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100 years since the birth of Zdeněk Miler

The Embassy of the Czech Republic in Ulaanbaatar, in cooperation with the Mongolian National Broadcaster, MNB, presented three episodes of the popular children's series The Mole on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the birth of the Czech director and animated filmmaker Zdenek Miler.


Zdeněk Miler, the author of this well-known and very popular series by children, was born on February 21, 1921 in Kladno. He began his artistic activity in the Zlín film studios, from where in 1945 he went to work in the Barrandov studio "Brothers in a T-shirt", where he created under the direction of Jiří Trnka. His first solo work was the animated story "About a millionaire who stole the sun", based on a theme from the work of Jiří Wolker. The Barrandov film studio's later logo, three curly little boys in navy T-shirts, was also his work.

Zdeněk Miler became most famous for the animated series "The Mole", which gradually gained great popularity. There are currently 49 episodes of the "Mole" series that children are still interested in. It is interesting that this animated series is not spoken, with the exception of the first part entitled "How the mole came to the panties". Krteček and his little friends only make sounds and interjections, which were actually the voice recordings of Miler's two little daughters, Kateřina and Barbora. Zdeněk Miler also expanded his rich artistic activity with illustrations of children's books. He illustrated, among other things, Petišek's "Grandfather´s Fairytale".

Before 1989, the series "The Mole" was often broadcasted on Mongolian televisions, and generations of the 1960s and 1980s living in both Mongolia and the Czech Republic remember this animated series well. On the occasion of the 100th anniversary of Zdeněk Miler's birth, the Embassy of the Czech Republic in Mongolia, in cooperation with the Mongolian National Broadcaster, MNB, will gradually present three episodes: The Mole and the Toy Car (from 1963), The Mole by the Gardener (1969) and The Mole and the Snowman (1997).