A timid penguin waiter with a red bow tie goes out of his way to perform his job to perfection. But when a glacé cherry falls from the cake, it sets off a chain reaction of disastrous events. Before long, the frigid social gathering is transformed into a boisterous party. This whimsical animated short is part of Julia Ocker’s series ‘Animanimals’, which has a tongue-in-cheek focus on not-so-beastly character traits.
by Julia Ocker Germany 2018 Without dialogue 4’ Colour empfohlen ab 4 Jahren


Written and Directed by Julia Ocker
Animation Urte Zintler, Ina Gabriel, Dirk Reddig
Music Christian Heck
Sound Design Christian Heck
Production Management Bianca Just
Executive Producer Thomas Meyer-Hermann
Producer Thomas Meyer-Hermann
Co-Production Ki.Ka/SWR Erfurt/ Baden-Baden

Julia Ocker

An animation director, designer and writer who was born in Stuttgart, Germany in 1982. From 2003 to 2005 she studied visual communication in Pforzheim and Cairo, followed in 2006 by animation at the Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg. Her film Kellerkind won the 2012 First Steps Award in the short film category, screened at numerous festivals and was recognised by the German Film Quality Assessment Board (FBW) as being ‘especially valuable’. Her film Zebra with which, along with the short film Kuh, she contributed to the second season of the children’s television series ‘Ich kenne ein Tier’, received the same distinction, screened at over 90 festivals and won prizes in New York, Chicago, Lisbon, Bratislava and Bamberg. In 2016 and 2017 she produced a series of animal films called the ‘Animanimals’.


2006 Apfelbaum (Apple Tree); short film 2008 Gott und die Welt; short film 2012 Kellerkind; short film 2013 Ich kenne ein Tier; TV series, 5 episodes 2016 Animanimals; TV series 2018 Pinguin; short film

Bio- & filmography as of Berlinale 2018