The friends Rico and Oskar first made a name for themselves in 2008 – but since then they have become an indispensable part of many family households: Rico, conceived by Andreas Steinhöfel, who has attention deficit disorder, and his highly gifted friend Oskar are the popular heroes of five children’s books and four comic books. They are also up to mischief in the “Show with the Mouse” – and from 2014 to 2016 the duo also entertained the German cinema audience!
Despite their popularity in local children’s rooms, the friends who solved criminal cases and grappled with everyday problems did not become guarantees of cinema success: the first film in the series sold more than 830,000 tickets, but then it went down to around 580,000 people interested in film two and around 515,000 for the third part. The press coverage for the trilogy was great – also here at DashFUN. You can now find the “Rico, Oskar and…” films on Disney+ – to catch up and watch again and again.
» “Rico, Oskar and…” at Disney+: Part 1*/ Part 2* / part 3*
It all begins with “Rico, Oskar and the Deeper Shadows”: Ten-year-old Rico (Anton Petzold) lives alone with his mother Tanja (Karoline Herfurth) in Berlin. Although he is by no means unpopular, it is only when he meets Oskar (Juri Winkler), who is two years his junior, that he makes his first serious friendship. And together they decide to go hunting for criminals. At the top of their list is the infamous hijacker Mister 2000…
The popular children’s book was directed by Neele Vollmar (“Auerhaus”) and based on a screenplay by Andreas Bradler, Klaus Döring and Christian Lerch a family film that mixes a crime story suitable for children with everyday humor and Berlin oddity. This was rewarded in the DashFUN review with an outstanding 4.5 starsnot least because of the disarming wit with which the title characters let the (mostly celebrity cast) adults come up.
The second part, written by Martin Gypkens and directed by Wolfgang Groos, “Rico, Oskar und das Herzbegebe” (Rico, Oskar and the Heartbreak), follows on with only minor losses: the small duo investigates a wondrous case of bingo fraud incognito – but they also have to assert themselves against lovesickness. It is told with more humor than in the predecessor, but also a bit more routine. There were strong four stars in the DashFUN review for this, while the trilogy finale “Rico, Oskar and the theft stone” ties back to the debut:
Neele Vollmar, who returned to the director’s chair, and Wolfgang Groos, who was again responsible for the script, were responsible for a 4.5-star film that extremely varied, humorous and also emotional is. At the center of the children’s investigation is a stolen stone – which brings with it much more excitement and meaning than meets the eye. And with a star cast that includes the likes of David Kross, Milan Peschel, and Moritz Bleibtreu, as well as Detlev Buck, Fahri Yardım, Annette Frier, and Anke Engelke, this crime trilogy has plenty to offer anyway, even if you feel too grown up for holds the cases of the young investigator duo!
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