Based on the classic children’s book by Sebastian Lybeck, the first screen adaptation about the prickly forest dweller Latte will be released on Christmas Day. In Latte and the Magic Waterstone She goes on an adventurous journey through the forest alongside a squirrel to prove to those around her that hedgehogs can also be real heroes. We reveal more about the film in our review.
The plot summary
Latte calls herself a princess and is a bright, confident hedgehog. Unfortunately, she doesn’t have many friends in her forest. That doesn’t change when she accidentally destroys all of her water supplies while fighting with the squirrel Tjum. Since the forest has been suffering from a severe drought for some time, Latte sees no other option than to go in search of the legendary water stone and prove to all the other forest dwellers that she is not just a hedgehog, but a real adventurer. Tjum follows Latte and the two of them embark on an exciting journey together. Their destination: the Bear Forest, because they have heard that there is not only running water there, but also the magical water stone that can be used to get the river flowing again. But the bears don’t want to give up the stone so quickly…
Latte and the Magic Waterstone Movie Meaning & ending
Winner of the German Youth Literature Prize in 1959 and sold more than 600,000 copies in Germany alone, “Latte Igel” is an extremely popular children’s book. It’s not just about the eponymous hedgehog lady and her penchant for always plunging herself into exciting adventures at breakneck speed. In particular, the needs of nature, especially the forest, are presented in “Latte Hedgehog” in an entertaining and child-friendly way. Now the self-confident spiny animal is getting its first feature film. The experienced children’s and family film directors Nina Wels (“The Little Dragon Coconut”) and Regina Welker (who directed the short film “Colour Dwarfs”) remain more than faithful to the original in their adaptation. In “Latte Hedgehog and the Magic Water Stone” the audience also sees a tough hedgehog heroine who throws herself into a contemporary adventure. She (and with her the audience) not only gets to know the forest and its inhabitants. The plot about the lack of water in the forest also gives the “Latte Hedgehog” film a pithy explosiveness, even if it is not global warming that is to blame, but the theft of a water stone. Of course, the film still provides food for thought to talk to your child about nature and its needs.
The bears stole the water stone…
In the form of a kind of road trip or better: forest trip, Latte and the affectionate squirrel Tjum go through the forest and get to know various different animals. The evil wolves, the lynx who are scheduled to stay in daylight, the bears who live together in large groups; The biodiversity presented in “Latte Hedgehog and the Magic Water Stone” is huge and offers various topics of conversation for children and parents after the film. Of course, the behavior of the numerous four-legged friends is still overstylized; But thankfully there is no drawing of one-dimensional images of enemy species. The animation of the forest world is also extremely convincing; especially for a film with a significantly lower budget than films from Disney or Pixar. The landscapes in particular sometimes look downright photorealistic – especially at night – while the animals all seem cute, but are never visually humanized too much. It’s almost reminiscent of a 3D version of the once-acclaimed animated series “When the Animals Left the Forest”; except that in “Latte Hedgehog and the Magical Water Stone” things are a little more peaceful. In the end, the whole thing is a pleasantly classic family film with lots of humor, charm and of course lots of animals.
With the title heroine Latte and her reluctant boyfriend Tjum, who follows her like a shadow on the journey, the filmmakers also turn the classic gender-related role distribution on the left. The young hedgehog lady is courageous, rebellious and doesn’t listen to the words of the surrounding forest dwellers, while the squirrel boy is predominantly fearful and has to be convinced by Latte to go on an adventure more than once. At the same time, one never gets the impression that the scenes illustrating this come with a raised finger. For Nina Wels and Regina Welker it is simply a matter of course that they draw the animals the way they are already done in the novel. All of this makes “Latte Hedgehog and the Magic Water Stone” a timelessly good children’s and family film, in which messages and inspiration are not served with a mallet, but rather served in a charming and subliminal way. That’s the way it has to be!
Conclusion: Great animations, a child-friendly adventure and an environmentally positive message – “Latte Hedgehog and the Magical Water Stone” is a great screen adaptation of the popular children’s book and is worth going to the cinema with the whole family.
“Latte Hedgehog and the Magic Water Stone” can be seen in USA cinemas from December 26th.