Pat & Mat

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Pat & Mat
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Pat (left) and Mat (right)
Also known as 'A je to!, Pat a Mat'
Genre Animated television series
Created by Lubomír Beneš
Vladimír Jiránek
Written by Lubomír Beneš
Vladimír Jiránek
Jiří Kubíček
Vendulka Čvančarová
Marek Beneš
others
Directed by Lubomír Beneš
Marek Beneš
others
Theme music composer Petr Skoumal
Composer(s) Luboš Fišer (ep. 1)
Petr Skoumal (ep. 2-91)
Country of origin Czechoslovakia
Czech Republic
Slovakia
No. of episodes 91
Production
Running time 6 - 9 min.
Production company(s) Krátký Film Praha
aiF Studio
Patmat film s.r.o.
others
Release
Original network ČST
ČT
STV
Picture format 4:3 (ep. 1-49, 51-78)
16:9 (ep. 50, 79-91)
Audio format Mono
Original release 1976 – present
External links
Official website www.patmat.cz?lang=e

Pat & Mat (Slovak: A je to!, Pat a Mat) is a Czechoslovak stop-motion animated series created by Lubomír Beneš and Vladimír Jiránek, which first appeared in 1976. The main characters of the series are two handymen, Pat and Mat, who are inventive but extremely clumsy. As of 2015, 91 episodes of the show have been produced, and it has been syndicated in a large number of countries due to its lack of dialogue.

Name[edit]

The names "Pat" and "Mat" are Czech and Slovak words meaning "stalemate" and "checkmate" respectively. These words are taken from the Persian chess terms: pāt (Persian: پات‎‎) and māt (Persian: مات‎‎).

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 invariably 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.[1]

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.

History[edit]

The two characters first appeared in a 1976 short film entitled Kuťáci (Fitters). Later, the characters appeared in more shorts, making their own series on Slovak TV entitled ... A je to! (... And that's it!), 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 be produced as children's television only, in a short film format of 7–9 minutes.

As a result of its lack of dialogue, the show was syndicated around the world, being broadcast in countries including Czechoslovakia (now Czech Republic and Slovakia), Sweden, Syria, Iraq, Poland, the former Yugoslavia, Iceland, Denmark, Germany, Estonia, Austria, Switzerland, Brazil, Finland, Japan, Norway, Spain, Iran, Hungary, Jordan, South Africa, and South Korea. In the Netherlands, the characters are given dubbed dialogue, 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, Lubomír Beneš founded his own AIF Studio in Prague (production) and Zürich (marketing, sales, financing), where he and his team produced 14 more episodes, and released all 49 of them to the international market.

In 1998, three 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 Film. 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 2011 by Beneš for a new series, Pat a Mat na venkově (Pat & Mat in the Country). The pilot, Postele (Beds), produced in 2009, premiered at the 50th Zlín Film Festival in 2010.[2] Twelve more episodes followed from 2011 to 2015, produced at Patmat Film and filmed in 16:9. Beneš directed and wrote all 13 episodes. The episodes were released on DVD in 2013 and received their TV premiere on the Dutch channel VPRO on 9 June 2013.

To celebrate the show's 40th anniversary, seven new episodes were shown in cinemas in 2016 in several countries, including the Netherlands.[3] Gusto Entertainment announced in December 2015 that a full-length feature film would be released in cinemas in 2016.[needs update]

Awards[edit]

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 (original name Karty) written, animated and directed by František Váša, was selected for the "Annecy '99" TV competition.

Controversies[edit]

Czechoslovakia[edit]

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

In socialist Czechoslovakia, the authors had to explain their "subversive" characters and stories to the Communist regime's watch-dogs in Prague, and were once asked whether they had chosen the shirt colours, red and yellow, to make fun of the Soviet-Chinese tensions. However, their explanations were "unsatisfactory", and so the "ideological impurity" remained and further production of Pat & Mat was banned. To get around the ban, their Czechoslovak Television colleagues in Bratislava assigned them production means so the show could continue in the same studio in Prague where Lubomír Beneš and his crew worked, under the cover of the Slovak studio, an arrangement which lasted for 28 episodes from 1979–1985. Mat's shirt was changed from red to a neutral grey until 1989, at which point the Communist regime collapsed and it was safe to make Mat's shirt red again.

Switzerland[edit]

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.[citation needed]

List of episodes[edit]

N/e Year of production English Title Czech Title
(Slovak in 1979-1985)
Episode Director
Pilot
produced in the Barrandov animation studios (Krátký Film), Prague
1 1976 Fitters Kuťáci Lubomír Beneš
...A je to!
produced in the Barrandov animation studios (Krátký Film), Prague, courtesy of 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 The Light Svetlo Lubomír Beneš
9 1981 Record Player (Gramophone) Gramofón Lubomír Beneš
10 1981 Grill Gril Lubomír Beneš
11 1982 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 Crosswords (Crossword Puzzle) Krížovka Lubomír Beneš
16 1982 Jumpers (Aerials) Skokani Lubomír Beneš
17 1983 Bird Feeder (Birdhouse) Búdka Lubomír Beneš
18 1983 Big Laundry (Laundry Day) Veľké pranie Lubomír Beneš
19 1983 Breakfast (Breakfast in Grass) Raňajky v tráve Lubomír Beneš
20 1983 Washing Machine Práčka Lubomír Beneš
21 1983 Rain Dážď Lubomír Beneš
22 1983 Gym Telocvičňa Lubomír Beneš
23 1984 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 The Key Klíč Lubomír Beneš
31 1989 Furniture Nábytek Lubomír Beneš
32 1990 Lawnmower Sekačka Lubomír Beneš
33 1990 Cleaning Day Generální úklid Lubomír Beneš
34 1990 Door Dveře Lubomír Beneš
35 1990 Roof Střecha 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 Tiles Dlaždice Lubomír Beneš
40 1992 Parquet Parkety Lubomír Beneš
41 1992 Gutter Pipe Okap Marek Beneš
42 1992 Convertible Kabriolet Lubomír Beneš
43 1994 Accident Nehoda Lubomír Beneš
44 1994 Billiard Kulečník Lubomír Beneš
45 1994 Hedgerow Živý plot Lubomír Beneš
46 1994 The Safe Trezor Lubomír Beneš
47 1994 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 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)
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 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
produced by Patmat film, Prague
79 2009 Beds Postele Marek Beneš
80 2011 Paper Plates Papírový servis Marek Beneš
81 2011 Water Supply Vodovod Marek Beneš
82 2011 Projector Promítačka 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
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 Cover Sluneční clona Marek Beneš

50th episode[edit]

The 50th episode The Cards (Czech: Karty) completed in 1998 by some members 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, and unlike earlier episodes it was filmed in widescreen format (16:9) and slightly longer (lasting 11 minutes), with dialogue, a new soundtrack and new opening and closing sequences. The characters were voiced by Czech actor David Nykl.[4]

Beneš and Jiránek's original plan was to make further episodes of the new series, and possibly also half-hour episodes and a feature film.[5] However, these projects were never realised due to a breakdown of relations between the creators of the episode and the management team from the Prague AIF Studio after Lubomir Beneš's death. Eventually the Prague AIF Studio declared bankruptcy, and as a result the 50th episode has never been released or distributed. The only trace from the episode was a screenshot posted on the AIF Studio Pat & Mat website.[6] The former management set up a new studio called Animation People and posted more screenshots on their website, which were taken down in September 2010. The studio later uploaded a small clip of the episode onto the website.[7] The episode was eventually uploaded to YouTube, taken from a Korean VHS.[8]

Titles in other languages[edit]

Original
  • Czech Republic, Slovakia, Czechoslovakia: Kuťáci, A je to!, Pat a Mat
    followers: Pat a Mat se vracejí
Other languages (in alphabetic order)
  • Arabic: زينغو و رينغو
  • Croatian: A je to! (I to je to!) Pat i Mat
  • Catalan: En Pat i en Mat
  • Danish: Naboerne Per & Mads (The Neighbors Per & Mads)
  • Dutch*: Buurman en Buurman (Neighbour and Neighbour), Formerly: De twee stuntels (The two klutzes)
  • English: ...and that's it!, Pat and Mat
  • Estonian: "Meistrimehed Pat ja Mat" (Handymen Pat and Mat)
  • Finnish: Hupsis!, Pat ja Mat (Oops!, Pat and Mat)
  • German: ...und fertig!, Peter und Paul, Pat und Mat, Sepp und Heiri
  • 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
  • Portuguese: Zeca e Joca
  • Russian: Тяпа и Ляпа, 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)
  • Welsh: Now a Ned

* 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,[9] but appeared on DVD for the first time in 2007.[10]

Related products[edit]

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

  • Michl, Jiří (1994). Pat & Mat : …a je to!. 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. 

On 1 August 2007 a Czech computer development company, Centauri Production, announced via their website that they had secured the rights to create a Pat & Mat video game. The game was released in the Czech Republic on 1 October 2009, and other EU countries in 2010. The game is available in English and Czech, and is also available for purchase via Steam[11] and Desura.[12]

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.[13]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Pat & Mat/...and that's it! series - More About". Patandmat.com. Retrieved 2013-12-24. 
  2. ^ "Detail filmu | Pat a Mat na venkově: Postele | 54. ZLÍN FILM FESTIVAL 2014 - Mezinárodní festival pro děti a mládež". Zlinfest.cz. Archived from the original on 2013-12-24. Retrieved 2013-12-24. 
  3. ^ [1] (in Dutch)
  4. ^ © Citia (2013-06-15). "> About > Archives > 1999 > Official Selection > Film Index". Annecy. Archived from the original on 2013-12-24. Retrieved 2013-12-24. 
  5. ^ "Pat & Mat/...and that's it! series - About". Patandmat.com. Retrieved 2013-12-24. 
  6. ^ (original) website
  7. ^ "Animation technologies". Animation.cz. Retrieved 2013-12-24. 
  8. ^ "Video of the 50th episode". YouTube. Retrieved 2014-05-16. 
  9. ^ Jürg Schaeppi. "Pat & Mat | Fansite". Schaeppi.tv. Retrieved 2014-05-16. 
  10. ^ "Pat a Mat speciál ... A je to! (2007) [TV seriál] - režie: Lubomír Beneš, Marek Beneš". Fdb.cz. Retrieved 2013-12-24. 
  11. ^ "Save 50% on Pat & Mat on Steam". Store.steampowered.com. 2013-07-17. Retrieved 2013-12-24. 
  12. ^ "Pat & Mat Windows game". Desura. 2011-08-31. Retrieved 2013-12-24. 
  13. ^ https://www.buurmanenbuurman.eu/buurman-buurman-buurtkoekjes.html/

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