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Czech Bedtime Stories of the 1960s 1 (rerun)

Puppet Theatre
02.07.2017
10:00
Duration 62:00

The distinctive Bedtime Story signature tune was first heard on Czech Television over 50 years ago, making it one of the oldest TV trailers in the world. This beloved children’s bedtime series aired in 1965 and has continued to have a strong impact. Since its inception it has strived to refine viewers’ artistic instincts thanks to the production team of visual artists. The engaging and unique stories have long nurtured children’s fantasy, and until recently provided work for numerous professionals with Czech animation experience.

Fest Anča will map the history of Bedtime Story from the 1960s. But let’s go back even further to Silver Mirror bedtime fairy tales that often featured actors rather than animations. Our first two sections will showcase the first technicolour episodes that became cult classics and are frequently rescreened today. Classic episodes include Rumcajs, the Robber and Fairy Tales from Moss and Fern. We will start from the beginning and include lesser-known episodes.

Bedtime Story: Petřín Lookout Tower / Pohádka na dobrou noc: Petřínská rozhledna

directed by Pavel Kraus

year: 1963
country: CZ
duration: 07:00
An episode from the Bedtime Story series from the Silver Mirror children’s stories programme, featuring actor Ladislav Pešek. An example of “prehistoric” Czech TV fairy-tale animation dating from 1963, combining photographs and animated drawings.

Rumcajs, the Robber: How Rumcajs the Shoemaker Became a Robber / O loupežníkovi Rumcajsovi: Jak se švec Rumcajs stal loupežníkem

directed by Ladislav Čapek

year: 1967
country: CZ
duration: 07:00
Rumcajs, the Robber series was based on the book by Václav Čtvrtek, scripts by Milan Nápravník, and a visual model created by Radek Pilař. It first aired on November 5, 1967 and ran until February 11, 1968. The series was also popular in Poland, Hungary, Finland and even the United Arab Emirates.

Emil the Robot: What a Holiday! / Robot Emil: Jé to byly prázdniny

directed by Stanislav Strnad

year: 1964
country: CZ
duration: 09:00
A series of the-then very popular and successful slapstick comedies featuring Emil the robot as its main protagonist, who is always surrounded by a bunch of human (Boženka, Míla and Karel) as well as animal friends. The characters find themselves in countless humorous stories and situations. In every episode, Emil’s wit and kindness save the day, helping him to communicate with his human fellows.

A Boy and a Comet: A Fairy Tale about a Boy and a Comet / Kluk a kometa: Pohádka o klukovi a kometě

directed by

year: 1964
country: CZ
duration: 08:00
A story about a night encounter between little boy Pete and a frolicking comet, which decides to get her curly ponytail a new hairdo. In the end, the never satisfied, particularly picky and foppish comet makes Pete cry. After a friendly intervention from the fire brigade and police, reconciliation is on the way.

Grandma Sheep’s Fairy Tales: About That Wolf Dance / Pohádky ovčí babičky: O tom vlčím tancování

directed by Václav Bedřich

year: 1966
country: CZ
duration: 07:00
The oldest Bedtime Story cartoon. The kind-hearted sheep grandma, the little ram, and the “evil” wolves were all designed by Bohumil Šiška. The series’ impressive visual poetics and beautiful graphic shortcuts are underlined by the black-and-white film treatment, which continues to retain its original charm.

Little Beetles: Birth of a Little Beetle / Broučci: Narození Broučka

directed by Libuše Koutná

year: 1967
country: CZ
duration: 08:00
This twelve-episode animated puppet series based on the book by Jan Karafiát resulted from a co-production of Jiří Trnka, Comité français de radio-télévision, British Jerusalem Productions, and Imago TV in 1995. The series was first introduced at the Annecy International Animated Film Festival and Market in France. It was also aired in France and the UK.

Fairy Tales from Moss and Fern: How They Lit the Fiery Dwarf / Pohádky z mechu a kapradí: Jak rozškrtli ohnivého mužíčka

directed by Zdeněk Smetana

year: 1968
country: CZ
duration: 08:00
A charming cartoon about Křemílek and Vochomůrka, two elves who live in a treehouse hidden in moss and fern.

Of Česílko the Watersprite: How Vodička the Tailor Made Him a Tailcoat / O vodníku Česílkovi: Jak mu krejčí Vodička vyspravil hopsafrak

directed by Alexandr Zapletal

year: 1968
country: CZ
duration: 08:00
The thirteen-episode animated children’s series was based on a popular character penned by Czech author Václav Čtvrtek. Graphics were designed by Josef Lamka. Karel Höger’s acting is unrivalled.