Trude's Flatmate

tv series / 26 x 5 minutes

for wdr / 2012 - 2019

about

German broadcaster Westdeutscher Rundfunk WDR got in touch with us at the end of 2011 to find out what projects our studio was developing. Marcus Sauermann mentioned briefly a story about an energetic woman with a gravelly voice in her thirties who tends to get to the bottom of things. A habit that sometimes can be charmingly annoying to others. Her name is Trude. For some weeks now, Trude shares her small two-room-flat with a hairy giant beast. Only the beast’s squeaky voice and its rather childish behaviour stop people from feeling totally intimidated by this strange creature. Open mindedly and with a great sense of humor Trude deals with her new flatmate and his peculiar episodes since any kind of prohibition or order wouldn’t work anyway.

By now, WDR has commissioned writer Marcus Sauermann and director Klaus Morschheuser to produce 26 episodes of the TV-series Trude’s Flatmate. The episodes are broadcast as parts of German most famous children’s magazine Sendung mit der Maus on Sunday mornings.

research

team

Laura Andersen, Etienne Bagot-Caspar, Viola Baier, Michael Bohnenstingl, Marion Bordeyne, Sandra Brandstätter, Christina Brix, Carsten Bunte, Pedro Ivo Carvalho, Paul Cichon, Stefan Müller-Doriat, Gero Eckhardt, Matthias Eck-hardt, Dominic Eise, Clément Fassler, Elena Felici, Mark Feller, David Friedenstein, Simon Dilling Hansen, Christian Heck, Sebastian Koch, Tanja Krampfert, Matthias Lappe, Paulina Larson, Benoit Leleu, Michael Logar, Johannes Lumer, Sarah Marchand,

Torben Meier, Jonas Bastrup Mikkelsen, Martin Minsel,  Rocío M. Montiel, Klaus Morschheuser, Patrick A. Müller, Petja Nedeltscheva, Kim Nguyen, Lars Nørgaard, Ana Obau, Fredrik Ollson, Jano Olmos, Marie Renaud, Parzival Röthlein, Marcus Sauermann, Sabrina Schmidt, Georg Schneider, Sandra Schulz, Alexandra Stautmeister, Monika Tenhündfeld, Arseniy Testin, Tobias Trebeljahr, Massimiliano Truzzi, Johannes Weiland.

character design

One aspect that fascinates us when we watch our kids grow up is that besides all their glories character traits we also encounter emotions like hate, greed or envy in their purest form. Negative feelings are deeply rooted in us. These feelings can be powerful, strong, dark and often un-controllable. Something they share with Trude’s flatmate. Theses feeling are important. They serve a purpose. In accepting them we sometimes find a better way to deal with ourselves or others. Just like Trude when she keeps her cool while her flatmate is having one of his episodes.

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episode 01 bagger

Since very recently Trude shares her flat with a big obscure beast, which has the power of an elephant, the brashness of a child, but not a clue what's good manners... like that you are not allowed to lift things. No, neither an excavator! Now is the time for bringing it back to the building site and apologize!

awards

In 2017 Trude’s Flatmate was awarded as Best National Animated Series at International Trickfilmfestival Stuttgart. In 2018 the TV-series got nominated for the International Emmy Kids Awards. In the same year it was also nominated for a Grimme Preis but according to jury member Uwe Mantel the nomination had to be withdrawn due to a screening before the nomination period. Episodes of Trude’s Flatmate were nominated at Goldener Spatz 2015 // Chicago International Children's Film Festival 2016 // ZLIN - International Film Festival for Children and Youth 2016 // International Trickfilmfestival Stuttgart 2015 and 2016 // Robert Geisendörfer Preis in 2019

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