Animation, Movie, Musical, Science Fiction, Short
Anthropomorphic, Microopera, Musical, Philosophy, Scifi
About This Project
29’03” | 2023 | Animation Musical

Drifting through space with no purpose on spaceship Zoopticon, five mutated singing animals find a goal when they learn of their origin – a mysterious planet called Earth.

Directors: Jon Frickey, Thies Mynther, Sandra Trostel
Screenplay: Jon Frickey, Thies Mynther, Sandra Trostel, Christoph Mathieu
Producer: Sandra Trostel
Animation: Jon Frickey
Sound Design: Thies Mynther
Editor: Sandra Trostel
Composer and Lyricist: Thies Mynther
Voice Cast:

Sarah Thom

“Shimo” Dong Zhou

Alex Murray-Leslie

Amanda Romero

Achan Malonda

Jon Frickey

Veit Sprenger

Roosa Voima

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Festival Distribution

Festivals | Awards

Curtas Vila do Conde International Film Festival 2023

Award for Best Animation Film, International Competition

Jury: EMILIE LESCLAUX (Filmmaker), ÉMILIE POIRIER (Festival du Nouveau Cinéma de Montréal (FNC)), ESTIBALIZ URRESOLA SOLAGUREN (Filmmaker), RÉMI BIGOT (Head of the film department at Semaine de la Critique of the Cannes Film Festival)

Jury Statement:

„An origin story that you haven’t seen before with the highest quality of the craft. The story line possesses a lighthearted tone that is also deeply rooted in grand philosophical and political questions on countries, identities, memory and history. The astounding sound work and original songs heavily contribute to the creation of this kawaii-like cosmogony. So for its existential reflection on mankind through an animated outer space musical, the award for Best Animation of the International Competition goes to ZOOPTICON by Jon Frickey, Thies Mynther and Sandra Trostel.“


Curto Circuito International Film Festival Santiago de Compostella, Spain, 2023

Official Selection – Cosmos

Festival International De Cine Independente De La Plata Festifreak, Argentina, 2023

Official Selection

Dokumentar- und Animationsfilmfest Leipzig, Internationaler Wettbewerb Animationsfilm, Germany, 2023

Internationaler Wettbewerb Animationsfilm

Uppsala Short Film Festival, Sweden, 2023

Official Selection

Cut Out Fest, Mexico, 2023

Official Selection Narration

Short Waves, Poland, 2023

Official Selection