Zdeněk Miler, author of Krteček, dies aged 90

Zdeněk Miler, the creator of the famous Czech cartoon character Krteček, or Little Mole, died in a sanatorium outside Prague on Wednesday at the age of 90, the news website idnes.cz reported. Zdeňek Miler authored more than 70 animated short films during his long career, most of them featuring the popular character of the Little Mole. A native of Kladno, central Bohemia, Zdeněk Miler attended Prague’s Academy of Arts, Architecture and Design before joining the Baťa shoe company in Zlín in 1941. He made his first film in 1948; the iconic Krteček first appeared in his 1957 short entitled How the Little Mole Got His Trousers.

Author: Jan Richter