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Masters of Czech animated film

Jiří Trnka: Zahrada, photo: Barbora Němcová

The Czech Republic has a long history of animation, dating back to cinema’s silent era. Indeed, many Czech cartoon characters, such as the Little Mole, are known and cherished by children world-wide. The Little Mole even made it all the way to space on board the Endeavour space shuttle!

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In a new, seven-part series, Radio Prague International traces the history of Czech animation, from its founders Jiří Trnka, Hermína Týrlová and Karel Zeman to the legendary surrealist filmmaker Jan Švankmajer. It will also focus on the present-day animation scene here in the Czech Republic, including FAMU student Daria Kascheeva, who received a student Oscar for her animated short.