JANOSCH: THE TRIP TO PANAMA
© Susanne Brill, Florian Schmidt Altmühltalbühne Medienproduktion, Irina Probost Küss die Hand Filmproduktion, R&R Dialogpool
ADVENTURE TRIP FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY
“How good,” said the little tiger, “to have a friend who can build a raft. Then there’s nothing to be afraid of.” Since 1978, Janosch’s popular children’s book Oh, How Beautiful is Panama has taken adventurers young and old on an incredible journey around the world – and along the way shows what really matters in life.
The little tiger and the little bear live contentedly in their little house by the river. One day a wooden box washes up on the shore: on the outside it says “Panama” – on the inside it smells like bananas. With the tiger duck in their luggage, the two set off: In Panama, they think, everything is much nicer, bigger and better. On their long journey, they meet Schnuddel, Bong the monkey and Mallorca the donkey. They fall off a bridge and, after a wild ride across the high seas, land on a deserted island in the sea. There they actually find the longed-for bananas – but in reality they long for something completely different: their home …
“Experiences are like apple pie: homemade is best.” (Janosch)
The musical The Trip To Panama is based on the 2006 animated feature film of the same name, which brought Janosch’s bestselling children’s book to the screen using modern computer technology. Prominent voice actors included Til Schweiger as “Little Tiger,” Dietmar Bär as “Little Bear,” Anke Engelke and Ralf Schmitz.
The musical adaptation is realized by Irina Probost, who was already responsible for the feature film production as producer, in co-production with Reinhold Hoffmann. The imaginative musical production takes young and old visitors live on board the sailing boat heading for the supposed paradise. A wonderful poetic story about friendship, home and great happiness.
Director Florian Schmidt stages the interactive musical play for globetrotters aged four and up. The lively songs from pop to rock to hip-hop, which are played by a five-piece live band, were composed by co-producer Reinhold Hoffmann, known to many fans of the band Haindling, who already composed the cheerful “Panama Song” for the movie, which really makes you want to sing along and of course cannot be missing in the musical.
Mhhhh… can you already smell the bananas?
The (life) artist Janosch
Children’s author, illustrator and artist Horst Eckert (*1931) has published hundreds of books under the pseudonym “Janosch”; among the best known are The Trip To Panama and Komm, wir finden einen Schatz (Come, Let’s Find a Treasure), which struck a chord with the anti-authoritarian era in the late 1970s. Inspired by Janosch’s most famous character, the Tigerenten-Club became a successful children’s program. Since 2013, Janosch has been drawing the Wondrak column in Zeitmagazin. Back in 1980, he moved to Tenerife, where he lives the life of a hermit – to savor his love of freedom to the fullest.
“He who needs nothing, has everything.” (Janosch)