Paula Noronen
Terese Bast
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Super Furball Saves the Herring

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An action-packed series filled with dry, absurdist humour about a young girl who has the ability to turn into a guinea pig superhero… it’s like Aki Kaurismäki for kids!

Once a decade Great Guinea gives a human being superpowers, and he’s just chosen eleven-year-old Emilia!

The summer holidays are over and it’s time to go back to school. But, oh no! Emilia’s school has moved into a temporary building due to unstoppable mold!

To make matters worse, Emilia’s mother has found herself a new boyfriend and her friend Simo has become a consultant: he’s started wearing a suit and talking like a grown up! To top it all off, Great Guinea has just given Emilia a very important assignment: it’s up to her to save the Baltic Sea!

“I googled ‘Baltic Sea’ while I was in the school library today,” Emilia writes in her diary. “It’s absolutely ginormous and its deepest point is 450 metres! Not even a Super Furball can clean something that big!” Will it all prove too much for Emilia, even with her superpowers?

When Middleton the guinea pig bites eleven-year-old Emilia, he gives her superpowers. After a meeting with Great Guinea, the head honcho of the guinea pig world, all she needs to do is take a sip of Middleton’s water and she transforms into Super Furball! The one condition is that Emilia keeps her super powers a secret. As Super Furball she can squeeze into impossibly tiny spaces, lift up houses and even travel forwards in time! This is an environmentally aware series whose characters — both adults and children — have a wickedly dry sense of humour.

The first Super Furball movie was met with rave reviews when it was released in January 2018. It’s been a huge success, with over 100,000 people flocking to the cinema to see it!


Super Furball Flies to India, 2007
Super Furball and the Celebrity Cow Incident, 2008
Super Furball Saves the Herring, 2009
Super Furball and the Weird Companion, 2010
Super Furball and the Shrinking School, 2011
Super Furball Scores a Goal, 2013
Super Furball’s Flight to the Future, 2014
Super Furball and Time Travel Symphony, 2015
Super Furball and the Kingdom of Children, 2016
Super Furball vs. Super Snake, 2017
Super Furball and the Litterbugs, 2018
Super Furball and the Kalava Code, 2019
Super Furball’s Book about Friendship, 2019
Super Furball and Robber Antero, 2020


Age: 7+


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Prizes and nominations

2009, nominated for the Finlandia Junior Prize