Pat & Mat
|Pat & Mat|
Pat (left, in yellow) and Mat (right, in red)
|Also known as||A je to!, Pat a Mat|
|Genre||Animated television series|
|Created by||Lubomír Beneš
|Written by||Lubomír Beneš
|Directed by||Lubomír Beneš
|Theme music composer||Petr Skoumal|
|Composer(s)||Luboš Fišer (ep. 1)
Petr Skoumal (ep. 2-86)
|Country of origin||Czechoslovakia
|No. of episodes||86|
|Running time||6 - 9 min.|
|Production company(s)||Krátký Film Praha
Patmat film s.r.o.
|Picture format||4:3 (ep. 1-49, 51-78)
16:9 (ep. 50, 79-86)
|Original run||1976 – present|
Pat & Mat (original name in Czech A je to!, Pat a Mat) is a Czech stop-motion animated series featuring two handymen, Pat and Mat (Czech for "Stalemate" and "Checkmate", respectively). It was created by Lubomír Beneš and Vladimír Jiránek.
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The show features the two characters facing mostly self-made problems, trying to solve them using any possible and impossible tools and construction gadgets. This leads to even more problems and yet, eventually, the two manage to get a working result with a mostly surprising solution.
According to the authors, it is the manual ineptitude that inspires the stories. The humour is not the only feature of the show. Another feature is having an optimistic approach towards life. The two characters always get into problematic situations, but they never give up until they solve the problem in imaginative ways.
The two characters first appeared in a 1976 short film entitled Kuťáci (The Tinkers). Later, the characters appeared in more shorts, making their own TV series called ... A je to! (... And it's done!), where they got their final look. The two handymen got their names Pat and Mat in 1989, and this became the name of the show.
While creating the two characters, the authors had in mind especially entertainment for adults, but the show became popular with all audiences. However, in former Czechoslovakia, the first 29 episodes of the series could have been produced as children's TV programme only, in the short's format of 7-9 minutes.
The show became popular throughout the world, being aired in nations that include Czechoslovakia (now Czech Republic and Slovakia), Sweden, Syria, Iraq, Poland, former Yugoslavia, Iceland, Denmark, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Brazil, Finland, Netherlands, Japan, Norway, Spain, Iran, Hungary, Jordan, South Africa, South Korea.
In 1990, shortly after Czechoslovakia became open[clarification needed] (and later the Czech and Slovak republics), Lubomír Beneš (who died in 1995) founded his own AIF Studio in Prague (production) and Zürich (marketing, sales, financing), where he and his team produced 14 more episodes, and introduced all 49 of them to the international market.
Festivals, awards, prizes
Several Pat & Mat episodes have received prizes and awards at world animation festivals during the years.
From the latest ones directed by Lubomír Beneš, the 38th episode The Cyclists, animated by Alfons Mensdorff-Pouilly, participated at the "Annecy '93" (Annecy, France) animation festival competition, and has been invited to a number of other world festivals.
The Cyclists has also been included in the selection "The Best of Annecy '93" by Cinémathèque Québécoise (Montreal), Museum of Fine Arts (Boston), Pacific Film Archive (Berkeley), Museum of Modern Art (New York) and presented by these institutions in their autumn 1993 show.
- 1st prize - best animation for a daytime TV series
- 2nd prize - best stop motion professional animation.
In socialist Czechoslovakia, the authors had to explain their "subversive" characters and stories to the Prague watch-dogs of the regime, e.g. one of the questions was if they chose the shirt colours, red and yellow, to make fun of the Soviet-Chinese tensions. However, their explanations were "unsatisfactory", and so the "ideologic impurity" and the ban on Pat & Mat production remained. Yet, the Slovak colleagues from Czechoslovak TV in Bratislava gave Pat & Mat the necessary support, assigned them production means, so the production began and went on in the same Czech studio in Prague where Lubomír Beneš and his crew worked, under their Slovak cover (28 episodes, 1979–1985). However, Mat's T-shirt was changed from red to a neutral grey. It was changed again to red in 1989.
In Switzerland, the children programmers of German Swiss TV excluded some of the episodes from broadcasting, as they deemed them "too dangerous", while the French and Italian channels had no such problems.
Six DVDs, with episodes from the 1976-1990 and 2002-2004 era were released until 2005. The final DVD, containing 14 episodes made by aiF, was released in 2007.  As of 2004, 78 episodes were made in total, with the idea and characters taken over by partially new studios. Among the new studios, there was also Patmat film s.r.o., headed by Marek Beneš, Lubomír Beneš's son.
The characters were revived once again in 2011 by Marek Beneš for a new series, Pat a Mat na venkově (Pat & Mat in the Country). The pilot, Postele (The Beds), was produced in 2009 and premiered at the 50th Zlín Film Festival in 2010. Seven more episodes followed from 2011 to 2013. All episodes were produced in Beneš's studio Patmat film s.r.o. and were filmed in 16:9. Beneš served as both writer and director of all 8 episodes. The episodes were released on DVD in 2013 and received their TV premiere on the Dutch channel VPRO on June 9, 2013. New episodes are currently in production.
In the Dutch version the two neighbours talk, whereas in the original and all other countries there is no dialogue.
List of show title in other languages
Here is a list of what the series was called in different countries.
- Czech Republic, Slovakia, Czechoslovakia: Kuťáci, A je to!, Pat a Mat
followers: Pat a Mat se vracejí
- Other countries, languages (in alphabetic order)
- Arabic: زينغو و رينغو
- Brazilian Portuguese: Zeca e Joca
- Croatian: I to je to! Pat i Mat
- Catalan: En Pat i en Mat
- Dutch: Buurman en Buurman (Neighbor and Neighbor), Formerly: De twee stuntels (The two clumsies)
- English: ...and that's it!, Pat and Mat
- Finnish: Hupsis!, Pat ja Mat (Oops!, Pat and Mat)
- German: ...und fertig!, Peter und Paul, Pat und Mat
- Hungarian: Kétbalkezesek (Fumblers) (literally "2 Left Handers"), Pat és Mat
- Icelandic: Klaufabárðarnir (The clumsy guys)
- Japanese: パットとマット
- Korean: 패트와 매트
- Macedonian: Пат и Мат
- Norwegian: To gode naboer (Two Good Neighbours)
- Persian: !همینه (That's it!) also "پت و مت" (Pat & Mat)
- Polish: Sąsiedzi (Neighbours), Pat i Mat
- Russian: Тяпа и Ляпа, Пат и Мат, Соседи (Neighbors)
- Slovenian: A je to! Pat in Mat
- Spanish: Pat y Mat
- Swedish: Två snubbar (Two dudes)
- Switzerland: Sepp und Heiri
- Welsh: Now a Ned
List of episodes
|N/e||Year of production||English Title||Czech Title
(Slovak in 1979-1985)
produced in the Barrandov animation studios, Prague
|...A je to!
produced in the Barrandov animation studios, Prague, courtesy of Czechoslovak Television, Bratislava
|5||1979||Rocking Chair||Hojdacie kreslo||Lubomír Beneš|
|8||1979||The Light||Svetlo||Lubomír Beneš|
|11||1982||Moving Day||Sťahovanie||Lubomír Beneš|
|14||1982||Paint Job||Maľovanie||Lubomír Beneš|
|15||1982||Crossword Puzzle||Krížovka||Lubomír Beneš|
|16||1982||Jumpers (Aerials)||Skokani||Lubomír Beneš|
|18||1983||Laundry Day||Veľké pránie||Lubomír Beneš|
|19||1983||Breakfast in Grass||Raňajky v tráve||Lubomír Beneš|
|20||1983||Washing Machine||Práčka||Lubomír Beneš|
|22||1983||The Gym||Telocvičňa||Lubomír Beneš|
|Pat & Mat
produced in the Barrandov animation studios, Prague (Krátký Film Praha)
|30||1989||The Key||Klíč||Lubomír Beneš|
|33||1990||Cleaning Day||Generální úklid||Lubomír Beneš|
|Pat & Mat
produced in the authors' AIF Studio, Prague
|37||1992||Garage Door||Vrata||Lubomír Beneš|
|41||1992||Gutter Pipe||Okap||Marek Beneš|
|45||1994||Hedgerow||Živý plot||Lubomír Beneš|
|46||1994||The Safe||Trezor||Lubomír Beneš|
|48||1994||Model Builders||Modeláři||Lubomír Beneš|
|episode not released for distribution
(produced by part of the former Lubomír Beneš's team without his heirs' consent)
|50||1998||The Cards||Karty||František Váša|
|Pat a Mat, Pat a Mat se vracejí
(followers, with Marek Beneš or his consent)
|52||2003||Roasted Sausages||Opékají špekáčky||Ladislav Pálka|
|53||2003||Roof Repair||Opravují střechu||Ladislav Pálka|
|54||2003||Black Box||Černá bedýnka||Vlasta Pospíšilová|
|56||2003||Dog House||Psí bouda||Milan Šebesta|
|57||2003||Lacquering the Floor||Natírají podlahu||Ladislav Pálka|
|58||2003||The Greenhouse||Skleník||Marek Beneš|
|59||2003||The Swing||Houpačka||Marek Beneš|
|60||2003||Unwanted Guest||Nezvaný návštěvník||Marek Beneš|
|62||2003||Painting The Windows||Natírají okna||Marek Beneš|
|63||2003||Easter Egg||Velikonoční vajíčko||Vlasta Pospíšilová|
|64||2003||Slim Figure||Štíhlá linie||Vlasta Pospíšilová|
|65||2003||Vending Machine||Automat||Marek Beneš|
|69||2003||Hang Glider||Rogalo||Ladislav Pálka|
|70||2003||Christmas Cake||Vánočka||Milan Šebesta|
|72||2003||Fax Machine||Fax||Josef Lamka|
|74||2004||Playing Golf||Hrají golf||Ladislav Pálka|
|75||2004||Bottle Cap||Někam to zapadlo||Vlasta Pospíšilová|
|76||2004||Swimming Pool||Kopají bazén||Marek Beneš|
|77||2004||Hanging A Painting||Věší krajinu||Marek Beneš|
|78||2004||Christmas Tree||Vánoční stromeček||Marek Beneš|
|Pat a Mat na venkově
produced by Patmat film, Prague
|80||2011||Paper Plates||Papírový servis||Marek Beneš|
|81||2011||Water Supply||Vodovod||Marek Beneš|
|83||2012||Vacuum Cleaner||Vysavač||Marek Beneš|
|84||2012||The Floor||Podlaha||Marek Beneš|
|85||2012||The Pool||Bazén||Marek Beneš|
|86||2013||Deadwood||Suchý strom||Marek Beneš|
The 50th episode The Cards (original name Karty) completed in 1998 by some people of the original AIF Studio and originally prepared with Lubomir Beneš, was to be the beginning of a new format of the show. It was directed, animated and written by František Váša, different from earlier episodes and filmed in widescreen format (16:9), slightly longer (lasting 11 minutes), had a dialogue, a new soundtrack and new opening and closing sequences. The characters were voiced by Czech actor David Nykl.
The original plan, of Beneš and Jiránek, was to make further episodes of the new series, possibly also half-hours, and a feature film. Its implementation, however, did not come into effect due to embezzlement of funds and trust by two members of the former Czech management. And, as made without any knowledge of Lubomír Beneš' heirs, it was the only episode filmed that was not distributed or released as the Zurich management member and world wide distributor refused to do so, while terminating any contacts to the Prague former colleagues.
Lubomír Beneš died in 1995, and the two of the Czech management of the then quickly dissipating Prague AIF Studio didn't have access to the rights to the characters any longer, as both Marek Beneš and Vladimír Jiránek left their studio in grave disagreement with them. The Prague management planned to get the rights from Lubomir Beneš's heirs, but they had to sort the embezzlement part first. One of them even promised to do so in a meeting with the angry team, yet soon after they completed the episode they decided to declare bankruptcy. Due to these circumstances, this episode has never been released or distributed.
The only trace from this episode was a screenshot posted on the AIF Studio Pat & Mat (original) website. However, the former management set up their studio called Animation People  and posted more screenshots on their website. The screenshots disappeared in the middle of September 2010 when the studio modified their website. However, the same studio later uploaded a small clip of the episode on the website.
At least two books with the series' characters were published:
- Jiří Michl: Pat & Mat : …a je to! (Egmont ČR, 1994)
- Pavel Sýkora: Pat a Mat dokážou všechno (Pat and Mat can do anything) (Albatros, 1st edition published in 2006, 2nd edition published in 2008)
On August 1, 2007 a Czech computer development company, Centauri Production, announced on their website that they have secured the rights to Pat and Mat to create a video game of the same name. The game was released in Czech Republic on October 1, 2009. It was released in other EU countries in 2010. The game is available in English and Czech. It is also available for purchase via Steam and Desura.
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