by Ingrid Robeyns on December 23, 2023

Little mole giving water to his flowersI was walking with my teenage son in a large shop the other day, and we passed by the children’s section. I saw a duvet cover that so much reminded me of Kretk – or, in English translation, the Little Mole. We were recalling which of the Kretk films that we saw we liked most – but basically, we liked almost all of them. Thinking of the Little Mole brought back happy memories.

Krtek is a series of animations that have been made by Zdenek Miler in the 1950s and 1960 in Czechoslovakia. It has a very interesting artistic signature: not only the pleasing and colourful visual arts, and the typical light, cheerful and romantic music that would come with it; lots of anti-modernist themes (such as in this one that I just found on YouTube where the little mole tries to stop the damage a bulldozer will do to its flowers); and, of course, animals that are all humanized, as they are in many movies for children. Not all animals are nice, by the way; one of my favourite Krtek movies is one where there are large animals (wolves?) who are a danger to the other animals, and by painting themselves and standing on each other’s shoulders (and thus pretending to be huge, much more dangerous monsters themselves), they are able to chase away the wolves. (NB – I have this from my memory from watching this a pretty long time ago, so not 100% reliable!).

With for many of our readers the holiday season before the door, I just wanted to share this with those of you who have never heard of the Little Mole. If you have small children, I bet they (and perhaps you too) might like to see some of it, tucked away under a blanket on the couch. Happy holidays!



hix 12.23.23 at 1:09 pm

I do not have many concrete memories of seeing him as a child, so I must have seen many quite a bit during Sendung mit der Maus. Could not escape him during my study term in Czechia, however. More plush krteks than Mickey Mouse there.

Among some groups, Krtek fatigue might be a real thing. I disagree, there cannot be enough screenings of Krtek for intercultural exchange purposes, no matter which age group is targeted.
The hunter in love is a good addition, however
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Ingrid Robeyns 12.23.23 at 3:12 pm

Hix – I’ve had fatigue of several other children’s movies (even of other Czech animations), but never of Krtek! :)


Michael Roberts 12.27.23 at 1:43 am

A staple of my wife’s childhood in Hungary, where he’s the Kisvakond.


novakant 12.28.23 at 9:39 pm

Thanks, Ingrid. I remember the little mole very well.

Also, vaguely some other Czech animation and Lolek and Bolek from Poland.

Happy Holidays!


Ingrid Robeyns 12.29.23 at 12:38 pm

Interesting, I’ve never seen Lolek and Bolek. Roughly the same time period as Krtek.

The other main Czech animation that we watched in my household has been ‘Pat a Mat’, but while the boys loved it… it’s not my kind of humour… :)


hix 12.29.23 at 5:19 pm

Ah, right, Pat & Mat was the suggested alternative the Czech guy had after his long anti Krtek rant :-).

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