Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Myyra - Krtek - Zdenek Miler

the sender writes that this is 'Myyra' (a mole)
Czech Animation by Zdenek Miler

postmarked in 2009 with a Finland Moomin stamp

I found the name of the character is Krtek

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The Mole (called Krtek or Krteček little mole) is an animated character in a series of cartoons, created by Czech animator Zdeněk Miler.
It was first to be seen in 1956 in Prague, when Miler wanted to create a children's cartoon about how flax is processed. He wanted a strong Disney-influence to the cartoon by choosing an animal for the leading role, and decided to pick a mole after stumbling over a molehill during a walk. The first film called "Jak krtek ke kalhotkám přišel" ("How the mole got his pants") was released in 1956, and the cute main character won itself an enormous popularity in many Eastern European countries. Production for further episodes started in 1963 and since then, around 50 episodes have been created.

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