It is Christmas day. Mr Tau sneaks into the flat of the boy Emil, which is also inhabited by Emil's friend, a dog. The man in the bowler hat moves around the whole flat surprisingly unseen although there is a hectic rush all around. Mother is baking the Christmas sweets, grandfather is building the Christmas crib, Emil's sister Renáta is cleaning and the father is gathering courage to kill the carp. Emil, playing with the fish, splashes water on the whole bathroom and, by way of punishment, is locked into the pantry. He is thus much pleased to meet Mr Tau who, with the help of his magic bowler, can change from a small puppet to an adult man. Mr Tau tries to help everybody secretly, but, being unacquainted with the situation, makes everything even worse. He shocks the grandfather who misses two little sheep for the Christmas crib, by conjuring up two live sheep in the midst of the living room. Then Emil wants to save the carp, Mr Tau complies with his wish and endows the fish with the ability to speak. The father almost turns nuts when the carp, calling himself Albertek, begins to beg for his life. Daddy thus begins to decorate the Christmas tree instead which, however, starts to grow until its top breaks through the ceiling to the flat of Renáta's beloved Petr. Mummy is utterly desperate - the Christmas sweets were in part eaten by the dog and the rest burnt to cinders. It seems that the whole evening will end up in catastrophe but Mr Tau again uses his magic and everything is as it is supposed to be. The festive Christmas dinner is prepared and the tree shines. Renáta is allowed to visit Petr and everybody, dressed for the occasion, can finally enjoy Christmas. At midnight, they together carry Albertek to the river and the father frees the carp.
The film was distributed to Czech cinemas as part of the series Mr Tau Arrives along with the feature film of the same title and a cartoon puppet film What Blew Up? (directed by Břetislav Pojar and Miroslav Štěpánek). For more information about the series, see the note to the movie Mr Tau and Claudia.
Vilém Kijonka, Pavla Marková
Stanislav Látal (loutková část)
Václav Pošta, Jan Petrů, Jiří Žůček
Jan Syrový, Karel Prchal, Martin Baroch
Růžena Hejsková, Zorka Chrastinová
Tichá noc /Stille Nacht, heilige Nacht/
Franz Xaver Gruber (Tichá noc /Stille Nacht, heilige Nacht/)
Vokální soubor Lubomíra Pánka (Tichá noc /Stille Nacht, heilige Nacht/)
Pan Tau naděluje
Mr Tau Gives Presents
Pan Tau und die schöne Bescherung
Czechoslovakia, Federal Republic of Germany, Austria
Exhibition: 11. celostátní přehlídka československých filmů pro děti Gottwaldov
Zlín / Czechoslovakia