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Valhalla (1986)

aka Valhalla

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I remember loving this cartoon as a kid, but unfortunately it most definitely did not stand the test of time. Very far from it, actually, and I ended up being pretty bored and amusing myself with other things while watching it. I only finished it because it was short (75min) and I got stubborn.

Loved that cartoon as a kid of maybe 6 years old.For me it did stand the test of time, although I did get bored on some parts of the movie, but that parts are for younger me.I still enjoyed the plot and characters, especially Quark and Loki :-).It is still better then many cartoons today..Ithas its weaknesses, dont get me wrong..but hey, it was made in 1986...80s cartoons had some magic in them with strong morals.

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Cast:

Small Thor (voice)
No_movie_poster Loke (voice)
No_movie_poster Røskva (voice)
No_movie_poster Tjalfe (voice)

Crew:

No_movie_poster Ron Goodwin Original Music Composer
No_movie_poster Bent Fabricius-Bjerre Executive Producer
No_movie_poster Peter Madsen Director
No_movie_poster Jeffrey James Varab Director
No_movie_poster Søren Håkansson Novel
No_movie_poster Henning Kure Novel
No_movie_poster Hans Rancke-Madsen Novel
No_movie_poster Niels Søndergaard Dialogue
No_movie_poster Per Vadmand Novel
No_movie_poster Michael Andreasen Executive Producer
No_movie_poster Vagn Bremerskov Executive Producer
No_movie_poster Frank Schmidt Executive Producer
No_movie_poster Palle Fogtdal Executive Producer
No_movie_poster Bent Hesselmann Original Music Composer
No_movie_poster Jussi Henry Olsen Original Music Composer
No_movie_poster Niels Grønlykke Director of Photography
No_movie_poster Jan-Erik Sandberg Director of Photography
No_movie_poster Lidia Sablone Editor

Plot:

The movie takes plot elements told from the three comic albums "Cry Wolf", "The Story of Quark" and "The Journey to Utgard-Loki".

Thor, the god of thunder, and Loki, habitually visiting Midgard (Earth), takes refuge for the night at a lonesome farm house, inhabited by a couple of ordinary Viking peasants and their two children, a boy named Tjalvi and his younger sister Röskva. Thor generously offers one of his (immortal) goats which is dragging his chariot, as a feast dinner for all of them, but strongly warns any of the members of the household from breaking the bones. Loki, always treacherous, persuades the boy Tjalvi into doing exactly that, for the sake of the good marrow inside.

The next morning, Thor revives his two goats, but is infuriated when he discovers that one of them has become lame, caused by the breaking of the bone the previous night. Thor is craving for revenge, but Loki instead suggests that they'll take the boy Tjalvi with them to Asgard as a servant, which Thor reluctantly accepts to. Tjalvi on his part is not very courageous on going to Asgard or the prospect of serving 'the mighty gods' either, but his sister Röskva is very adventurous and keen to go, even though she isn't even a prospect (being a girl). Eventually the gods and their new servant is going, leaving the parents and going to Asgard via Bifröst. Well arrived, they soon discover that Röskva has kept hiding in the chariot, as so she is allowed to follow the company and her brother to Thor's home Bilskirnir where his wife Sif and their two infant children are awaiting. Here, the two human children are put to hard physical work immediately, having to clean not only the mansion with its 540 rooms (sic) but also nursing the two infants and serving the gods.

The glamour of the 'immortals' and their world soon vanishes as Thor is frequently away from home on new adventures, leaving the human antagonists with all the hard work. As a regular friend of the house, one day Loki shows up with a small nonverbal Jötunnboy named Quark, which almost immediately causes havoc in the thundergod's home, and which Loki at first claims 'followed him' home, but finally professes he 'won', when he lost a bet with Útgarða-Loki and now has to keep until he behaves properly. Sif is so dispared, when she finds out Quark has to stay at Bilskirnir, that she leaves the home with the two infants in distress, which in turn, makes Thor go crazy and destroy everything around him, until he finally leaves, leaving Loki, Quark, Röskva and Tjalvi behind.

Soon, the children and Quark find they have something in common and befriend each other, while Loki just makes himself comfortably in 'his' new home. He acts as a lazy and cruel master of the house and the children and Quark finally run away to look up the mighty head of the gods Odin, who lives in nearby Valhalla and who they suppose will help them against the unfair behaviour of Loki. They find out he will not, and so they run out into the forest and build their own treehouse, setting up their own life. Almost everything is pure idyll, until Tjavli is visited by the raven's of Odin, Hugin and Munin who has appeared as the narrator's of the story. They lead Tjalvi to whell where they present him with visions of the future: Thor trying to hold up Jörmungandr, the World Serpent, the sea drying up and Thor hastly aging and dying. Thor returns and brings them back to Bilskirnir by force. Now he confronts Loki with Quark, demanding he brings him back to Útgarðar. Since Loki can't or won't bring Quark back, Thor forces him, by escorting him along with Röskva and Tjalvi.

The group travel Útgarðar, where Útgarða-Loki offers to take back Quark if they can win his challanges. First Loki is set to win a eating competition with a jötunn names Loge. At first Loki seems to be victorious but loses then Loge eats the entire bucket from which he ate. Thor is then challanges to drink from a giant drinking horn. Thor tries to but the horn does not seem to empty. The audience is shown that the horn is magicly conected to the ocean: Thor's drinking causes the sea level to shrink. Thor calls the bluff and is then asked to lift Útgarða-Loki's cat instead. Despite the small size of the cat he is unable to do it and instead demands a trail of combat. Útgarða-Loki then calls for his ancient mother, her appearence frightens the other jötunn. Thor tries to wreslte her down but is unable to. Instead he starts to age and the old hag wrestles him down. As Thor appears to die, Hugin and Munin show Tjalvi, Röskva and Quark the visions again in a bucket of water: Loge moving strangly like fire, Thor trying to lift Jörmungandr and Thor ageing and dying. Quark throws the water on Loge reavealing his true nature as a fire spirit: an firethurs. The water puts him out and kills him. Tjalvi and Röskva calls out the jötunn's tricks: the cat is in fact Jörmungandr and the old woman is Elle, the aging itself. Thor returns to his former self, but he and Loki has to keep Quark. As they leave Útgarða-Loki's castle Quark turns into a chicken. Loki has used his magic to trick everyone that it was Quark who know has to stay with the other jötunn. This saddens both him and Röskva. Home in Bilskirnir, Röskva walks out to the forest and suddenly Quark appears, having run away. The friends are now reunited.