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Haakon Haakonsen (1990)

I was thinking of what kind of movies would get me into the pirate kind of mood, since I’m writing pirates right now. I think I have at least one on my shelf, but I can’t remember if it’s on VHS or DVD. I didn’t find it, so it probably is in the VHS box in the storage room. I can’t even play VHS any more, so that’s not happening anyway.

Then I added VHS and pirates in my head. And I remembered a Norwegian movie my dad had many years ago. Haakon Haakonsen. (Or Håkon Håkonsen, as we call it in Norwegian, since we actually use the letter ‘å’.)

11ddff45ebd3I basically grew up with this movie. I’ve seen it so many times now, but not in many years. I thought “hey, maybe it’s uploaded somewhere,” and then I found it on YouTube. Guess what I did this morning.

Think Robinson Crusoe meets Treasure Island. A boy has to go to sea to earn money, since the family farm is on the line. He soon gets the hang of seafaring, and becomes a part of the crew. Then, there is a storm, and the ship goes down. The boy is now on a jungle island, all alone, and has to survive. MV5BMTQ0NTMwMzAyNV5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTcwNDg3MTQ4MQ@@._V1_SY317_CR5,0,214,317_AL_Disney also published this movie in the US, but then it was called Shipwrecked, and all the scenes where they speak Norwegian in the original movie was re-shot in English. I’ve seen clips of it, but listening to Norwegians speak among themselves in English makes me cringe. It’s just something about the Norwegian accent. Ugh. No.

But one day I will get through the English version of this movie.

Fun fact: One of the actors in this movie was actually married to my aunt for some years. And that wedding was the first family thing I brought Husband to.

“Epic” (2013)

Husband brought some new movies we hadn’t seen (or, at least I hadn’t seen any of them) when he came home Wednesday. Among them was the animated movie Epic. So we watched it.

I went in with healthy skepticism. I hadn’t heard anything about this movie. I knew it came out, yes, but I don’t even know if anyone I know have even watched it.

I loved it.

And of course my brain found something to obsess about for the whole movie. You see, this is part of the soundtrack:

And my brain was, like, “Where have I heard this before?”

Half an hour after the movie was done, though, my brain finally remembered. Listen to this:

Although not as “completely identical” as my brain insisted on, they have a lot of similarities. And there is such a relief to actually find the thing your brain is looking for. You’re trying to remember something that’s just slipping your memory several times, before you finally can pinpoint it.

But back to the movie. I loved it. If you like things like a tiny society of people in the forest, watch this. It’s quite epic indeed.