The Hour of Blue Elephants

children

Typology

feature

Czech title

Hodina modrých slonů

Runtime

69

Country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1971

Production year

1971

Premiere

15.10.1971

Language version

Czech

Director

Radim Cvrček, Zdeněk Rozkopal

Screenplay

Ota Hofman

Summary

Screenwriter Ota Hofman adapted his own novel to create this 1971 children’s film, directed by Radim Cvrček and Zdeněk Rozkopal (the latter being an architect and set designer by profession). The modern fairytale takes place just before Christmas and features a Prior department store in Bratislava in one of its “leading roles”. The main protagonists of the film are preschool friends Tomáš and Zuzana who inadvertently cause the postponement of Christmas at a fairground shooting gallery. After being distracted by the girl, the boy shoots the eponymous blue elephant, which is also the harbinger of the holiday of peace and goodwill, in the eye instead of the trunk. In order to put things right the children must obtain a new eye in the department store where they experience a range of adventures… Starring in the adult roles are Josef Hlinomaz (shooting gallery owner), Miloslav Šulc (grandpa Bertoldi) and Karel Štědrý (storekeeper Halala).

Synopsis

Two days before Christmas. Zuzanka and Tomáš, friends from a kindergarten wander off during a walk. They admire toys and decoration in shop-windows. Zuzanka shall receive a sledge as a Christmas present and Tomáš even a desired little brother. At a shooting gallery Tomáš aims at a target on the trunk of a blue elephant which can call in Christmas. The impatient Zuzanka pushes to her friend and he shoots directly to the elephant's red eye. Things which the owner of the shooting gallery warned about happened: the sun popped on the sky, the snow melted and all Christmas shopping has stopped. Both pushful children decide to get a new eye for the elephant so that everything can be set right. In a department store they take a paternoster up to the warehouse of toys to the fairytale star. The warehouseman Halala tries to help them in vain. In the meantime they are chased by Tomáš's grandpa, the magician Bertoldi, who was supposed to baby-sit the grandchild before his mother comes back from hospital. Tomáš and Zuzanka experience still a lot of adventure - they meet for instance their future siblings before they are advised by blue elephants on the Christmas island that Zuzanka's red button on her shirt is exactly what they are looking for. The grandpa takes both refugees to the shooting gallery and the elephant gets his eye back. The grandpa hits the target exactly and this starts the Christmas just on time.

Cast

Barbora Pirnerová

Zuzanka

Tomáš Muchka

Tomáš

Míla Šulc

kouzelník Bertoldi, Tomášův dědeček

Karel Štědrý

skladník Halala

Josef Hlinomaz

majitel střelnice

Jan Rosák

voják

Andrea Čunderlíková

vojákova dívka

Oľga Šalagová

Zuzančina matka

Ladislav Trojan

Zuzančin otec

Katka Zatovičová

Ivanka, Tomášova sestra

Juraj Horn

Jirka, Zuzančin bratr

Marián Labuda

prodavač vánočních stromků

M. Seidler

příslušník dětské policie

P. Švejda

příslušník dětské policie

Dubbing

Jiří Sovák

hlas Bertoldiho

Antonín Jedlička

hlas papouška

Jiřina Bohdalová

hlas malého slona

Bohuslav Kupšovský

hlas velkého slona

Crew and creators

Second Unit Director

Júlia Gregorová

Assistant Director

Ivan Frič, Anna Pokorná

Based on

Ota Hofman (Hodina modrých slonů – kniha)

Screenplay

Ota Hofman

Script Editor

Milan Šimek, Ján Beer

Second Unit Photography

Ivan Puťora

Camera Operator

Jozef Košťál, Vladimír Reichbauer

Production Designer

Ivan Kot

Set Designer

Josef Calta, Ivo Jokl

Film Editor

Zdeněk Stehlík

Sound Designer

Pavel Jelínek, Bohumír Brunclík (zvukové efekty)

Production Manager

Ladislav Ondreička, Václav Rouha

Unit Production Manager

Gejza Nagy, Julius Novák, Zdeňka Černá, Blažej Vráb

Unit Production Manager

Eva Charvátová

Cooperation

Stanislav Říha, Bohumil Sobotka, Jaromír Franta, Jaroslav Vidlař, Darina Passerinová

Music

Music Composed by

Harry Macourek

Music Performed by

FISYO, Orchestr Karla Vlacha

Music Conducted by

Štěpán Koníček (FISYO), Štěpán Koníček (Orchestr Karla Vlacha)

Songwriter

Harry Macourek

Writer of Lyrics

Hana Čiháková

Singer

dětský sbor, Karel Štědrý

Production info

Original Title

Hodina modrých slonů

English Title

The Hour of Blue Elephants

Parallel Title

Hodina modrých slonov

Copyright

1971

Production Year

1971

Premiere

15.10.1971

Creative Group

Ota Hofman, Ján Beer

Technical info

Format

Betacam

Versions

Czech

Awards

Vítěz

Festival: 12. festival filmů pro děti a mládež Gottwaldov

1972
Zlín / Czechoslovakia

Vítěz

Event: 9. mezinárodní soutěž filmů pro děti Gijón

1971
Gijón / Spain