Mr Tau and Cold!

Country

Czechoslovakia, Federal Republic of Germany, Austria

Copyright

1969

Production year

1969

Premiere

30 April 1971

Runtime

37 min

Category

film

Genre

children

Typology

featuretheatrical distributionmedium

Original title

Pan Tau a samá voda

Czech title

Pan Tau a samá voda

English title

Mr Tau and Cold!

Parallel title

Pan Tau und lauter Wasser

Working title

Pan Tau na vodě / Pan Tau I

Synopsis

Five-year old Kája likes to play most anywhere where water is. And just as his mother dresses him into clean clothes, he is already dirty and his mum has to wash all the time. One day, mummy punishes Kája for his mischiefs and the boy thus decides to run away from home - he takes advantage of mother's momentary distraction and there he is, gone. But it soon begins to rain and the boy hides in the booth by the rafting-yard. There, he discovers Mr Tau, drenched with rain, who has the ability to change into a small man and vice versa with a help of a magic bowler hat. Besides that, he can do a lot of other magic. He wants to help Kája, but his bowler shrank in the rain and lost its effect. He sets off with the boy to take him home, but Kája does not know the address and, moreover, all houses in the housing quarters look the same. In the docks, they board the Nautilus steamboat and go for a trip. The captain of the steamboat calls for the police, which pursues them. But Mr Tau swirls his bowler, which has begun working and can do magic again. The steamboat disappears in the waves, transforms into a sailing boat and sails through the city, landing right under the windows of the flat where little Kája lives.

Note

The film was distributed to Czech cinemas as part of the series Mr Tau Goes to School along with the feature film of the same title and the cartoon film Puzzle (directed by Zdeněk Seydl and Ludvík Kadleček). For more information about the series, see the note to the movie Mr Tau and Claudia.

Cast

Jaromír Kozák

Kája

Bedřich Šetena

tatínek Karel

Beda Lak

kapitán parníku „Nautilus“

Ivo Niederle

velitel policistů

Stanislav Hájek

dopravní strážník

David Schneider

chlapec námořník

Crew and creators

Second Unit Director

Vladimír Zelenka

Assistant Director

Marta Křesinová, Vilém Kijonka, Pavla Marková

Director of Photography

Jaroslav Tuzar, Vladimír Malík (loutková část)

Second Unit Photography

Miloš Petrolín

Camera Operator

Jiří Knotek

Production Designer

Jiří Hlupý, Miroslav Hrachovec

Art Director

Stanislava Procházková (loutková část)

Set Designer

Jan Petrů, Václav Pošta, Augustin Valko

Costume Designer

Jan Kropáček

Sound Designer

Jaromír Svoboda

Production Manager

Gustav Rohan

Unit Production Manager

Martin Baroch, Jan Syrový, Karel Prchal

Unit Production Manager

Lucie Hertlová

Cooperation

Zorka Chrastinová, Růžena Hejsková, Helena Lehovcová

Music

Music Performed by

FISYO (Music Conducted by František Belfín), Orchestr Karla Vlacha

Choreographer

Bedřich Füsseger

Production info

Original Title

Pan Tau a samá voda

Czech Title

Pan Tau a samá voda

English Title

Mr Tau and Cold!

Parallel Title

Pan Tau und lauter Wasser

Working Title

Pan Tau na vodě / Pan Tau I

Category

film

Typology

featuretheatrical distribution

Genre

children

Origin country

Czechoslovakia, Federal Republic of Germany, Austria

Copyright

1969

Production Year

1969

Production specifications

start of filming 1 April 1969
projection approval 29 December 1969
end of filming 30 December 1969

Premiere

premiere 30 April 1971

Copyright Holders

Česká televize

Creative Group

Tvůrčí skupina Švabík – Hofman, Ota Hofman (vedoucí dramaturg tvůrčí skupiny), Erich Švabík (vedoucí výroby tvůrčí skupiny)

Technical info

Duration typology

medium length film

Duration in minutes

37 min

Original length in metres

1 045 meters

Distribution carrier

35mm

Versions

Czech

Awards

Vítěz

Exhibition: 22. přehlídka filmů pro děti a mládež Benátky

1970
Benátky / Italy