|The Little Mole|
|Created by||Zdeněk Miler|
|Voiced by||Zdeněk Miler's daughters|
The Little Mole (Czech: Krtek, Krteček) is a series of cartoons as well as their title character, created by Czech animator Zdeněk Miler. The premiere of the first short film took place at the Venice Film Festival in 1957. Since its inception, the cartoon has gained enormous popularity in many Central European countries, as well as India, China, Kazakhstan, Croatia, Denmark, Norway, Finland, Russia, Ukraine, Belarus, Iran, Iraq, and Japan.
Krtek was first seen in 1956 in Prague, when Miler wanted to create a children's cartoon about how flax is processed. He wanted a strong Disney influence to the cartoon by choosing an animal for the leading role, and decided to pick a mole after stumbling over a molehill during a walk. The first film, called "Jak krtek ke kalhotkám přišel" ("How the mole got his trousers"), had its premiere at the Venice Film Festival in 1957, where it was awarded two Golden Lions. Production of further episodes started in 1963 and since then, around fifty episodes have been created.
The first episode of the cartoon was narrated, but Miler wanted the cartoon to be understood in every country of the world, so he decided to use his daughters as voice actors, reducing the speech to short non-figurative exclamations in order to express the mole's feelings and world perception. Miler's daughters also became the bottleneck of the creation process as they were the ones who got to see the whole film first, thus Miler was able to decide whether the message of the movie was able to get to children or not.
It took me a long time to realize it, but when I draw Krtek, I was drawing myself.— Zdeněk Miler
Inclusion on US Space Shuttle flight
On 16 May 2011, a plush toy of Krtek was present on board the Space Shuttle Endeavour, where it accompanied the U.S. astronaut Andrew J. Feustel, whose wife is of Czech ancestry, on the STS-134 mission.
US toy market plans
In 2016, China Central Television Animation and Little Mole a.s. (founded by Zdeněk Miler's granddaughter, Karolína Milerová) created a remake version called The Little Mole and Panda. The show ran until 2019.
Alfa Romeo Racing partnership
On 23 May 2019, Alfa Romeo Racing, a Formula One team, announced Krtek as the new team partner. Frédéric Vasseur, principal of the team, said that the goal of the partnership is to capture the imagination of hundreds of thousands of children and get them closer to the sport using Krtek's big follower base all over the world. Mole's iconic figure is appearing on the sidepods of the cars for the rest of the 2019 season.
Music plays an important role in the cartoons, since the characters almost never utter more than emotional sounds, the most common of which is "Ahoj!" ("Hello" in Czech). The original series' music uses acoustic and electric musical instruments, rather than synthesized ones.
- From 2002 to 2004, a set of 60 DVDs entitled "Nejlepších večerníčků" (Best Bedtime Stories) was released, some of which included Krtek animations. Included in the list below are the DVD numbers for films in this set.
- A DVD set with all 63 episodes called "приключения Крота" (Mole adventure) was produced for Russian audiences.
- IMDB Episode List
|Episode||English title||Czech title||Year||Duration||NV DVD #*|
|01.||How Mole Got His Trousers||Jak krtek ke kalhotkám přišel||1957||11:51||1|
|02.||Mole and the Car||Krtek a autíčko||1963||14:30||19|
|03.||Mole and the Rocket||Krtek a raketa||1965||08:40|
|04.||Mole and the Transistor Set||Krtek a tranzistor||1968||08:10||10|
|05.||Mole and the Green Star||Krtek a zelená hvězda||1969||07:30||10,1|
|06.||Mole and the Chewing Gum||Krtek a žvýkačka||1969||07:20||10|
|07.||Mole in a Zoo||Krtek v Zoo||1969||06:05||10|
|08.||Mole as a Gardener||Krtek zahradníkem||1969||06:55||10,1|
|09.||Mole and the Hedgehog||Krtek a ježek||1970||08:25||10|
|10.||Mole and the Lollipop||Krtek a lízátko||1970||08:00||10,1|
|11.||Mole and the TV||Krtek a televizor||1970||05:30||10|
|12.||Mole and the Umbrella||Krtek a paraplíčko||1971||07:10||10,1|
|13.||Mole as a Painter||Krtek malířem||1972||09:35||19|
|14.||Mole and the Matches||Krtek a zápalky||1974||05:30||19|
|15.||Mole and the Music||Krtek a muzika||1974||05:15||19|
|16.||Mole and the Telephone||Krtek a telefon||1974||05:25||19|
|17.||Mole as a Chemist||Krtek chemikem||1974||05:30||19|
|18.||Mole and the Carpet||Krtek a koberec||1974||05:40||19|
|19.||Mole as Watchmaker||Krtek hodinářem||1974||05:25||19|
|20.||Mole at Christmas||Krtek o Vánocích||1975||05:45||19|
|21.||Mole as Photographer||Krtek fotografem||1975||05:45||19|
|22.||Mole and the Egg||Krtek a vejce||1975||05:35||19|
|23.||Mole and the Bulldozer||Krtek a buldozér||1975||05:43||19|
|24.||Mole in the Desert||Krtek na poušti||1975||05:52||19|
|25.||Mole and the Carnival||Krtek a karneval||1975||05:25||19|
|26.||Mole in Town||Krtek ve městě||1982||28:31||33|
|27.||Mole in a Dream||Krtek ve snu||1984||28:09||33|
|28.||Mole and the Medicine||Krtek a medicína||1987||28:08||44|
|29.||Mole as a Movie Star||Krtek filmová hvězda||1988||27:47||44|
|30.||Mole and the Eagle||Krtek a orel||1992||28:05||50|
|31.||Mole and the Clock||Krtek a hodiny||1994||28:04||50|
|32.||Mole and the Coal||Krtek a uhlí||1995||04:10||33|
|33.||Mole and His Friends||Krtek a kamarádi||1995||05:18||33,1|
|34.||Mole's Weekend||Krtek a víkend||1995||05:05||33|
|35.||Mole and the Robot||Krtek a robot||1995||05:00||33,1|
|36.||Mole and the Celebration||Krtek a oslava||1995||05:04||33|
|37.||Mole and the Little Ducks||Krtek a kachničky||1995||05:00||33|
|38.||Mole and the Subway||Krtek a metro||1997||05:00||44|
|39.||Mole and the Mushrooms||Krtek a houby||1997||04:28||44|
|40.||Mole and the Little Mouse||Krtek a myška||1997||05:19||44|
|41.||Mole and the Little Hare||Krtek a zajíček||1997||05:11||44|
|42.||Mole and the Mother||Krtek a maminka||1997||05:20||44|
|43.||Mole and the Flood||Krtek a potopa||1997||05:04|
|44.||Mole and the Snowman||Krtek a sněhulák||1998||05:09||44,1|
|45.||Mole on Vacation||Krtek a dovolená||1998||01:15|
|46.||Mole and cottage||Krtek a domek||1998|
|47.||Mole and the chicks||Krtek a tresne||1998|
|48.||Mole and snail||Krtek a šnek||1998|
|49.||Mole and jewels||Krtek a sperky||1998|
|50.||Mole and tv||Krtek a televize||1998|
|51.||Mole and the Little Frog||Krtek a žabka||1998|
|52.||Mole and painter||Krtek a malirem||1998|
|53.||Mole and balloon||Krtek a balonek||1998|
|54.||Mole and box||Krtek a krabice||1998|
|55.||Mole and hat||Krtek a klobouk||1998|
|56.||Mole magician||Krtek kouzelnik||1998|
|57.||Mole and duck||Krtek a kacenka||1998|
|58.||Mole and the Flute||Krtek a flétna||1999||05:05||50,1|
|59.||Mole and the Spring||Krtek a pramen||1999||05:33||50|
|60.||Mole and the Grumbler||Krtek a šťoura||1999||05:21||50|
|61.||Mole and the Swallow||Krtek a vlaštovka||2000||04:25||50|
|62.||Mole and the Little Fish||Krtek a rybka||2000||05:02||50|
|63.||Mole and the Little Frog||Krtek a žabka||2002||05:20||50,1|
- "iMDB.com". IMDb.
- BBC Genome website - Radio Times listings
- Halousek, Milan (3 April 2011). "Into Space with Mole". Czech Space Office. Archived from the original on 21 July 2011. Retrieved 19 June 2012.
- "Flying to Space with the Little Mole (Do kosmu s Krtkem)". Do kosmu s Krtkem. Retrieved 19 June 2012.
- Rousek, Leos (22 March 2011). "Space Shuttle Stowaway Is a Commie Mole". The Wall Street Journal. Retrieved 19 June 2012.
- "Apple to help Czech cartoon character Krtek enter U.S. market, Bloomberg reports". Yahoo Finance. 16 May 2012. Retrieved 18 May 2012.
- Ponikelska, Lenka (16 May 2012). "Apple Helps Czech Mole Enter $21 Billion U.S. Toy Market". Bloomberg. Retrieved 18 May 2012.
- "Thursday news briefing — Jan.8, 2015". Prague Post. 8 January 2015. Retrieved 5 March 2015.
- NOHL, Radek. Spor o Krtečka se dotkne i Tvrdíkova čínského byznysu. Pohádka s Pandou je v ohrožení. Seznam Zprávy [online]. 25. 3. 2019 [cit. 28 May 2021]. Dostupné online.
- "Little Mole goes from stars to cars with Alfa Romeo Racing". Sauber Group. Retrieved 28 May 2019.