Captain Sabertooth (in Norwegian: Kaptein Sabeltann) is a long running series that centers around the eponymous pirate Captain Sabertooth, who was created and was originally portrayed by the Norwegian singer, composer, author and actor Terje Formoe. The series comprises several stage plays, theatrical films, a television series, cartoons, and books, all of which are aimed at small children.
The series was first launched as a series of stage plays. The first play, Captain Sabertooth and the Treasure in Luna Bay, was first performed in Kristiansand Zoo and Amusement Park in Norway where Formoe was Director of Entertainment. The play's success was so great that in 1994 it was followed up with another stage play, Captain Sabertooth and the Secret of Luna Bay, the music of which won Formoe a Spellemann prize, the Norwegian equivalent of the Grammy Awards. The plays have since been followed up with several theatrical films, which have proven to be very popular in Norway.
In 2014 the film Captain Sabertooth and the Treasure of Lama Rama was released. Its cost was 50 million Norwegian kroner (roughly USD 6,600,000 or EUR 7,800,000 as of May 2015), making it the most expensive children's film to date in Norwegian history.
Captain Sabertooth is head of a band of pirates, who are sailing together in their ship called The Dark Lady (Den Sorte Dame). Among the other pirates are Pirate Wally (Pelle Pirat) a fat and somewhat clumsy man, and Tiny (Pinky), a young guy fighting for recognition from the other pirates.
Other characters are Red Rudy (Røde Ruben), a former sailor who lives together with Aunt Bessie (Tante Bassa) in Luna Bay (Kjuttavika). He wants to be an honest and peaceful man, but is maniacally interested in gold and jewels, an interest he shares with the pirates. He and Bessie work in a tavern together with her niece Veronica (Sunniva). Veronica and Tiny become friends.
|Kaptein Sabeltann og skatten i Kjuttaviga [no]||Day-time show: 1990-1991
Evening show: 1992-1993 Made into a film in 1992.
|Kaptein Sabeltann og hemmeligheten i Kjuttaviga [no]||1994, 1995||Played at Hvalstrand Bad in Asker as "Captain Sabertooth and Gory Gabriel's Treasure"|
|Kaptein Sabeltann - Jakten på den magiske diamant [no]||1996, 1997||First full-length performance.|
|Kaptein Sabeltann og skatten i Kjuttaviga [no]||1998, 1999||A merger of the first two plays.|
|Kaptein Sabeltann og den forheksede øya [no]||2000, 2001||Svein Roger Karlsen plays Captain Sabertooth for the first time.
Made into a film in 2000.
|Kaptein Sabeltann - Jakten på den magiske diamant [no]||2002, 2003||Partly new action from the performance recorded in 1996/1997.
Filmed in 2002
|Kaptein Sabeltann og Grusomme Gabriels skatt [no]||2004, 2005, 2006||Partly new action from the performance recorded in 1998/1999.
Filmed in 2005.
|Kaptein Sabeltann og den forheksede øya [no]||2007, 2008, 2009||Partly new action from the performance recorded in 2000/2001.
Filmed in 2008.
|Kaptein Sabeltann og Grusomme Gabriels skatt [no]||2010||Identical to the performance recorded in 2004, 2005 and 2006.
Terje Formoe once again performs as Captain Sabertooth
|Kaptein Sabeltann og havets Hemmelighet [no]||2011, 2012||Kyrre Haugen Sydness plays Sabertooth for the first time.
Audun Melinghas his last performance as Langmann
|Kaptein Sabeltann og Grusomme Gabriels skatt [no]||2013|
|Kaptein Sabeltann - Jakten på den magiske diamant [no]||2014, 2015|
|Captain Sabertooth||Terje Formoe||1990-1999 and 2010|
|Svein Roger Karlsen||2000-2009|
|Kyrre Haugen Sydness||2011-|
|Pelle Pirat||Ingolf Karinen||1990-2009|
|Kai Kenneth Hansson||2010-|
|Pysa Pirat||Knut Haugmark||1994-2003, 2007|
|Ole-Hermann Gudim Lundberg||1995|
|Kai Kenneth Hansson||2005, 2006, 2008, 2009|
|Frank Ole Sætrang||2010-|
|Skalken||Geir Atle Johnsen||2004, 2005, 2006|
|Odin||Geir Atle Johnsen||1998-1999|
|Fredrik Hognerud Træland||1998-2001|
|Odd-Audor Ridse Bentsen||2002-2003|
|Kristian Fluge Sævig||2007-2009|
|Ole Tobias Tveit||2010-2012|
|Max August Key Graarud||2013-|
|Sjømannnen Ruben den Røde||Svein Haagensen||1990-1999|
|Tante Bassa||Linda Tørklep||1990-1999|
|Siw Anita Andersen||2004, 2005, 2006, 2010, 2013|
|Helene Bøksle||1998, 1999|
|Hanne Nyborg Abrahamsen||1998-2001|
|Mari Hauge Mathisen||2002-2003|
|Nina Lund Feste||2004|
|Johanne Regine Svendsberget||2013-|
|Mayor||Geir Atle Johnsen||2004-2006|
|Maga Kahn||Svein Haagensen||1996-1997|
|Anders Baasmo Christiansen||2002|
|Dronning Sirikit||Helén Vikstvedt||1996-1997|
|Malena Pirat||Linda Tørklep||1996-1997|
|Siw Anita Andersen||2014-|
|Marco||Roger André Federici||1996-1997|
|Greven av Gral||Geir Atle Johnsen||2000-2001|
|Miriam av Gral||Janne Formoe||2000-2001|
|Siw Anita Andersen||2007-2009|
|Ingrid Jørgensen Dragland||2011|
|Lucifer||Jan Gunnar Røise||2000-2001|
|Piodor||Anders Baasmo Christiansen||2000-2001|
|Grufull||Ingrid Jørgensen Dragland||2007-2009|
|Glade Gorm||Espen Løvås||2004, 2005, 2006, 2010, 2013|
|Kurt Mega Herdlevær||Some shows in 2013|
|Tøge||Igor Necemer||2004, 2006, 2010, 2013|
|Ask Vibe Sama||2005|
|Birk||Esben Vinsnes||2004, 2005, 2006, 2010|
|Roger||Jacob Emil Klingen Borg||2010|
|Maga Kahns soldat #1||Geir Atle Johnsen||1996, 1997, 2002, 2003|
|Maga Kahns soldat #2||Tor Sigbjørnsen||1996-1997|
|Jan Gunnar Røise||2002|
|Hans Petter Meirik||2003|
|Svein Roger Karlsen||2011-2012|
In 1995 a Captain Sabertooth themed section of the Kristiansand Zoo and Amusement Park was opened. The area has a pirate village theme and contains various attractions, restaurants, and shops that are centered around the character of Captain Sabertooth and the other characters in the series. In the summer the park holds several shows and features, including one that allows guests to ride on Sabertooth's ships The Dark Lady and The Countess.
On the eastern side of the small lake by Captain Sabertooth's World is built a pirate village called Abra Havn. The pirate village consists of buildings that gives an illusion of a pirate society, surrounded by a high wall. During the high season apartments are rented out inside the pirate village.