My Grandmother Ironed the King's Shirts

My Grandmother Ironed the King's Shirts

                                My Grandmother Ironed the King's Shirts
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This Oscar®-nominated animated film comes from Oscar®-winning filmmaker Torill Kove (The Danish Poet). It's a tall tale about her grandmother's life in Oslo, Norway, during World War II. Sharp and whimsical, her story combines her grandmother's tales with historical events and fantasy, showing how a cherished anecdote can come to acquire a mythical status. King Harald of Norway said, "I love the irony of this short."

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My Grandmother Ironed the King's Shirts, Torill Kove, provided by the National Film Board of Canada

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  • story
    Torill Kove
  • direction
    Torill Kove
  • animation
    Torill Kove
  • narration
    Mag Ruffman
  • colour design
    Anne Ashton
  • additional animation
    Luigi Allemano
    Ketil Bruun Andersen
  • additional backgrounds
    Anne Ashton
    Natasha Nikitina
  • trace and paint
    Luigi Allemano
    Ketil Bruun Andersen
    Anne Ashton
    Laurence Ayi
    Elaine Gasco
    Gina Georgousis
  • animation camera
    Pierre Landry
    Lynda Pelley
    Thea Pratt
    Karl Erik Ruud
  • animatic
    Pal Gengenbach
    Morten Skallerud
  • testing
    Pal Gengenbach
    Morten Skallerud
  • music
    Kevin Dean
  • musician
    Kevin Dean
    Jan Jarczyk
    Dave Laing
  • sound
    Normand Roger
    Jean-Baptiste Roger
  • music recording
    Geoffrey Mitchell
    Martin Rouillard
  • final mix
    Shelley Craig
  • final mix - assistance
    Geoffrey Mitchell
  • post-production coordination
    Éric Barbeau
  • program administrator
    Gisèle Guilbault
  • executive producer
    David Verrall
  • producer
    Marcy Page
    Lars Tommerbakke

  • robswilderness

    The image of the man standing beside the horse near the end of the film looks very much like Herman Jackrabbit Smith-Johannsen! Is it him?

    robswilderness, 31 May 2013
  • stonesprout

    Easy to see why this won an Oscar. Very well done in every respect...Bravo!

    stonesprout, 10 Mar 2011
  • Puneetchandra


    Puneetchandra, 24 Jan 2011