Even children from a civilisation conquered by technology need fairy stories and Mrs Fairytale invites them into her world. A woodcutter goes into the forest with his children, Jeníček and Mařenka. While their father is working the children pick strawberries. However, they wander so deep into the forest that they lose their way back. After a sinister night the children find themselves in front of a cottage made of honey gingerbread. An old hag catches them picking bits of gingerbread off her house. She locks the thin Jeníček in a cage to feed him up and she makes the chubby Mařenka work for her in the kitchen. The children are visited by benign angels in their sleep, however, who give them hope that they will be saved. When the old hag decides to bake them in the oven, Mařenka and Jeníček push her in there instead. The oven explodes and the ugly little old crones who had been dancing attendance on the witch, are transformed into children. Mařenka gives them back their little hearts, enchanted in the gingerbread by the old hag. All are dancing for joy in the field in front of the gingerbread house when, suddenly, Jeníček and Mařenka's grief-stricken parents appear from the forest, overjoyed at having found them at last.
The gingerbread used for the house was supplied by Pulchart, Prague-Libeň. This theme had already been treated in a Czech film under the same title (Dir: Josef Kokeisl, 1927).
The Gingerbread House
22 December 1933