KJELL AUKRUST (19 March 1920 – 24 December 2002) was a Norwegian
author, poet and artist.
He was born in
Alvdal as a son of
Lars Olsen Aukrust (1886–1965)
and Louise Walmsnæss (1887–1973). He was a nephew of
Olav Aukrust ,
Odd Aukrust , a noted economist who was responsible for
research at Statistics
Norway , and first cousin of Tor Aukrust . He
was married to Kari Holter since 1947.
He is most famous for his memoirs of his childhood in
Alvdal in the
books Simen, Bonden and Bror Min, and his creation of the fictional
Norwegian village of Flåklypa and its cast of idiosyncratic
characters. This setting was the basis of the 1975 animated film
Flåklypa Grand Prix ", directed by
Ivo Caprino . The film was the
first full-length animated feature in Norway, became an international
success and has been translated into more than seventy languages. In
Britain it is known as "Pinchcliffe Grand Prix". The protagonist
Reodor Felgen (English version: Theodore Rimspoke) has become
Rube Goldberg type contraptions.
Some of the characters who populated the village of Pinchcliffe were
also the basis for the first full length handdrawn animated feature in
Norway, "Solan, Ludvig og Gurin med reverompa". Released in 1998,
this movie takes place in
Alvdal . In Britain it is known as
"Gurin with the Foxtail".
* ^ Jor, Finn . "Kjell Aukrust". In Helle, Knut . Norsk biografisk
leksikon (in Norwegian). Oslo: Kunnskapsforlaget. Retrieved 17
* ^ "Gurin with the Foxtail on IMDB" (in Norwegian). IMDB.