The novel is known in the United Kingdom, USA and is extremely popular in South Korea and Japan, to the point where it is seen as a children's classic. It inspired several film and anime adaptations, including the 1975 animated TV series which reached an audience of 30 million viewers on its first broadcast.
• It is one of the most read stories about Antwerp, Flanders around the world.
• more than 100 million copies sold worldwide.
• translated into more than 25 languages around the world.
• 5 holllywood movies were released
• a perfect cartoon series
• more than 30 million Japanese used to watch the weekly adventures of N&P
Just like in the story, where the mayor of Antwerp announces a design contest in city hall, we did the same.
We received dozens of beautiful entries.
The winner is Batist Vermeulen, graphic designer and sculptor from Ghent. Together with Mayor Bart de Wever, CNN awarded guide Tanguy Ottomer, Creative director Phil Blondé, Tourism director Koen Kennis and Koen Raets, head of District Hoboken.
Standing in front of the Rubens painting, where the actual Nello & Patrasche story ends and where our two heroes rest in peace forever.
The winning design.
Nello and Patrasche lived in Hoboken, and died in the Antwerp cathedral. Now they rest in peace forever, in the shadow of the Antwerp Cathedral.
Nello and Patrasche is a true #storyoffriendship
To honor your friendship with your best friends, take a picture at the statue next time you are in Antwerp.