De rode zwaan

12 Jul



Dutch Disney fantasy film
Year: 1999
Year in film: 1990s (bibs)
Country: The Netherlands
Who in bibs: Jacob ~12 ys ?
Available on DVD: yes *
I own: yes
Bib occurence: often
Rating:  10/10
Rating: **********
Comment: Rufus Heikens in raw denim bibs (pictured). I think this is the best non-US bib film so far. No girls or other actors in bibs, but other good scenes. First the bib scenes.
He mainly wears bibs or just shirt and underwear. Very good bib scenes, multiple dressing/undressing scenes, dressing on while wearing wet underwear then running with one suspender hanging on his back. Bibs are sometimes worn a bit baggy and the color is a bit lighter than usual raw denims but I would still call them so.

2 swimming scenes with the boy and girl, first at the beginning, which is a flashback of the 1930s, both in white underwear, later in other underwear. Also 2 romantic scenes including kissing and pulling gently on her pigtails.
Half of the film is set in 1990s and dealing about a grandfather-grandson relationship. Fantasy scenes with tree people, partly medieval and with ancient Roman soldiers (2000 years ago) and fish monsters. Bib scenes also in fantasy world (except Roman).
Some funny scenes, like peeing at those tree man and a fish monster seeing a cook chopping off a fish’s head while time is frozen. But also some scary scenes.

I like this movie and rate even 10, although I don’t like some of the fantasy scenes and of course it could be better, more actors in bibs, more scenes (from behind) etc. But have to give 10.

Famous novel by Sjoerd Kuyper. Film (aka The Red Swan) was produced by famous Dick Maas and Laurens Geels. No trailers webwide.

There was a DVD and VHS release in 2007 (Dutch language only). I’ve read that there were problems with the classification organization Kijkwijzer that didn’t accept the rating AL (=rating G) printed on the DVD covers and missing icons for violence and fear content. I don’t know how this ended. Perhaps that’s why the DVD is (currently) not available (in new condition). But could also be simply sold out.

I don’t want to use more pics than necessary for Disney films. There are better scenes but I decided using this pics showing Jacob (both pics) and Neeltje (Sanne Himmelreich) with pigtails. His hair is a bit wild on the right. Short hair in 1930s scenes, I think there both same actors. Perhaps I will also buy the book, which is available in different languages. The title is about a wooden (and living) red swan which Jacob had to find, but I don’t want to tell too much of the plot for those who wants to see the film.




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