Cardel’s animated Christmas film ‘Günter Falls In Love’ Directed by Josephine Lohoar Self airs over the Christmas season on RTÉjr, RTÉ2 & RTÉ Player

Cardel, the Offaly based production company completed a festive stop motion animation which will be broadcast on RTÉjr and RTÉ2 over Christmas. 

Günter’ Falls in Love’ tells the tale of a pudgy family pug who falls madly in love with an inanimate object one Christmas day. The film is directed by BAFTA nominated Josephine Lohoar Self with original music composed by Pablo Scopinaro. The film crew worked hard to craft a gorgeously hand-made, heart warming tale in time for RTÉ audiences this Christmas. 


One Christmas day, Günter, a pudgy family pug falls madly in love with an inanimate object. 


It’s Christmas Day and Günter, a pudgy pug watches from his dog bed as his human family unwrap their presents. When an uninterested child throws an old hand-me-down family TOY to the side, Günter becomes besotted. 


Josephine Lohoar Self 

Josephine Lohoar Self is a BAFTA nominated Writer, Director & Animator working predominantly in stop motion animation. Josephine’s most recent film ‘The Fabric of You’ won Best Animated Short at Palm Springs ShortFest while being nominated for a Scottish BAFTA. It received a Special Mention during its premiere at The Edinburgh International Film Festival (2019) and has gone on to play at Oscar Qualifying festivals around the world. She was selected as a Berlinale Talent at the 2020 Berlin International Film Festival and is currently developing her next stop motion animated film with support from the British Film Institute. 


Director Josephine Lohoar Self 

Writer Josephine Lohoar Self 

Executive Producer RTÉjr Eimear O’Mahony 

Executive Producers Cardel Carla Mooney, Delwyn Mooney Producers Carla Mooney, Delwyn Mooney, Joseph Wallace 

Production Manager Joshua Domnick 

DOP Vincent Engel

Animators Josephine Lohoar Self, Jan Gadermann Editor AnneMarie Wieser 

Colourist Andrea Gomez 

VFX/Compositor Bernd Macht 

Composer Pablo Scopinaro 

Sound Design Cornelius Koch 

Production Designer Tomás Palmer 

Model Makers / Assistant Designers Harry Pizzey, Blythe Brett Puppets, Armature and Costumes by Emma Clifton, Josephine Lohoar Self Face & Body / Armature Günter Andre Neemann 

Prop Makers Emeline Beroud, Akvile Dirmauskaite, Emma White, 

Kirsteen Lyth 

Carpenter Paul Gallagher 

Puppet Costume Svea Poestges 

Set Builders / Dressers Ioanna Tsolakidou, Sine Juhl, Clara Schulze, Anna Dokuchaeva 

BTS Photographer Burghard Engel 

Voice Actor Joshua Spriggs 

Production Company Cardel 

Special Thanks to Benjamin Bishop, Josina Von Minckuitz, SEC Studio & MAP Management Artist Postproduction, Ludwig Karmeraverleih, David Hunter 

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