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Jojo Rabbit emerged from the production desk of Fox Searchlight Pictures and three other film production companies in what was seen as a joint collaboration. The black humor movie went on to star quite a number of notable Hollywood stars such as Roman Griffin Davis, Rebel Wilson, Sam Rockwell, Waititi, Scarlett Johansson, and Thomasin McKenzie.
The storyline of Jojo Rabbit was based largely on Christine Leunens’s book titled Caging Skies. The plot of the comedy-drama depicts the events that follow after a member of the youth wing of the Nazi Party discovers that his mother is concealing a girl of Jewish origin in their attic. The young German chap, Jojo Betzler, was portrayed by Roman Griffin Davis.
Popular award-winning New Zealand actor and filmmaker, Taika David Waititi, was largely responsible for the bulk of the successes recorded by Jojo Rabbit. Waititi directed, co-produced, wrote the screenplay and even went on to star in the American film.
Jojo Rabbit first premiered on September 8, 2019, at the 44th edition of the Toronto International Film Festival. The producers of the award-winning film have granted Walt Disney Studios the license to commence circulation of the movie throughout the United States of America from October 18, 2019.
Jojo Rabbit got a mixed reception after its premiere in September 2019. The reviews were divided across the lines of for and against. The film drew some wide acclaim and at the same time, some harsh criticisms for the showing of the Nazi regime. On the bright side, the performances of Roman Davis, Thomasin McKenzie and in their individual roles were widely applauded.
Learn more about the acclaimed film below as we open your eyes to 5 interesting facts about Jojo Rabbit.
Jojo Rabbit: 5 Interesting Facts About The Nazi Comedy-drama
1. Release Timeline
Jojo Rabbit had its first showing on September 8, 2019, at the International Film Festival held in Toronto Canada. The comedy film is scheduled to be screened at the Fantastic Fest in Austin, Texas, on September 19, 2019. Jojo Rabbit’s final port of call before it is released will be at the San Diego International Film Festival scheduled to hold in San Diego, California, after which it will be released commercially on October 18, 2019.
2. Awards and Recognitions
Despite the fact that Jojo Rabbit is not yet officially released, the film is gaining quite a lot of traction and momentum in the entertainment scene globally. The film which was screened at the 44th edition of the Toronto International Film Festival was awarded the prestigious People’s Choice Award at the event. We believe that the award is the first of many yet to come, owing to the promise shown by the film.
Just as we earlier mentioned, the American film was received with many mixed feelings. Some critics applauded the movie while some criticized it heavily. Popular American film review aggregation site, Rotten Tomatoes, was kind to the film as it gave it a whopping 75% approval rating based on 55 critical reviews. It also gave it an average rating of 7.32 out of 10. Another film review site, Metacritic, which is known for using a weighted average system was not entirely kind to the film as it gave it a 52/100 score which is based on 22 critical reviews.
4. Cast Members
Many who are already acquainted with Jojo Rabbit may be entirely familiar with the various actors and actresses that featured in the 2019 film. We have already mentioned Roman Griffin Davis earlier and the role he played. Jojo’s anti-Nazi mother, Rosie Betzler, was portrayed by Scarlett Johansson.
Elsa Korr, the young girl of Jewish descent that was hidden by Rosie, was played by Thomasin McKenzie. The film director and co-producer, , portrayed the Adolf Hitler character. Other actors in the film include who starred as Captain Klenzendorf, as Fraulein Rahm, Alfie Allen who featured as Captain Klenzendorf’s lieutenant and who played the character of Captain Deertz.
5. Production Crew
The production of the widely acclaimed film was done by select teams from four different production companies. The collaboration was done to ensure that proper work and the right expertise be brought to bear in the film’s production. The four companies in no particular order include Fox Searchlight Pictures which is a sublet of The Walt Disney Company, Piki Films, Defender Films and lastly TSG Entertainment. Fox Searchlight Pictures spearheaded the production team while TSG Entertainment was responsible for sourcing finance for the movie.