“On the day I reflected about the world of the grownups and my own future, I came to the point that from now on I didn’t want to grow another inch but stay a three-year-old forever.”
On his third birthday little Oskar decides, out of general refusal of the world of the grownups and whose mental development had already completed the moment of his birth, to stop growing from now on. He throws himself down the basement stairs of his house and becomes a puzzle to the doctors, especially with his ability to shatter glass through singing. With the red and white tin drum, a birthday present, Oskar from now on drums a distance between himself and his surroundings, creating his very own language against ideology and fanaticism and to protest against the hubris of the people in his surroundings. That way eccentric Oskar faces the rise and fall of the Nazi-terror in Danzig in his very own manner.