Pat & Mat

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Pat & Mat

Pat (left) and Mat (right)
Also known asPat a Mat
GenreSlapstick comedy
Created byLubomír Beneš
Vladimír Jiránek
Written byLubomír Beneš
Vladimír Jiránek
Jiří Kubíček
Vendulka Čvančarová
Marek Beneš
Directed byLubomír Beneš
Marek Beneš
Theme music composerPetr Skoumal
ComposersPetr Skoumal (ep. 2–91)
Zdeněk Zdeněk (ep. 92–130)
Luboš Fišer (ep. 1)
Country of originCzechoslovakia (episodes 1–35)
Czech Republic
Slovakia (only episodes 2–29)
West Germany (only episodes 30–35)
Netherlands (episodes 92–130)
China (episodes 92–130)
Original languageNone
No. of episodes129 (+1 unreleased)
Running time6–9 min.
Production companiesKrátký film Praha
aiF Studio
Patmat film
Ateliéry Bonton Zlín
Original release
NetworkČST (1979–1992)
ČT (1992–present)
STV (1993–2011)
ČT :D (2013–present)
TV JOJ (2016)
ReleaseAugust 12, 1976 (1976-08-12)[1] –

Pat & Mat (Czech and Slovak: Pat a Mat) is a Czechoslovak slapstick stop-motion animated series created by Lubomír Beneš and Vladimír Jiránek. The characters first appeared in the theatrically released short Kuťáci (Tinkers) in 1976, while the first made-for-TV episode Tapety (Wallpaper) was produced for ČST Bratislava three years later. The main characters of the series are two handymen, Pat and Mat, who are inventive, but extremely clumsy. As of 2021, 129 episodes of the show have been released, and it has been syndicated in a large number of countries due to its lack of dialogue (except in the Dutch version, which is dubbed).


The original name of the series was Kuťáci (The Tinkers), but when production of episodes started for ČST Bratislava, a Slovak name was required, and the crew eventually settled for ... a je to! (... and it's done!).[2] The characters themselves were nameless until 1989, when they were given the names Pat and Mat. Pat and Mat are shortened forms of Czech expressions Patlal and Matlal, which can roughly be translated as Clumsy and Awkward.[3] The authors intentionally gave the characters short and universal names suitable for a worldwide audience.[2]

The show[edit]

Each episode typically features the two characters facing mostly self-made problems, and trying to solve them using a range of possible and impossible tools and construction gadgets. Their solutions appear to work, before everything suddenly goes wrong, leading to even more problems than before. However, Pat and Mat typically find a solution in the end, usually via a surprising or innovative method. They then shake hands, before making their trademark hand gesture with a bent hand and closed fist.

According to the authors, it is manual ineptitude that inspires the stories. Alongside the humour, another motif of the show is the importance of 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.[4]

The show is also memorable for its soundtrack, composed by Petr Skoumal, of which the main parts are the theme song and a harmonica tune.


The two characters first appeared in a 1976 short film entitled Kuťáci (Tinkers) produced by Krátký film Prague (cs)'s Jiří Trnka Studio and distributed by Ústřední půjčovna filmů (cs). While creating the two characters, the authors had in mind entertainment for adults, and the short was shown before movies. Although they intended to produce more shorts for theatrical release, their parent studio refused. The series was picked up by ČST Bratislava's children's section, where it was named ... a je to! (... and that's it!). The two handymen got their names Pat and Mat in 1989, when production was resumed for Krátký film Prague. Their names then also became the name of the show.

As a result of its lack of dialogue, the show was syndicated around the world, being broadcast in more than 80 countries by the 1990s,[4] which included Czechoslovakia (now the Czech Republic and Slovakia), Yugoslavia (now Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Serbia and Slovenia), Sweden, Syria, Iraq, Poland, Iceland, Denmark, Germany, Estonia, Austria, Switzerland, Brazil, Romania, Finland, Japan, Norway, Spain, France, Iran, Hungary, Jordan, United Kingdom, South Africa, and South Korea. In the Netherlands, the characters are given dubbed dialogue, and are voiced by Kees Prins and Siem van Leeuwen. In Australia the show aired as part of a weekly, half-hour collection of animated shorts on the SBS show Kaleidoscope.

In 1990, after the collapse of the communist regime, Beneš and Jiránek founded their own aiF Studio in Prague (production) and Zürich (marketing, sales, financing), where they produced 14 more episodes, and released all 49 of them to the international market.

In 1999, four years after Beneš's death, his studio went into bankruptcy, leading to a copyright dispute over the characters and the 50th episode, which was therefore never released. Beneš's son Marek founded his own studio, Patmat, in 2001. Production of episodes was resumed in 2002 by Ateliéry Bonton Zlín, resulting in 28 episodes being produced by three studios (Ateliéry Bonton, Anima and Patmat) in just three years. Many crew members were veterans who had worked on the original TV series.

The characters were revived once again in 2009 by Beneš for a new series, Pat a Mat na venkově (Pat & Mat in the Country). The pilot, Postele (Beds), premiered at the 50th Zlín Film Festival in 2010.[5] 12 more episodes followed between 2011 and 2015, produced by Patmat Film and filmed in 16:9. Beneš directed and wrote all 13 episodes. Eight of the episodes were released on DVD in 2013 and received their TV premiere on the Dutch channel VPRO on 9 June of the same year, with the rest following soon.

To celebrate the show's 40th anniversary, Gusto Entertainment produced full-length feature film released in cinemas in 2016. The film, Pat a Mat ve filmu (Pat & Mat in a Movie), featured seven of the 2009-2015 episodes with linking segments and was shown in cinemas in several countries, including the Netherlands.[6] Three more feature films, all collections of several episodes with linking segments, followed in 2018 and 2019.

From 2018 to 2020, 39 new episodes divided into three 13-part series were made in Patmat film, co-produced by Czech Television and Netherlands-based JUST Productions, again directed by Beneš. The animation for more than half of these episodes was produced in a Chinese studio to speed up work.[7]

Unreleased 50th episode[edit]

The 50th episode Playing Cards, started in 1997 and completed in 1998 by some members of the original aiF Studio, was to be the beginning of a new format of the show. It was directed, animated and written by František Váša, and unlike earlier episodes, it was filmed in the widescreen format (16:9), with new opening and closing sequences and soundtrack. The episode was originally produced as a standard 8-minute episode, but an attempt to break into the USA market made the production team extend its length (to 12+12 minutes), and add English dialogue.[8] The characters were voiced by Czech actors David Nykl and Peter Alton. The episode was only dubbed in English, while the silent version was abandoned.[8]

The studio's original plan was to make further episodes of the new series, with the possibility of half-hour episodes and a feature film in the future.[9] However, these projects were never realised due to the studio's bankruptcy and closure, which was a result of a breakdown of relations between members of the studio's management, together with the authors' heirs.[10] Their disputes had arisen when the 14 episodes produced by aiF Studio beforehand were distributed to South Korea, while, according to Jiránek and Beneš's heirs, the authors did not receive relevant compensation for the sale. Another dispute regarding distribution rights took place in Prague, with the members of the studio unable to come to an agreement.[8] Eventually, the Zürich management member and worldwide distributor terminated all contacts to his former colleagues in Prague. Lubomir Beneš had died in 1995 and the remaining aiF Studio management could not obtain the rights to the characters because of their disputes with his heirs. Due to these circumstances, Playing Cards has never been released or distributed in the Czech Republic and most of the world, even though it entered competition at Annecy in 1999.[11] The studio declared bankruptcy in the same year and was finally liquidated in 2012.[10]

Although the episode was pulled from distribution, a screenshot from it was posted on aiF Studio's website. The former Prague management later set up a new studio at the same location, animation people, and posted more screenshots on their website, which were eventually replaced with a short, silent clip of the episode.[12] The episode was uploaded to YouTube in 2014, sourced from a South Korean VHS released by aiF's sister company aiF Asia in October 2002, which remains the only known instance of the episode being released on home video.[13] It was released with English subtitles and removed opening and closing titles. The intro sequence was uploaded in 2020 from the same source.[14] With aiF's liquidation in 2012, the episode was transferred to the Czech Film Archive.[10]


Several Pat & Mat episodes have received prizes and awards at international animation festivals.

The 38th episode The Cyclists, directed by Lubomír Beneš and animated by Alfons Mensdorff-Pouilly, participated in the "Annecy '93" (Annecy, France) animation festival competition, and was invited to a number of other world festivals. The episode was also 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 City) and presented by these institutions in their autumn 1993 show.

The 44th episode The Billiards, animated by František Váša, was selected for the "Annecy '95" competition, and invited to many other international film festivals. The episode was awarded two prizes at the World Animation Celebration in Agoura, California in March 1997:

  • 1st prize – best animation for a daytime TV series
  • 2nd prize – best stop motion professional animation

The 50th episode Playing Cards (originally named Karty) written, animated and directed by František Váša, was selected for the "Annecy '99" TV competition.


Episodes made from 1979 to 1985 have Mat (left) wearing a grey shirt.


Although intended to avoid politics completely, the original short, Kuťáci, drew the ire of Communist censors in Prague. The short was also screened abroad, where someone objected that the colours of the shirts, red and yellow, were chosen to make fun of the tense Soviet-Chinese relations, with red representing the USSR and yellow China. The authors were so forced to change Mat's shirt from red to a neutral grey until 1989, when the Communist regime collapsed and it was safe to make Mat's shirt red again. Although the authors wanted to continue shooting after the initial short, their studio Krátký film did not allow them to do so. The reason given was that Kuťáci were just ordinary entertainment not appropriate for the cultural policy of the time. However, as the Slovak Television in Bratislava showed interest in further episodes, twenty-eight episodes were produced for them instead, with great success.[2] The series returned to Prague in 1989.

In the intro scene to the episode Vinári, the episode name is stamped with a star stamp. This symbol was used at the time in public TV broadcasts to mark adult content. It is unknown if the symbol was meant to be real warning (perhaps because the characters are seen consuming wine in the episode), or just a joke, since the episode was aired at the same time as the usual children's programming.


In Switzerland, the children's television programmers of the German-language station Schweizer Fernsehen banned some of the episodes because they contained high amounts of slapstick violence, which they deemed "too dangerous". The French- and Italian-language channels broadcast the offending episodes as normal.

Fox Kids airings[edit]

In 2003 Fox Kids Europe bought the rights from Ateliéry Bonton Zlín to air episodes 2–26[15] on the Fox Kids network in several countries, including the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Poland, Hungary, Germany, United Kingdom, Greece, Portugal, Latin America and Brazil. The show had its intro and outro changed, and almost all scenes in which the characters use knives or which contain slapstick violence deemed too "intense" were cut. Later airings put the original intro back in, but replaced the outro with a narration warning against imitating the behavior of the series' characters.


In November 2008, on IRIB TV2, an accidental broadcast of an uncensored version of the episode Vinári in which the main characters are making wine and later consuming it, led to the dismissal of three employees of Iranian television. In July 2020, it happened once again on the Qom provincial network. In a statement, the public relations of Qom Central Radio and Television apologized for the broadcast of this animation and announced that in order to compensate for this mistake, the agents who inadvertently did so were reprimanded by the director general of the center. All airings of episodes such as Modeláři, Klič, Strecha, Pračka, Kolečka and Vinári on IRIB Nahal and TeleWebion have been modified, to remove or alter scenes showing wine, while scenes in Pračka featuring a statue of a nude woman have it blurred out.

Middle East[edit]

The show was originally popularized by the Jordan Television Network under the name "Zingo wa Ringo", becoming a cultural reference point for many children growing up in the 90s across the Middle East. In Saudi Arabia, a heavily edited version of the series under the name "سويلم و عبيد (Sawilem and Obaid)" was broadcast. This version of the series features a completely redone intro and outro alongside other major changes such as completely removing Petr Skoumal's soundtrack, preserving sound effects only where they were not accompanied by music whilst recreating them otherwise, a narrator, and the addition of full voice acting for both characters. This dub sports a censored version of the episode Vinári which cuts the episode's ending, to omit a scene in which both main characters are seen consuming wine.

Production years[edit]

Nr. Episode(s) Production year
1 1 (1) 1976
2 2–29 (28) 1979, 1981–1985
3 30–35 (6) 1989–1990
4 36–49 (14) 1992, 1994
5 50 (1, unreleased) 1998
6 51–78 (28) 2002–2004
7 79–91 (13) 2009, 2011–2015
8 92–104 (13) 2018
9 105–117 (13) 2018–2019
10 118–130 (13) 2019–2020

List of episodes[edit]

Year of production English title Czech title
(Slovak in 1979–1985)
Episode director
Kuťáci (Tinkers)
produced in the Barrandov animation studios (Krátký Film), Prague
1 1976 Tinkers Kuťáci Lubomír Beneš
... a je to!
produced in the Barrandov animation studios (Krátký Film), Prague for Czechoslovak Television, Bratislava
2 1979 Tapestry (Wallpaper) Tapety Lubomír Beneš
3 1979 Workshop Dielňa Lubomír Beneš
4 1979 Carpet Koberec Lubomír Beneš
5 1979 Rocking Chair Hojdacie kreslo Lubomír Beneš
6 1979 Picture Obraz Lubomír Beneš
7 1979 Garage Garáž Lubomír Beneš
8 1979 Light (The Light) Svetlo Lubomír Beneš
9 1981 Record Player (Gramophone) Gramofón Lubomír Beneš
10 1981 Grill Grill Lubomír Beneš
11 1982 Removal (Moving Day) Sťahovanie Lubomír Beneš
12 1982 Water Voda Lubomír Beneš
13 1982 Garden Záhradka Lubomír Beneš
14 1982 Painting Job Maľovanie Lubomír Beneš
15 1982 Jumpers Skokani Lubomír Beneš
16 1982 Crossword (Crossword Puzzle) Krížovka Lubomír Beneš
17 1983 Bird Feeder (Birdhouse) Búdka Lubomír Beneš
18 1983 Big Laundry (Laundry Day) Veľké pranie Lubomír Beneš
19 1983 Gym Telocvičňa Lubomír Beneš
20 1983 Breakfast (Breakfast in Grass) Raňajky v tráve Lubomír Beneš
21 1983 Washing Machine Práčka Lubomír Beneš
22 1983 Rain Dážď Lubomír Beneš
23 1984 Excursion (Trip) Výlet Lubomír Beneš
24 1984 Winegrowers (Winemakers) Vinári Lubomír Beneš
25 1984 Skates Korčule Lubomír Beneš
26 1984 Piano Klavír Lubomír Beneš
27 1985 Potters Hrnčiari Lubomír Beneš
28 1985 Defect (Malfunction) Porucha Lubomír Beneš
29 1985 Apple Jablko Lubomír Beneš
Pat & Mat
produced in the Barrandov animation studios (Krátký Film), Prague
30 1989 Key (The Key) Klíč Lubomír Beneš
31 1989 Furniture Nábytek Lubomír Beneš
32 1990 Mowing Machine (Lawnmower) Sekačka Lubomír Beneš
33 1990 Big Cleanup Generální úklid Lubomír Beneš
34 1990 Roof Střecha Lubomír Beneš
35 1990 Door Dveře Lubomír Beneš
Pat & Mat
produced in the authors' aiF Studio, Prague
36 1992 Biscuits Sušenky Marek Beneš
37 1992 Garage Door Vrata Lubomír Beneš
38 1992 Cyclists Cyklisti Lubomír Beneš
39 1992 Paving Bricks (Tiles) Dlaždice Lubomír Beneš
40 1992 Parquetry (Parquet) Parkety Lubomír Beneš
41 1992 Gutter Pipe Okap Marek Beneš
42 1992 Convertible Kabriolet Lubomír Beneš
43 1994 Flat Tire (Accident) Nehoda Lubomír Beneš
44 1994 Billiards Kulečník Lubomír Beneš
45 1994 Quickset Hedge (Hedgerow) Živý plot Lubomír Beneš
46 1994 Safe (The Safe) Trezor Lubomír Beneš
47 1994 Mudguard (Fender) Blatník Lubomír Beneš
48 1994 Model Builders Modeláři Lubomír Beneš
49 1994 Windsurfing Windsurfing Lubomír Beneš
episode not released for distribution
(produced by part of Lubomír Beneš's former team without his heirs' consent)
50 1998 Playing Cards Karty František Váša
Pat a Mat, Pat a Mat se vracejí (Pat & Mat Return)
(followers, with Marek Beneš or his consent)
produced by Ateliery Bonton Zlín
51 2002 Puzzle Puzzle Marek Beneš
52 2003 Roasted Sausages Opékají špekáčky Ladislav Pálka
53 2003 Roof Repair Opravují střechu Ladislav Pálka
54 2003 Black Box Černá bedýnka Vlasta Pospíšilová
55 2003 Furniture on Wheels Kolečka 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
61 2003 Bodyguards Bodygárdi 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
66 2003 Autodrome Autodráha Marek Beneš
67 2003 Aquarium Akvárium Marek Beneš
68 2003 Canning Zavařují Ladislav Pálka
69 2003 Hang Glider Rogalo Ladislav Pálka
70 2003 Christmas Cake Vánočka Milan Šebesta
71 2003 Flu Stůňou Ladislav Pálka
72 2003 Fax Machine Fax Josef Lamka
73 2003 Strawberries Jahody Vlasta Pospíšilová
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 (Pat & Mat in the Countryside)
produced by Patmat film, Prague
79 2009 Beds Postele Marek Beneš
80 2011 Water Supply Vodovod Marek Beneš
81 2011 Paper Plates Papírový servis Marek Beneš
82 2011 Projector Promítačka Marek Beneš
83 2012 Vacuum Cleaner Vysavač Marek Beneš
84 2012 The Pool Bazén Marek Beneš
85 2012 The Floor Podlaha Marek Beneš
86 2013 Deadwood Suchý strom Marek Beneš
87 2014 Orange Juice Pomerančová šťáva Marek Beneš
88 2014 Bicycle Rotoped Marek Beneš
89 2015 Cactus Kaktus Marek Beneš
90 2015 Bathroom Tiles Obkladačky Marek Beneš
91 2015 Sun Cover Sluneční clona Marek Beneš
Pat a Mat nás baví (Pat & Mat Entertain Us)
produced by Patmat film, Prague
92 2018 Bees Včely Marek Beneš
93 2018 (Solar) Lawnmower Sekačka Marek Beneš
94 2018 Mole Krtek Marek Beneš
95 2018 Fence Plot Marek Beneš
96 2018 Clogged Chimney Ucpaný komín Marek Beneš
97 2018 Power Station Elektrárna Marek Beneš
98 2018 Rock Garden Skalka Marek Beneš
99 2018 Rodeo Rodeo Marek Beneš
100 2018 Carousel Kolotoč Marek Beneš
101 2018 Dishwasher Myčka Marek Beneš
102 2018 Waste Odpad Marek Beneš
103 2018 Stairs Schody Marek Beneš
104 2018 Camera Kamera Marek Beneš
Pat a Mat – Zimní radovánky/Pat a Mat v zimě (Pat & Mat – Winter Fun/Pat & Mat in Winter)
produced by Patmat film, Prague
105 2018 Calamity Kalamita Marek Beneš
106 2018 Christmas Lights Vánoční světýlka Marek Beneš
107 2018 Sauna Sauna Marek Beneš
108 2018 Nativity Scene Betlém Marek Beneš
109 2018 Tree Stromeček Marek Beneš
110 2018 Gifts Dárky Marek Beneš
111 2018 New Year Silvestr Marek Beneš
112 2019 Christmas Card Novoroční přání Marek Beneš
113 2019 Potato Salad Bramborový salát Marek Beneš
114 2019 Carp Kapr Marek Beneš
115 2019 Gingerbread House Perníková chaloupka Marek Beneš
116 2019 Glazed Frost Ledovka Marek Beneš
117 2019 Igloo Iglú Marek Beneš
Pat a Mat kutí (Pat & Mat Pat Handymen's Adventures/DIY Troubles)[16]
produced by Patmat film, Prague
118 2019 Pancakes Palačinky Marek Beneš
119 2019 Flying Machine Létající stroj Marek Beneš
120 2019 Popcorn Popcorn Marek Beneš
121 2019 New Kitchen / Furniture Nová kuchyně[17] / Nábytek Marek Beneš
122 2019 Car Wash Automyčka Marek Beneš
123 2019 Harvest Sklizeň Marek Beneš
124 2019 Phototrap Fotopast Marek Beneš
125 2020 Ice Making Výroba ledu Marek Beneš
126 2020 Tube Post Potrubní pošta Marek Beneš
127 2020 Barbecue Barbecue Marek Beneš
128 2020 Pizza Pizza Marek Beneš
129 2020 Bread Pečou chleba Marek Beneš
130 2020 Garage Door Garážová vrata Marek Beneš

Feature films[edit]

Year Czech title English title
2016 Pat a Mat ve filmu Pat & Mat in a Movie
2018 Pat a Mat znovu v akci Pat & Mat in Action Again
2018 Pat a Mat: Zimní radovánky Pat & Mat: Winter Fun
2019 Pat a Mat: Kutilské trampoty Pat & Mat: Handymen’s Adventures


Country TV channel(s) Year(s)
Czech Republic ČST, ČT, ČT :D, Fox Kids 1979–1992[citation needed], 1992–present, 2013–present
Slovakia ČST, Jednotka, Dvojka, TV JOJ 1979–1992, 1993–2010, 2016

Titles in other languages[edit]

In alphabetic order:

Language(s) Title(s)
Arabic "هذا هو... هو كذلك" (This; in Lebanon), "زينغو و رينغو" (Zingo and Ringo; in Jordan), "سويلم و عبيد" (Sawilem and Obaid; in Saudi Arabia)
Catalan "En Pat i en Mat"
Chinese "大笨蛋和小傻瓜" (Big fool and little fool; in China), 派特和麥特 (in Taiwan), 呆瓜兄弟 (Dumb brothers; in Hong Kong), "得意朋友" (Proud friends; in Singapore)
Croatian "A je to! (I to je to!) Pat i Mat"
Danish "Naboerne Per & Mads (The Neighbors Per & Mads)"
Dutch* "Buurman en Buurman" (Neighbour and Neighbour), formerly "De twee stuntels" (The two klutzes)
English "Pat and Mat"
Estonian "Meistrimehed Pat ja Mat" (Handymen Pat and Mat)
Filipino "Ito Si Pat at Mat" (This Is Pat and Mat)
Finnish "Hupsis!, Pat ja Mat" (Oops!, Pat and Mat)
German "... und fertig!" (... and that's it!), "Pat und Mat", "Peter und Paul", "Sepp und Heiri" (in Switzerland), "Mack und Macke" (in DDR)
Hungarian "Kétbalkezesek" (Fumblers) (literally "2 Left Handers"), Pat és Mat
Icelandic "Klaufabárðarnir" (The clumsy guys)
Indonesian "Pat dan Mat"
Japanese "パットとマット" (Romanji: Patto To Matto) (Pat And Mat)
Korean "패트와 매트"
Latvian "Pat un Mat"
Macedonian "Пат и Мат"
Malay "Pat dan Mat"
Norwegian "To gode naboer" (Two Good Neighbours), "Pat og Mat"
Persian "!همینه " (That's it!) also "پت و مت" (Pat & Mat)
Polish "Sąsiedzi (The Neighbours), Pat i Mat"
Portuguese "Zeca e Joca", "Pat e Mat"
Romanian "Asta e! Pat și Mat"
Russian "Тяпа и Ляпа" (Tyapa and Lyapa), "Пат и Мат", "Соседи" (Neighbours)
Slovenian "A je to! Pat in Mat"
South-Africa "Hans en Mans"
Spanish "Los Chapuceros", "Pat y Mat"
Swedish "Två snubbar" (Two dudes), "Pat och Mat"
Turkish "Pat ve Mat"
Welsh "Now a Ned", "Pat a Mat"
* In the Dutch version the characters talk, whereas in the original and all other countries there is no dialogue. Pat is voiced by Kees Prins and Mat by Simon van Leeuwen.

Home media[edit]

After being released on VHS for ten years, the first 35 episodes were released on DVD in the early 2000s, with the 28 new episodes featuring in the last release in 2005. Shorts from the AIF era were initially unavailable because of copyright issues,[18] but appeared on DVD for the first time in 2007.[19]

English dub[edit]

In 1999, AIF Asia located in South Korea dubbed Pat & Mat episodes in English for educational purposes. The dub, covering episodes 1 to 49, was originally released on 10 VHS tapes, and re-released in 2003 for 10 DVD discs.

Related products[edit]

At least two books with the series' characters have been published:

  • Michl, Jiří (1994). Pat & Mat: ...and that's it!. Czech Republic: Egmont.
  • Sýkora, Pavel; Jiránek, Vladimír; Beneš, Lubomír (2010). Pat a Mat dokážou všechno [Pat and Mat can do anything] (3rd ed.). Albatros. ISBN 9788000025933.

A Czech computer development company, Centauri Production released the Pat & Mat mini video game.[20] It was released in Czech language in the Czech Republic on 1 October 2009, and in other EU countries in English in 2010. The English version from Steam was taken down in July 2020.[21]

There is a wide range of Pat & Mat merchandise available, including games, dolls, key rings, office material, posters and T-shirts. In Dutch supermarkets Pat & Mat food is also available.[22]


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