Vlasta “Aťka” Janoušková, best known for voicing the children’s
character Včelka Mája (The Adventures of Maya the Honey Bee), has died at
the age of 88.
Janoušková, who stood only 1.2 metres, was a prolific voice-over artist and had won the František Filipovský Prize for lifetime contribution to Czech dubbing.
She was the third child of a Prague jeweler. Her parents were sent to a concentration camp from which her father never returned.
The Adventures of Maya the Honey Bee was a Japanese anime television series from the mid-1970s based on the classic children's book by Waldemar Bonsels, which was extremely popular in Europe.
Czech film and theatre actress Gabriela Vránová has died at the age of
78, her son announced on Saturday.
The well-know actress spent the best part of her career at the Vinohrady Theatre in Prague, but she also performed in dozens of films and TV series and frequently worked for Czech Radio.
She was also respected for her work as a voice artist, for which she received the František Filipovský award for lifelong mastery.
Actor and dubbing artist Vlastimil Bedrna, known as the Czech voice of
Homer Simpson, has died at the age of 89, his daughter announced on
Mr Bedrna, who was one of the funders of Prague’s Rokoko Theatre, won several awards for his work as a voice actor, including the František Filipovský award for lifelong mastery.
A lot of Czechs might not recognise Robert Polo by appearance. But many undoubtedly know the American’s rich and distinctive voice – and Dr. Bob persona – as a prominent presenter on the radio stations Metropolis, Expres and, currently, Color Music Radio. Polo is also a leading voice artist in the Czech Republic, as well as an in-demand compere of live events. When we spoke, he told me he had already been a broadcaster for some years prior to his arrival in Prague in 1994.
Around 150 Czech film stars and dubbing professions are engaged in a battle over pay and conditions with studios which use them. The dubbers created an agency to represent them and battle against pressure from studios for faster work for the same pay, according to a report in Wednesday’s Mladá fronta Dnes. Some say they are asked to do four or five times as much work in the same time as before. The agency’s terms have been cold shouldered by some major employers which have reportedly said they can find replacements for the well known voices.
The Slovak broadcasting regulator has issued the very first fine for the use of Czech language on television. The Joj television station, owned by MAC TV, ran an English-language weight-loss program with Czech dubbing, breaking the law that limits the amount of foreign language programming on Slovak television. Since this was not the channel’s first violation, the regulator decided to issue a 200 euro fine. The language law has been in effect since 2008, and only one other fine was previously issued to Komárno television for running advertisements in Hungarian.
The two main prizes at this year’s František Filipovský awards were given to Ivana Milbachová for the dubbing of Sarah Palin in the American TV film Game Change and to Vladimír Brabec for dubbing Tom in the American film The Way. Hana Talpová and Antonín Molčík received prizes for lifetime achievement in dubbing at a ceremony on Saturday, while Zdeněk Podhůrský received the viewers’ award for the dubbing of the character Micholas Rush in the Stargate Universe television series. The František Filipovský awards for dubbing were founded 19 years ago.
Mr. Vojtěch Kotek can be proud to say that he is a perfectly normal, young Czech actor, thank you very much. But on one particular day, almost every year for the last ten of his twenty-three years, he becomes an eminently well-known boy wizard by the name of Harry Potter (read: ‘Hari Potr’). Since the age of 12, Vojta has lent his voice to the ever-maturing wunderkind in the dubbed version of each of the eight Harry Potter films. And now – his voice an octave under Daniel Radcliffe’s – as the most famous fantasy series comes to an end, so ends Vojta
This week I had the opportunity to visit a French brasserie here in the Czech capital, the site for the launch of a new Czech book about famous French actor Jean-Paul Belmondo. Written by Jiří Žák, the new book examines Belmondo’s life and career. Mr Žák, an actor himself, explains that Belmondo’s films, from Pierrot Le Fou to The Man from Rio have always been held in high regard by many Czechs, part of a broader fascination with French culture which has a long tradition here.