Czech filmmaker Jan Sverak, whose “Kolya” won the 1997 Oscar for best-foreign language film, has created a little gem with his latest, which combines puppetry with animation and live action.
Ray Bennett, The Hollywood Reporter
When asthmatic, six-year-old Ondra is forced to throw away his scruffy, sawdust-stuffed old teddy bear named KOOKY, he prays for the safe return of his furry friend. Soon afterwards, way across town, Kooky is about to be crushed in a rubbish dump when he suddenly comes to life.
Director: Jan Sverak
Producer: Eric Abraham & Jan Sverak
“A sweetly old-fashioned celebration of childhood imagination (…) like “The Wind in the Willows” meets the early work of Jan Svankmajer.”
Alissa Simon, Variety.