The story of Captain Sabertooth is nothing less than a modern day fairytale. So far 700 000 children and adults have seen the Summer night performances in Norway, which recreates the adventures of this cruel and ruthless pirate. Captain Sabertooth has become a Norwegian children?s classic and a Summer tradition. While winter storms still sweep across the land, advance tickets are snapped up in warm anticipation of the enjoyment that summer and Captain Sabertooth will bring.
In 1992 the pirate´s first CD was released in shops throughout Norway, selling more than 200 000 copies. Every new generation of children ensures a constant demand for Captain Sabertooth´s CDs, more than 700 000 copies having been sold so far in a country with only 4,5 million inhabitants!
An entire Captain Sabertooth industry has developed since the start in 1990. Norwegian children feel they have a personal relationship to all the characters. At the performances, children and adults sing along to the familiar songs, children wave their pirate flags and their grandparents lift their eye patches to better see The King of the Pirates when he arrives in the dark of the night. All the shows have been presented several times on Norwegian TV with high viewing figures. The 5 videos/DVDs have been sold in a total of 350 000 copies.
In the wake of Captain Sabertooth´s success, a considerable number of licensed products has been developed. All kinds of pirate effects are sold in large quantities. Norwegian children sleep in Captain Sabertooth sheets, drink from the pirates´ mugs, eat Captain Sabertooth bread and play Captain Sabertooth games.
Captain Sabertooth is not typically Nordic either in appearance or personality. The world´s most terrible pirate feels that he belongs on the seven seas all of them! His goal is to capture the hearts of children all over the world.
BACKGROUND INFORMATION ON THE CREATOR
Terje Formoe - Norwegian playwright, singer, songwriter, actor, born 1949.
Terje Formoe made his recording debut in 1974 with the single ?Og hvis hun kommer hit?/?Midt i byen? (CBS Records).The album ?Beske Ballader og Blidgjort Blues? (CBS) was released a year later.
His major commercial breakthrough came in 1983, with a collection of songs for children, including ?Juliussangen?, on of the best selling Norwegian hits of all times.
Terje Formoe was Director of marketing and entertainment in Kristiansand Zoo from 1984 to 1994. During his tenancy at the Zoo, he wrote the first Captain Sabertooth play, opening in the Zoo theatre on 9 July 1990, with himself playing the Captain. The following Summer Mr Formoe introduced the first performances at night for children, which immediately became a huge success.
The music from the play was released on CD and became the biggest selling CD in Norway in 1993, regardless of category. The second Captain Sabertooth play opened in 1992, and during 11 nightly performances 35 000 children and their parents crammed into the zoo theatre to catch a glimpse of their hero. The CD from the second play was awarded a Norwegian Music Award for Best Children`s CD of 1994.
The third Captain Savertooth play opened in the Kristiansand Zoo in July 1996., while the fourth play opened four years later, in 2000.
To this day, 650 000 people have seen one of the plays performed. 700 000 CDs and music cassettes have been sold, and the 5 DVD/VHS releases have sold more than 350 000 copies. The Captain Sabertooth comic was released in 2000 and has since been published regularly. Nine books about Captain Sabertooth have been published since 1993, and in 1997 a CD-ROM interactive game was released in Norway, Denmark and Germany.
Terje Formoe has also written two other plays for children.
CAPTAIN SABERTOOTH The Feature
In a world where magic never ceases to amaze, where the impossible happens every day and where adventures never end – one man rules: the meanest, badest pirate of them all, the king of the seven seas: the one and only Captain Sabertooth! Captain Sabertooth’s menacing ship, the Dark Lady, is the only home Tiny, the world’s youngest pirate has ever known. He dreams that one of these days Captain Sabertooth will come to see that Tiny is a real pirate and a brave one too! But Captain Sabertooth has only one thing on his mind, to discover the long lost, legendary treasure trove of Gory Gabriel. Tiny is mesmerized by the beautiful Veronica, a local girl from Luna Bay. Their destinies entwine and together they must fight fate legend and Captain Sabertooth.
- Original Title: Kaptein Sabeltann
- Country of Origin: Sweden
- Production Year: 2003
- First Release: 2003
- Language: Swedish
- Genre: Animation
- Format: 1:1,85
- Sound: Dolby SRD
- Duration: 70 minutes
- Director: Stig Bergqvist
- Production: Seven Seas Production
- Producer: Jon Wigfield & Ulf Synnerholm