Filming at MMC Studios: "The School of Magical Animals

Magical it is since a few days in the MMC Studios in Cologne: In from the MMC Art Department built and lovingly furnished sets, the filming of THE SCHOOL OF MAGICAL ANIMALS held.

The magical Adventure, based on the successful book series by Margit Auer and after a Screenplay by Viola M. J. Schmidt, comes on November 26, 2020 into German cinemas.

According to Filming in Austria and Munich will until mid-November at MMC Studios shot in Cologne.

Ida (Emilia Meier) has to move. Away from her home, her school and above all: away from her friends. She has a hard time in her new class. One day, her class teacher Miss Cornfield (Nadja Uhl) announces that soon every child in the class will have a magical animal as a companion.

Of all people, the two outsiders Ida and Benni (Leonard Conrads) are the first to receive their new companions, who are to become friends for life. Ida is given the fox Rabbat (voiced by Frederick Lau) at her side, Benni the turtle Henrietta (voiced by Katharina Thalbach). Not only can the magical animals talk, they each have a character all their own. While Henrietta is a bit slow, but almost 200 years old and very wise, Rabbat is as smart as he is shrewd.

Through Rabbat, Ida suddenly becomes the star of the class and everyone wants to be friends with her. Benni remains an outsider. But at least he can skateboard with Henrietta and share his passion for pirates.

There is other excitement in the school: Again and again, objects disappear, a school thief is up to his mischief! Wild suspicions circulate and the exciting search for the culprit begins.

First time will present the successful and in more than 20 languages translated Children and youth book series THE SCHOOL OF MAGICAL ANIMALS films and comes to the big screen.

The cinematic adventure for the whole family around the wonderful stories of author Margit Auer will be presented by Director Gregor Schnitzler brought to life.

In the main roles are Emilia Maier, Leonard Conrads, Loris Sichrovsky, Nadja Uhl ("Timm Thaler oder das verkaufte Lachen"), Milan Peschel ("Jim Button and Luke the Locomotive Driver"), Justus von Dohnányi ("The Pubert Animal"), Heiko Pinkowski ("The most beautiful girl in the world"), Stephan Luca ("Man's got to get through it") and Marleen Lohse ("Red Ribbon Club - How It All Began"). Frederick Lau ("Woof - follow the dog"), Katharina Thalbach ("Hanni & Nanni: More than Best Friends") and Sophie Rois ("Burg Schreckenstein") lend their voices to the magical animals.

THE SCHOOL OF MAGIC ANIMALS will be produced by Kordes & Kordes Film Süd, in co-production with LEONINE, Wega Film Wien and Clever Productions.

Sponsored by the Medien- und Filmgesellschaft Baden-Württemberg (MFG), the FilmFernsehFonds Bayern (FFF), the Filmförderungsanstalt (FFA), the Medienboard and the Film- und Medienstiftung NRW, the Deutscher Filmförderfonds (DFFF), the Bayerischer Bankenfonds (BFF), the Österreichisches Filminstitut, the Filmfonds Wien and FISA.

Photo: On the set of THE SCHOOL OF MAGIC ANIMALS at MMC Studios in Cologne.

Back row: The producers Laura Clever (Clever Productions) and Meike Kordes (Kordes & Kordes Film Süd), Gregor Schnitzler (director), Jens Wolf (Managing Director of MMC Studios), Viola M.J. Schmidt (screenwriter), Bastie Griese (Head of Film Production, MMC Studios)

Middle row: Milan Peschel ("Mr. Morrison"), Nadja Uhl ("Miss Cornfield"), Justus von Dohnányi ("Headmaster Siegmann"), Petra Müller (CEO Film- und Medienstiftung NRW)

Front row: Emilia Maier ("Ida"), Leonard Conrads ("Benni")

Photo Credit: ©2019 Kordes & Kordes Film GmbH / Photo: Bernd Spauke