Kookys Return (Kuky se vrací) is a combined puppet and live action feature written and directed by Oscar-winning Czech director Jan Svěrák. If the film’s style/feel seems oddly familiar, it’s because Jakub Dvorský of Amanita Design (creators of Samorost, Machinarium) is the production designer. The film’s was scheduled for a May 20, 2010 release in Czech cinemas so it should only arrive in North America in 2011.
When asthmatic, six-year-old Ondra is forced to throw away his scruffy, sawdust-stuffed old teddy bear, Kooky, he prays for the safe return of his furry friend. Soon afterwards, across town, Kooky is about to be crushed in a rubbish dump when he suddenly comes to life, making his escape into a mysterious forest. The naïve, cuddly Kooky needs help to survive amongst the rough-and-ready creatures of the forest and he finds it when he meets the crotchety forest guardian GODDAMN. Hergot is in charge of watching over the forest, but he has his enemies too – the malevolent NUSCHKA plans to take over the forest, by proving that the short-sighted but good-hearted Hergot is not up to the job of guardian.