Facts

Title

Checkered Ninja 2

Original Title

Ternet Ninja 2

Genre

Animation comedy 

Production Year

2021

Country of Origin

Denmark

Language Spoken

English

Duration

86 min incl end credits (24fps) / 82 min 33 sec 15 frs (25 fps)

Domestic Release:

19.08.2021 Nordisk Film Distribution

Production Company

A.Film Production A/S, Sudoku ApS, Pop Up Production ApS

Producers

Trine Heidegaard

Anders Mastrup

Scriptwriter

Anders Matthesen

Directors

Anders Matthesen

Thorbjørn Christoffersen

Synopsis

In CHECKERED NINJA 2, we again follow the boy Alex and Checkered Ninja on a frantic hunt for the villain from CHECKERED NINJA – Phillip Eppermint. As Eppermint manages to evade a prison sentence in Thailand, Checkered Ninja and Alex team up again along with Alex’s entire family to bust Eppermint in Thailand. Alex and Checkered Ninja’s friendship comes under intense pressure while they are swooped up in a dangerous mission to save the day.

The Team

Anders Matthesen

Director

Anders Matthesen is a comedian, actor, writer and director. During the years he has created and featured in a number of animations and features. 

Among these are the animation comedy ’Terkel in Trouble’ (2004) in which Matthesen did all the voice work. His feature film debut came with the comedy ’What Goes Around’ (2009) which he both directed, wrote and played the leading role in. In 2018 Matthesen is directing the animation ’Ternet Ninja’, which is based on a children's book written by himself.

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Thorbjørn Christoffersen

DIRECTOR

Thorbjørn Christoffersen (Denmark) was born in 1978 and graduated from The Animation Workshop in 2000. He’s been working in the animation 

industry ever since, as an animator and storyboard artist. He debuted in 2004 as a director on the domestic hit movie, ‘Terkel in Trouble’. He’s since then directed 4 animation feature films, the latest being Checkered Ninja 2, set to premiere August 19th 2021.

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Anders Mastrup

Producer

Anders Mastrup co-founded A. Film Production in 1988. Since then he has produced some of the best loved and highest grossing Danish and European 

animation features like ‘Help! I’m a Fish’ (2000), ‘Terkel in Trouble’ (2004), ‘ Asterix and the Vikings’ (2005), ‘Niko and the Way to the Stars’ (2008), ‘Olsen Gang gets Polished’ (2010), ‘The Incredible Story of the Giant Pear’ (2017) and ‘Checkered Ninja’ (2018).

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Trine Heidegaard

Producer

Trine Heidegaard is an independent animation producer with 20 years of experience in the European animation industry and runs Pop Up Production 

which mission is to develop and produce animated content to various platforms together with very strong and visionary directors. Trine Heidegaard has produced and co-produced some of the most successful feature films in Denmark like Checkered Ninja (2018), The Incredible Story Of The Giant Pear (2017) and Ronal The Barbarian (2011).

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Director's statement

Anders Matthesen
We take our well-established universe and gallery of characters from Checkered Ninja (1) to the next level in a road movie that contains crime story elements and a ticking clock. Moving the action to Thailand is a challenge but also has lots of visual opportunities. The family journey gives the audience an identifiable experience. The crime story is far more dangerous for Alex, with more at stake.

Two major themes permeate the film: one shows that it’s not about what you look like, but what you have inside you. C. N. is afraid his new body with red hearts makes him look like a girl. Little Honey Bee surprises C.N. by being the one to save the day.

The second theme is C.N.’s idea that the goal justifies the means. Alex teaches C.N. the importance of the process over the result, of camaraderie and of being a decent person.
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