With the Christmas season underway many of Prague’s museums and galleries are offering special events and programs, among them a museum dedicated to the seminal works of the great 20th century animator and film director Karel Zeman - behind films like Journey to the Beginning of Time and Baron Munchausen. The Karel Zeman Museum has plenty planned for each advent weekend, including a steampunk robot photographer ready to snap visitors’ pictures.
The granddaughter of the artist Zdeněk Miler, author of the famous Czech cartoon character Krteček, can no longer grant licenses for the production of Little Mole collectibles. In its ruling on Tuesday, the Prague Municipal Court upheld an appeal by Milena Fišerová, who was authorised to administer Miler’s copyrights in 2006.
The first animated film featuring the Czech puppet characters Spejbl and
Hurvínek has been received its debut public screening. The film, entitled
Hurvínek and the Magic Museum, was made in a co-production with partners
from Belgium and Russia.
The film, which also comes in a 3D version, is due to enter general cinema release in the Czech Republic on Thursday. The Czech News Agency reported that it had a budget of CZK 170 million.
The renowned Czech-born US film director Miloš Forman will be awarded the title of honorary citizen of Prague, the city council decided on Thursday. Forman, who was a leading personality of the Czech New Film Wave of the 1960s, has won two Oscars and three Golden Globe awards. Among his best known US films are One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, Amadeus, Hair and Valmont. The City of Prague Silver Medal will be awarded to conductor and choir master Jiří Chvála, who is heading the Kuhn children’s choir. Honorary citizenships of Prague have been awarded since 1920.
In 2007 Genevieve Anderson brought out a short animated film based on Too Loud a Solitude, a novella by the great Czech writer Bohumil Hrabal. Now the US director has launched a Kickstarter campaign to raise funds for a feature-length version of the magical story, which centres on Haňťa, a reclusive paper crusher who over the years has absorbed a great deal from the books that have crossed his path. Like the short, the new movie will be puppet-based – and voiced by the charismatic US actor Paul Giammati, known for the Oscar-winning Sideways and
The Czech animated film Happy End, a black comedy about death with a happy ending by film director Jan Saska is on the shortlist for the Oscars in the Animated Shorts category, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced on Wednesday. Other animated shorts included in the shortlist are Inner Workings (Disney), Piper (Pixar) and Robert Valley’s Pear Cider and Cigarettes. Nominations for the 89th Annual Academy Awards will be announced on January 24, and the trophy ceremony is set for February 26 at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood.
The Czech Republic’s triumph at the Olympic Games in Japan’s Nagano in 1998 is to be created in an animated film, FilmNewEurope.com reported. Entitled Nagano – The Birth of Heroes the puppet-based film is being directed by Pavel Sadílek and will feature the voices of Vojta Dyk (as Jaromír Jágr) and Jiří Bartoška (Ivan Hlinka). It is due to premiere in February next year, on the 20th anniversary of the Nagano gold medal win.
Painter, illustrator, animator, and caricaturist, Adolf Born has died in Prague at the age of 85. The news was released by his daughter Erika. Born was known for his humorous and grotesque caricatures and illustrations. He won many prizes, including the caricaturist of the year award at the 1974 Montreal World Fair. He illustrated more than 250 books. He also turned his hand to animated films and was best known for the Mach and Šebestová cartoon series. He was awarded a prize for his lifetime work at the Anifilm festival in 2013.