Czech artist Zdeněk Smetana dies
Czech artist and animator Zdeněk Smetana, author of popular television bedtime stories, died on Thursday at the age of 90. Mr Smetana started working for the famous Bratři v triku studio founded by artist Jiří Trnka in 1946. In the 1970s and 1980s he focused on creating animated series for Czechoslovak Television’s evening childrens’ programme Večerníček. He is best known for his series Křemílek a Vochomůrka and Rákosníček, which have become classics of their kind. Mr Smetana made over 400 animated cartoons, winning a number of awards in Cannes, Venice and other festivals.