The “Children’s Pioner” lecture series, together with the Czech Centre, presents a special screening in the “European Animation” series, dedicated to the classic cartoon about Krtek. Included in the programme are five short animations: “How The Mole Got His Trousers,” “The Mole and the Car,” “The Mole and the Chewing Gum,” “The Mole and the Snowman,” and “The Mole and the Swallow.” Director and entertainer Liubov Khobotova will tell about the character and its creator, Zdenek Miler.
The first film about Krtek was made at the Prague Film Studio in 1957. In this first film, Krtek, having emerged on earth from underground (the classic beginning of each episode) and having seen white trousers on the laundry line, dreams of getting himself a pair just like them. In order to do this, he (along with his young audience members) has to go through every step of clothing production, starting from natural flax. The cartoon’s visual illustrativeness was for a long time its distinguishing quality: the story about the car is constructed in a similar way. However, it must be said that “The Mole and the Chewing Gum” (1969) is an example of a pure gag, forming the basis of an animated series as always.
The low-key minimalism of the design, the applied bent and and universality of the subjects made Krtek the emblem of Czech socialist animation. The first and only “talkie” release in the series was celebrated with a prize at the Venice Film Festival, and the following silent releases were shown in the majority of Central and Eastern European countries.
After a break, a teacher from the TsEKh School of Contemporary Dance will work with the children.
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