Little Mole - Czech phenomenon
In 1956, the Little Mole character was born, and it soon became famous, both in Czechoslovakia and abroad. Author, major Czech artist Zdeněk Miler, received many international film awards; in 2006, he was awarded the Medal of Merit, First Class.
Little Mole first appeared in a cartoon in 1956 purely by accident. Zdeněk Miler was thinking about a suitable, as yet undiscovered animal hero for a story about the making of a linen shirt and while out for walk tripped over a molehill... The first film, “Jak krtek ke kalhotkám přišel” (“How the Mole Got His Trousers”), was a huge success, winning the main Golden Lion price at the Venice Film Festival. Over the course of 40 years more than 50 animated films have appeared with Little Mole in the leading role. Little Mole Krtek never sulks, is always helpful and friendly, and is easy to understand without words, all of which have made him popular around the world. In May 2011 he even went into space with the American astronaut Andrew Feustel on the space shuttle Endeavour. Little Mole is the hero of more than 60 books published in many reissues, and his stories have been translated into 30 languages. He has sold millions of books and films – more than two million in the Czech Republic alone.
Countless merchandising products, froma stuffed animals to clothes, have been created for all titles.