Karius and Baktus

Original title
Karius og Baktus
Production year
15 min
35 mm colour film

The Steadfast Tin Soldier was followed by Karius and Baktus. The movie, which was made at Norsk Film's studios at Jar outside Oslo, premiered in December 1955. The collaboration with Thorbjørn Egner, the author of the book on which it was based, was very productive and the film went on to be a great success, internationally too.

During the screening at the Cannes Film Festival, the puppets on display caused quite a media sensation when they were stolen. However, next day they were returned, and the famous American comedian, Danny Kaye, added to their fame by using them in one of his shows in Cannes.

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Plot summary

På scenen

On a stage with both an orchestra and a theatre manager, a little play is unfolding. The play concerns the two tooth trolls, Karius and Baktus, who play havoc and lark about inside Jens's teeth.

Kaius og Baktus

As the curtain rises, we see Karius busy making a hole with a large drill. He's planning to drill an underground tunnel from his tooth over to Baktus's tooth. Karius is a pessimist, and reckons Jens will soon give up eating candies and snacks, while Baktus optimistically believes that Jens is none too fond of wholewheat bread and milk, so they can probably carry on having a high old time. So they carry on drilling and hammering and having a whale of a time.

Karius blir engstelig

In the distance, Jens is complaining because he's got such bad toothache. Then they hear Jens's mother telling him to brush his teeth. Karius gets scared and says to Baktus they should shout to Jens that he's not to do as his mother says.

Tannbørsten kommer

Suddenly the toothbrush comes at them, so they dive into the nearest hole to hide. There's a lot of brushing and foaming outside, and when they eventually take a peek, they see that all the bits of food are gone and there's nothing left for them to eat. Then Jens's mouth opens wide again, and bright light is shone towards the tooth trolls. It's the dentist examining Jens's teeth! Karius and Baktus get scared and hide away. The dentist directs his drill and rinse water into Jens's mouth, and fills up all the holes, while Karius and Baktus fume over their nice home destroyed.

Speider etter nye tannhull

Now they have nowhere to hide, and when the toothbrush arrives with its great, polishing strokes, Karius and Baktus are carried off and rinsed out of Jens's mouth, down the plughole and out onto the open sea, where they sit on a raft, spying for new holes in somebody's teeth to crawl into.