29.6. - 3.7.2016

Slovak TV Bedtime Stories of the 1990s 1 (rerun)

Puppet Theatre
Duration 50:31

If we consider the 1980s as “the golden era” of Slovak and Czechoslovak TV bedtime stories for children, the following decade brought only complications for original children’s TV animation. After the revolution of 1989 the manner of investment as well as the authors’ production environment changed dramatically. Formerly financed by the state via Slovenská Filmová Tvorba (a national film production company) and Slovenská televízia (Slovak Television), filmmaking lost funding as well as the technical facilities of Koliba TV Studios, which fell victim to privatization and was left to decay during the 1990s’ Mečiar government. Slovak Television remained the only party interested in animation. Many orders for TV bedtime stories were still placed in the 1990s despite the difficulties, and former employees of Kreslená tvorba (“cartoon production”) started to found their own production studios. Yet most proved unable to adapt to the new capitalist market, and were forced to close down when orders from Slovak Television dried up. The number of orders gradually decreased until the millennium, when the production of animated content for children stopped almost completely. The original production of TV bedtime stories from this era was considerably poorer compared to its former state of glory, although content-wise it could still compete with children`s TV programs from abroad. This selection contains the best children`s animation broadcast in the 1990s, and consequently closes one of the chapters of  TV bedtime story tradition that raised several generations.

The Pen Cloth / Utieračik

directed by Vladimír Pikalík

year: 1990
country: SK
duration: 07:50
A puppet series for children about Utieračik, a small piece of cloth, and his friends from the pencilcase.

Paper Kika: Kika is Here! / Papierová Kika: Kika je tu!

directed by Slovensko

year: 1994
country: SK
duration: 08:36
We present Kika, her gnome friend Flik, and other characters from the album of animated fairytales through their first adventure.

Jurošík and Zmok / Jurošík: Jurošík a zmok

directed by Jaroslav Baran

year: 1993
country: SK
duration: 07:58
With a kind humor, the Jurošík series gently mocks Slovak characteristic features, traditions and superstitions. The cheerful brigand Jurošík fights an infinite battle with the squire.

Pafka, Ňuf and Hryzka: Sleep - the Key to Health / Pafka, Ňuf a Hryzka: Spánok – základ zdravia

directed by Blanka Šperková

year: 1993
country: SK
duration: 09:13
A series about three extraordinary backyard residents – Pafka the cat, Hryzka the mouse, and Ňuf the dog – playful, inventive and surprising.

Heroes of the Seven Seas: The Count Cristopher Menthol / Hrdinovia siedmich morí: Gróf Mentol Krištof

directed by Štefan Martauz

year: 1993
country: SK
duration: 08:25
The second episode of the animated series Heroes of the Seven Seas that paraphrases famous adventure stories.

Fairy-tales of the Old Inca: The Fastest Messenger in the Empire / Rozprávky starého Inku: Najrýchlejší posol ríše

directed by Gabriela Klaučová

year: 1998
country: SK
duration: 08:29
A story about the fastest messenger in the empire whose speed and wit saved citizens from an enemy invasion.