The Living Forest

The Living Forest

Plot/ Synopsis:
Every day, lazy old Mr. D’Abondo and his faithful servant Rosendo go through Cecebre forest. Sometimes the wary servant can’t help saying out loud: “Lord help me if sometimes I don’t think that the whole forest is alive”. And the fact of the matter is that it is alive, because as soon as the humans disappear, Nature becomes transformed and shows its entire splendor as the trees open their eyes, hidden until then among the moss and lichen that adorn their barks, and the whole forest springs to life.

One day, two men dressed in blue overalls plant a rather odd new neighbor: a telephone post that is quite stuck-up, and the problems start. And if there’s an expert in problems, that’s Furi, a small and friendly mole who is secretly in love with Linda, who  is always egging him on to forget his fears and be happier. Just when it seems as though Furi has plucked up courage to declare his love, he finds that Linda has disappeared and with her, the whole colony of forest moles, hunted down by the humans.

Morriña the cat, Piorno the mouse, Luci the firefly, Carballo the oak tree, and the forest’s other inhabitants join forces to solve the problems and bring back harmony and happiness to the Living Forest.

“The Forest is a living tapestry that fills every one of the Earth’s folds”
(Wenceslao Fernández Flórez, The Living Forest)

Inspiration:
“The Living Forest” is the title of the novel that Wenceslao Fernández Flórez (1885-1964) wrote about life in the forests of Galicia. This novel is one of the most poetic and humane works of this famous Galician writer and journalist.
Ever since it was published in 1943, the novel has been known as a “fundamental work of Spanish literature”. Even Walt Disney struck up began negotiations with the author to adapt the novel, but unfortunately they both died before they could reach an agreement.

It was not until 1987 that the novel was adapted by Rafael Azcona and turned into a feature movie directed by José Luís Cuerda that was an instant success, winning eight Goya awards from the Spanish Film Academy the next year and drawing 649,000 spectators to cinemas all over Spain. That film focused on the human characters, leaving aside the beings embodied by the animals and trees, who have had to wait until now to get their first chance to star as cartoon characters.

Awards:
Won:  Best Animation, Camério 2002, Carrousel International du Film
Best Animated Feature Film or Video, Children’s Jury Award 2002, Chicago International Children’s Film Festival
Best Animation Film & Best Original Song 2002, Goya Awards
Critics’ Award, Fantasporto 2002