Hugo, having quit his TV show sometime ago, is now a janitor in a smart hotel and lives with his human daughter, Squeaky, in the dark basement of the hotel building. To Squeaky this world is an adventure playground and Troll or not, Hugo is her dad and he’s the best dad in the world!
After Hugo causes mayhem with a stunt at the hotel and further disaster with the Mayor at the town hall (all watched on TV by the locals), Hugo becomes the focus of unwanted attention from Ratched from Social Services, who threatens to take Squeaky into care and away from him forever if he doesn’t clean up his act and repay all the damages his little escapade has caused. A janitor’s salary won’t cover it. What can he do?
Hope comes in the unlikely form of game show producer Simone who recognises Hugo from his disasters on the TV news. Simone has one vacancy on her new show and Hugo is the perfect, gullible Troll she has been searching for.
TV calls again and the prize money would repay his debts and get Squeaky back. What’s Hugo got to lose? Well, everything if the other contestants on the show have anything to do with it! Fredo, an evil leprechaun, a witch, a cupid with very sharp arrows and a zombie Egyptian Mummy all conspire to ensure Hugo will finish last.
It’s mission impossible for Hugo. But with his charming combination of innocence and disaster. Hugo takes the challenge and proves to everyone that love conquers all and that he’s the best dad Squeaky could ever have (just as Ratched secretly suspected).
Hugo is a Troll. He was also a television and computer game sensation in the Nineties. Hugo’s shows were watched by more than 400 million people in more the than 40 countries and his games on Commodore, Nintendo and PlayStation were legendary.
He’s Back! Together with animation studio Anima, we are bringing Hugo to the big screen.This disaster prone, loveable character will star in his own movie starting in June this year. Hugo’s new games are already boosting the franchise on IOS and Android with Hugo Troll Race, Hugo Troll Wars and Hugo World and will be developed further to establish Hugo as a major player in the games business.
ANIMATION STUDIO: Anima Vitae
Anima Vitae has been one of the leading animation studios in the Nordic region for over a decade. Anima is best known for 3D feature Niko and The Way to the Stars (2008) which was sold to 118 countries and was also nominated for the Best Feature at the European Film Awards. Currently the sequel for Niko, Niko 2 – Little Brother, Big Trouble, is traveling through the world. Anima has also been nominated twice for the Best European Animation Producer.
In 2013 Anima set up its second animation studio AnimaPoint, in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia in cooperation with a local partner, based on a production line sharing technology developed by Anima.
PRODUCER: Petteri Pasanen
Petteri Pasanen is the CEO and Producer of Anima. He is well-known award-winning feature animation producer armed with an impressive track record of putting together deals in the animation business including, Niko & The Way to the Stars produced between Anima Vitae and Cinemaker. The film was co-produced with recognized European production companies A.Film, Magma Films and Ulysses GmbH. The film was also nominated for the Best Feature at the European Film Awards. In the Finnish Oscars, Niko was awarded for a Best Film and Best Screenplay.
DIRECTORS: Mikko Pitkanen and Philip Einstein Lipski
Mikko Pitkänen is the award-winning director of the new Hugo adventure and is also Creative Director at Anima.
Philip Einstein Lipski, originally a copywriter at various advertising agencies in Denmark, has also worked in promotion teams marketing films such as the Danish hits Terribly Happy, Terkel in Trouble, Journey to Saturn, and the Swedish-Danish co-production The Girl Who Played with Fire. More recently, Philip co-directed the 3D animation feature film, Ronal The Barbarian. Philip co-directed with Thorbjørn Christoffersen and Kresten Vestbjerg Andersen, and was Philip's feature film debut.