There was a moose

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Original title There was a moose
Country of production Germany
original language German
Publishing year 2005
length 90 minutes
Age rating FSK 0
Director Ben Verbong
script Andreas Steinhöfel ,
Andreas Bradler
production Ewa Karlström ,
Andreas Ulmke-Smeaton ( SamFilm )
music Ralf Wengenmayr
camera Jan Fehse
cut Alexander Dittner

It's a moose sprung is a German comedy film by Ben Verbong from 2005, based on the novel of the same name by Andreas Steinhöfel . In the middle of the winter night (2013), another film adaptation of the literary original was made.


Shortly before Christmas Eve, ten-year-old Bertil, who is being bullied by a fat boy at school, wants nothing more than to see his father, who is on a research trip to the North Pole. He, his sister Kiki and their mother live together in a remote house in the forest. When suddenly a moose breaks through the living room ceiling, his life changes suddenly. The moose can speak and introduces himself as Mr. Moose, because he is Santa's moose. He went off the track and crashed during a test flight by Santa Claus. Bertil and Mr. Moose quickly become friends, but Santa Claus, who made an emergency landing in Ireland , is already looking for the moose so that he can replace the reindeer in time for Christmas . The elk has to be hidden from Mr. Pannecke, the Wagners' landlord and a passionate hunter. He is also interested in Bertil's mother, who has since received a visit from her extroverted friend Gerlinde from the city. However, it also proves to be useful against the bullies from Bertil who flee from him.

Grandmother Wagner brings a hitchhiker who introduces himself as Santa Claus. In the meantime, Pannecke has found the velvet bag with the galactic Milky Way dust in the forest, which the talking elk lost while grazing there, essential for flying. When Pannecke unsuspectingly tried the dust on his fried eggs, the pan was suddenly empty and the eggs floated upwards - like several of his chickens that had nibbled on the dust. While Santa Claus is pampered by the ladies and grandmother, respectively, with coffee, rock-hard coconut biscuits and later with eggnog and claret, Bertil manages to get into Pannecke, grab the bag and cover the Pannecke armed with his hunting rifle with stardust to convey the ceiling. It gets stuck in a deer antler chandelier, but after a while it lands extremely rudely on the table, because the effect of the stardust disappears after a certain time.

In the morning, Santa Claus says goodbye in style through the window, but is picked up, not quite sober and always pretending to be Santa Claus, and admitted to the psychiatry "Wahnfried" at the castle, where the clinic director - an older professor of psychology - deals with him "Santa Claus" asked on the sofa. An attempt to free the women and children who appear in front of the clinic in a car fails at the clinic doorman, who does not let anyone in or out without papers and IDs. Bertil is now implementing the idea of ​​flying to the castle with an elk and stardust to free Santa Claus. He has now switched roles. After unsuccessful “I'm not Santa Claus at all”, when asked about his job, he succeeds in describing the Santa Claus myth so credibly that the clinic director, remembering his own childhood, begins to tell about Santa Claus, except when he is covered with a coat, in spring there was no room for the melting snowman. When the head of the clinic falls asleep above it, Santa Claus tries to disappear through the chimney, as the doors and windows are locked, but gets stuck at the top.

While the doctors and nurses entering the room lead the clinic director, who now believes in Santa Claus, away, Bertil is already floating on the moose over the roof. With the help of Elk and Bertil, who has tied a rope around Santa Claus, they pull him out of the chimney, whereby the force of the cable pull lands him on the elk's back. However, since he lets the rope slip out of his mouth, Bertil has to land on the back of the moose, which is now hovering next to the roof, in front of Santa Claus, who flies straight back to the house and drops Bertil. So that Pannecke doesn't shoot the elk with his rifle, the children who once bullied Bertil, under the direction of his sister Kiki, attach fireworks to his perch, which bring him to the last second before Pannecke can shoot the flying elk. Instead of pulling the reindeer, he is allowed to pull the Christmas sleigh and disappears with Santa Claus to the North Pole . There, Bertil's father, Stefan Wagner, is packing samples together with a colleague in a polar station, thinking about falling stars and his heart's desire to be at home. Santa Claus teleports Bertil's father to the moose with stardust in front of his completely astonished colleague and, minutes later, lets the polar explorer land through the roof of his home in the living room - in front of his astonished and delighted family.


The film-dienst describes the film as a “warm-hearted, carefully staged Christmas story” , which “[was] photographed in an atmospheric way and carried by a playful ensemble” . On the other hand, criticizes the film as "low tension [and] not very funny" . Although the film is "reasonably friendly, bearable family entertainment" , it would unimaginatively retrieve elements of Christmas and "not challenge" most of the children .


In 2006 the film received the Bavarian Film Prize for Best Family Film . He also received the children's media award at the Munich Film Festival and the rating “particularly valuable” from the film evaluation office .

Individual evidence

  1. Age rating for A moose sprang from . Youth Media Commission .
  2. There is a moose sprung from the Lexicon of International FilmsTemplate: LdiF / Maintenance / Access used , accessed on August 13, 2008.
  3. ^ Film review on, Björn Helbig, accessed on August 13, 2008.

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