This is how we made the film

1. The book ”Linnea in Monet’s Garden” is translated into more then 20 languages. We got inquiries from abroad. Filmproducers in several countries wanted to buy the rights to make a film.

3. We went to Lisbet Gabrielsson at the Swedish Film Institute, asking her for advice. “Let´s make the film here instead,” said Lisbet. “Then you can decide what happens to your Linnea”.

5. Immediately we knew that we wanted Jonas Adner and Jan Gustavsson to animate the film. Jonas drew Mr. Bloom and all the backgrounds, Jan drew Linnea and the other characters.

7. Owe Svensson recorded all the voices in his sound studio. The results were very satisfactory. Sven thought that Lovisa was an extremely good actress.

9. A drawing in a book can have any number of strokes and colours, but in an animated film, the figures’ lines and colours need to be simplified. Although in the film, Linnea gets to move!

11. This is how Hotel Esmeralda´s street looks from one of Notre Dame Cathedral’s towers. Jonas stood here sketching the view so that he could make a background for the film later on.

13. Cinematographer Lil Trulsson came with us to shoot what Linnea sees in the garden. We brought 27 bags of film equipment.

15. And Monet’s paintings in the museums in Paris.

17. Guess what happened when we got home? The film developing machine in the lab broke down. All our filmrolls were destroyed!

19. We stayed at Hotel Esmeralda of course.

21. This second time we used another lab to develop the film. But, believe it or not, two important rolls got destroyed there, too. Back again to the museums in Paris and to Giverny!

23. For two whole years and then some, Jonas and Jan (above) sat there drawing all day long. For every second of film 24 drawings are needed,which Angela Sogrell and Karen Lamb coloured.

25. Now we had all the pictures and the dialogue, but all the other sounds needed to be created or recorded: street noises, chugging trains, creaking doors, soft drinks being slurped, chirping birds, footsteps in gravel, growling.

27. Owe then mixed all the sounds and all the dialogue. It was a huge job, and that’s why we gave him a diploma. Do listen to all the wonderful background sounds when you see the film.

29. The film is still shown at cinemas and on TV in Sweden and in other countries.There Linnea speaks different languages of course.


2. “Help!” exclaimed Lena Anderson and Christina Björk, who had illustrated and written the book. Did we dare send our Linnea all alone into the wonderful world of cinema?

4. Christina and Lena wrote and drew a filmscript and a storyboard. There wasn´t room for nearly as much as in the book, but at least the most important parts were included in the film.

6. We found an ideal voice for Linnea. Seven-year-old Lovisa Lamm had it. We were also delighted that actor Sven Lindberg wanted to be Mr. Bloom’s voice.

8. Lena made sketches of Linnea and Mr. Bloom in every possible position for Jonas and Jan. They drew and drew. Soon Linnea and Mr. Bloom looked the way we wanted them to.

10. Then we went to Paris and to Monet’s garden in Giverny with Jonas and Jan to show them everything they would later need to draw. Everything must look real, even if this film is animated.

12. This is Jonas’ workingtable and his picture, painted with water colours. You see it in the film when Linnea and Mr. Bloom turn the corner, walking toward the hotel.

14. Lil shot many rolls of film: in Monet’s dining room, down by the
water-lily pond, and lots of flowers and bumblebees in the garden.

16. This is Linnea’s favourite painting in Musée Marmottan.

18. Back to France again with all 27 bags. Lucky that Lisbet had taken out insurance for accidents like this.

20. And this is the hotel dog, Cannelle.

22. Third time’s a charm! Everything worked out perfectly. But you may notice flowers in the film that in real life don’t blossom at the same time. Now you know why.

24. Nowadays most of this is done by computer. Hans Nerdell shot all 40,000 drawings. A few more of them actually, which our film editor Hélène Berlin cut off.

26. Luciano Scalercio composed some of the music specially for the film. At the water-lily pond, Lily Laskin plays ”The Spring” by Albert Zabel on the harp (from the favourite album of Jonas’ piano
teacher).

28. In 1992 the film finally had it´s première! It took time to bring Linnea to life. The film received great reviews and won many awards. We got a Silver Elephant Award all the way from India.

30. Linnea is now on DVD as well. We hope you’ll enjoy following her to Paris and to Monet’s garden!