VIP - My brother, the superman

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German title VIP - My brother the superman
Original title Vip, mio ​​fratello superuomo
Country of production Italy
original language Italian
Publishing year 1968
length 79 minutes
Director Bruno Bozzetto
script Bruno Bozzetto, Attilio Giovannini, Guido Manuli
production Bruno Bozzetto
music Franco Godi
camera Luciano Marzetti
cut Luciano Marzetti

VIP - My brother, the superman is a colored cartoon by Bruno Bozzetto from 1968. The music is contributed by Franco Godi . The film was continued in 2008 in the television series PsicoVip .

The story is a parody based on the Superman stories and is about the VIPs who are male superheroes who always freed female creatures from evil monsters or uninvited admirers.

In 2018 a continuation in comic form appeared under the title Minivip & Supervip. Il mistero del viavai ( Eng . Minivip & Supervip - The secret of the there-and-away , Splitter Verlag 2019), drawn by Grégory Panaccione based on a scenario by Bruno Bozzetto and Nicola Ioppolo.


Mustache VIP marries, somewhat confused by the name “supermarket”, a cashier from one of these and had two completely dissimilar sons. One, the super-VIP, becomes a sturdy man and the other is the slim, glasses-wearing mini-VIP who, in contrast to the big brother, becomes a laughing stock. Super VIP cannot leave the suffering little brother alone with his physical defects and the resulting inferiority complexes and leads him to the best psychiatrists in the country. One of them advises him to go on a sea voyage incognito.

The thin man embarks on a boat trip, but soon feels seasick and uncomfortable. One day there is a costume party on the cruise ship, but at first mini-VIP does not come in without costume. When he takes off his incognito robe, in his appearance as a mini-VIP, he enters and is soon invited to dance by a lion mask. He is so excited that he even flies briefly in the air. He stands out and is introduced to the audience as a special guest, a VIP. Mini-VIP should swallow a piece of dynamite to show how strong he is. But this gets to do with the horror, throws away the dynamite and jumps through a porthole into a rescue ship, after him the lion mask.

On the radio, the departure of Mini-VIP is reported in the news and Super-VIP is looking for his skinny brother. After a few days of voyage with the lion mask, he succeeds in landing on a paradise island. While he sends the lion mask out to look for food, he tries to make a fire. But the lion mask falls into the captivity of a mad colonel and is thrown into a dungeon. After Mini-VIP is rescued by his brother, he insists that the lion mask behind which a young woman is hiding be saved as well. The ruler of the island is a lady named "Happy Betty", who also had the lion mask kidnapped. This lady has over 15,000 supermarkets worldwide and wants to establish a worldwide forced consumption monopoly. She shows some potential donors a system developed by a professor who has been held prisoner, with which people, through an implant in their heads, become completely mindless consumers who only want to buy from her. The implants are said to be shot at people from a rocket launched into space.

While Super-VIP has found the lion mask in her dungeon and falls in love with the young lady named Lisa, who is studying anthropology in it, Mini-VIP watches the demonstration, but is discovered. He manages to escape again. In doing so, he discovers the small girl Nervustrella, who has already been damaged by an implant from Happy Betty. This girl adores Mini-VIP and wants to be set free through him. When he is about to saw through the bars, Nervustrella tells him that the bars are wide enough, but that she cannot stand the height to get into his arms. The Colonel tries to take Super-VIP and Lisa prisoner, but this fails due to the strength of the VIP. Finally, Super-VIP brings Lisa and Nervustrella to safety. While Lisa is taking a bath, Super-VIP falls in love with the red-haired student. So distracted, he doesn't notice the colonel, who then takes her prisoner.

Mini-VIP, captured by Happy Betty, is now supposed to have such a brainwashing implant inserted. Betty has also convinced her financiers that the rocket should start soon. But when the colonel comes in and announces that he has captured the VIP, an argument breaks out as to who caught the VIP. Mini-VIP flees in the confusion and drives away on Happy Betty's tank. However, he is too nervous to save Super-VIP and the two women because Happy Betty tries to force him to give up over the loudspeaker. While Mini-VIP fights against an implant equipped with an eye, Super-VIP manages to smash the inner door and deflect the rocket that is just starting. This falls on Happy Betty and her private army, who are now getting their own implants. Super-VIP, Mini-VIP, Lisa and Nervustrella laugh about it and leave the island. Mini-VIP, now deeply in love with Nervustrella, lands with this and a previously hired helicopter directly in a church.

Production and publication

The film was directed in 1968 by Bruno Bozzetto , who also wrote the script with Attilio Giovannini and Guido Manuli. The music was composed by Franco Godi and Luciano Marzetti was responsible for the editing. Giovanni Mulazzani was the artistic director.

The film premiered on October 31, 1968 in Italy. On November 3, 1972, he came to the Federal Republic of Germany. In addition, the film has been translated into French, English, Spanish and Danish.


role Italian
Speaker (prologue) Carlo D'Angelo Friedrich Schönfelder
Lisa Fiorella Betti Renate Danz
Nervustrella Micaela Esdra Margot Rothweiler
Mini VIP Oreste Lionello Gerd Duwner
Schultz Pino Locchi Friedrich W. Building School
Happy Betty Lidia Simoneschi Ingrid van Bergen
Chief Musician 'Adams Boys' Luciano de Ambrosis Erich Fiedler


The film was very successful in Italy. The Lexicon of International Films writes:

"Animated film that pokes fun at relevant comic strips, science fiction and agent films and at the same time attacks the omnipresent hype with a poetic and humorous approach."

Individual evidence

  1. Mario Serellini: Bozzetto: il cinema snobba i cartoon italiani ma mi vuole Disney. La Repubblica , April 6, 2009, accessed November 22, 2012 .
  2. Roberto Chiavini, Gian Filippo Pizzo, Michele Tetro: Il grande cinema di fantascienza: da "2001" al 2001 . Gremese Editore, 2001, p. 159.
  3. ^ Gian Piero Brunetta: The History of Italian Cinema . Princeton University Press, 2009, p. 131.

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