29.6. - 3.7.2016

Slovak TV Bedtime Stories of the 1990s 3 (premiere)

Station Žilina Záriečie: S1
Duration 47:57

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.

Clay Tales: How Miňo and Sandra Played at a Circus / Hlinené rozprávky: Ako sa Hliňo Miňo a kamarátka Sandra hrali na cirkus

directed by František Jurišič

year: 1999
country: SK
duration: 08:46
Clay ball Miňo likes to play – changing shapes and forms, and Sandra the cloth always accompanies him in his adventures.

Inside and Behind the Cottage: Pattypan Squash / V chalúpke a za chalúpkou: Patizóny

directed by Ladislav Čapek

year: 1992
country: SK
duration: 06:50
Grandpa Bedtime leaves his little cottage every night to light the fairytale star and always comes back with a new bed-time story.

The Little Knight: Kingdom of Darkness / Rytier Malíček: Kráľovstvo tmy

directed by Jaroslav Baran

year: 2000
country: SK
duration: 08:32
Animated series about the little knight from under Sitno hill who can’t stand injustice and so decides to set out on a journey to right the world’s wrongs.

Gabo the Bird: At School / Vták Gabo: V škole

directed by Bohumil Šejda

year: 1991
country: SK
duration: 06:41
A series of animated grotesque stories about a peculiar bird who can solve every situation with humour.

Little Devil Lucifuk: The Devil School / Čertík Lucifuk: Čertia škola

directed by Lubomír Beneš

year: 1991
country: SK
duration: 08:19
An animated series about little devil Lucifuk, who is the son of the one and only Lucifer.

Fairy-tales from all over the World: Cristopher in the Land of Elves / Rozprávky z celého sveta: Krištof v ríši škriatkov

directed by Monika Trajterová, Tomáš Čepek

year: 1993
country: SK
duration: 08:49
The protagonist takes us on an adventure to the salty land of elves who live under the sea.