What is the standard greeting in Hawaiian



JOSÉ GARCÍA


At times children can feel terribly lonely and long for a friend. The authors of children's books and films also know this: In one of the best animated films of the past year, the Disney cartoon “Lilo & Stitch”, the five-year-old Hawaiian girl Lilo prayed for “a friend - someone who doesn't run away immediately”. The orphan Lilo, who is raised by her older sister Tina, is then allowed to choose a dog as a playmate.

A dog would also be the favorite present of seven-year-old Eric. The boy lives with his family in Stockholm and, like Lilo, longs for a playmate. Because his sister and brother, like Lilo's sister Tina, are already teenagers and hardly interested in their little brother. Eric's enthusiasm knows no bounds when one good day a plump guy with a propeller on his back comes flying to his window.

He introduces himself as Karlsson from the roof. Not exactly modest, the cheerful, middle-aged guy claims to be "the world's best Karlsson" and to be very clever on top of that. In addition to his infinite showing off, there are other characteristics that Eric and the audience will soon discover: voraciousness, selfishness and an irrepressible desire to annoy people. Although every encounter with the chaotic leads to a disaster, the lonely boy is thrilled to have finally found a friend. What seven-year-old is invited by a comrade for a flight over the rooftops of the city? Karlsson even takes Eric to his little house on the roof of an apartment building in Vasastan, in the middle of Stockholm.

The figure of "Karlsson from the roof" goes back to Astrid Lindgren (1907–2002), who wrote her stories about Eric and the voracious man with a propeller on his back from 1955 onwards. Together with “Pippi Longstocking”, Karlsson is one of Lindgren's characters who have consistently become classics of children's book literature.

A popular German children's book character resembles a popular German children's book character, not just in his outward appearance, but above all in her snotty manner: “Das Sams”. The real-life version of “Das Sams” became a masterpiece of children's films and a great box-office success, on the one hand thanks to the ideal cast of the main and numerous supporting roles, on the other hand because of the ingenious interplay between adult and childish behavior that appeals to young and old alike .

While “Das Sams” is committed to an unobtrusive but effective pedagogy, and even the villain “Experiment 626” in “Lilo & Stitch” becomes a dear friend thanks to the security of the family, the boastful and selfish “Karlsson “Miss any change in his lifestyle.

The cute, natural drawing that dominates the film also contrasts optically with the snappy figure of Karlsson. Such a straightforward animation fits the epic narrative style and the traditional values ​​conveyed in it, for example from "Spirit - The Wild Mustang", but hardly to the pranks of the voracious show-off.

The fact that Karlsson's character remains lovable is not only due to his carefree manner, which is laid on for all sorts of jokes, and his ingenuity, for example when catching two burglars. At least in the German version, Karlsson also has a decisive advantage in the voice of Jürgen Vogel.

The German actor, who had his first children's film experience in 2000 in “Emil und die Detektiven”, in which he played the gangster Max Grundis with obvious pleasure, lends Karlsson his mischievous voice. The sentences spoken by him succinctly - from Karlsson's standard greeting "Heissa Hopsa" to "That doesn't bother a great spirit" - add amusing accents. They belong to the really funny highlights of "Karlsson vom Dach".