Mr Tau will Arrange it

Country

Czechoslovakia, Federal Republic of Germany, Austria

Copyright

1972

Production year

1971

Premiere

14 April 1972

Runtime

33 min

Category

film

Genre

children

Typology

featuretheatrical distributionmedium

Original title

Pan Tau to zařídí

Czech title

Pan Tau to zařídí

English title

Mr Tau will Arrange it

Parallel title

Pan Tau packt die Koffer

Synopsis

A motorcade of limousines drives up to Mr Viola's castle, bringing members of the board of directors of a firm who are listening to an antique music machine with a little bird, the last very successful product of Viola's company. The important question of increasing production is to be discussed. Viola's grand-daughter Claudie in Red Indian costume attacks the interlopers with arrows and firework squibs. The valet and maid supply her with ammunition. Viola refuses to negotiate with the board of directors and prefers to play marbles with Claudie - they have holes drilled into the parquet flooring. When flying a kite in the park Viola tells his granddaughter about his childhood dream - a trip round the world. It occurs to him that he could now fulfil this dream. At a travel agency, he orders a sumptuous trip by boat and plane, and even specifies how many polar bears should be in the Arctic Circle and how many camels in the desert. He requires that his own bed should be taken with him everywhere. Claudie doesn't like her grandfather's plan, and would prefer just to wander free, hitch-hiking and even perhaps sleeping in a haystack. Mr Viola secretly changes his order and the agency is instructed to arrange a "tramp" trip in accordance with Claudie's ideas. Mr Tau appears and without a word promises to arrange everything, but in the morning Viola and Claudie do not get into the vehicle prepared by Mr Tau, but into an ox cart that happens to be passing. The adventure begins.

Note

The tale was presented as part of the compilation Mr Tau and a Trip around the World together with the tales Mr Tau in the Circus and Mr Tau and a Trip around the World.

The first (I.) series of thirteen medium-length films about Mr Tau was created in the years 1969–1972. It was first launched in cinemas, in series composed of two parts and accompanied by a cartoon movie (1. Mr Tau Arrives, 2. Mr Tau Gives Presents, 3. Mr Tau at the Mountains, 4. Mr Tau and Sunday, 5. Mr Tau Goes to School, 6. Mr Tau and Cold!, 7. Mr Tau and Claudia, 8. Mr Tau Will Handle It, 9. Mr Tau and Trip around the World, 10. Mr Tau in Circus, 11. Mr Tau and the Taxi Driver, 12. Mr Tau Wanted, 13. Mr Tau and a Thousand Miracles). In the Czechoslovak Television, the series was first introduced in December 1972. Due to its success, another thirteen parts (II.) were filmed in 1973–1975, this time intended exclusively for television (1. Mr Tau Returns, 2. Mr Tau and Robinson, 3. Mr Tau and Too Big Balloon, 4. Mr Tau and Dog Goaty-Dog, 5. Mr Tau and Family Celebration, 6. Mr Tau Goes to Work, 7. Mr Tau and Five Pears and Three Apples, 8. Mr Tau and Black Umbrella, 9. Mr Tau and Big Dog, 10. Mr Tau and Tree-Frog. 11. Mr Tau and Alladin Lamp, 12. Mr Tau and Golden Suitcase, 13. Mr Tau Leaves). The third (III.) and last (seven-part) series was filmed in the years 1977 and 1978 (1. Alert in the Sky, 2. Elephant Hunt, 3. Night at Safari, 4. Mr Tau and Woman-Magician, 5. Mr Tau at Pioneer Camp, 6. Mr Tau – And Which Is the Right One?, 7. No Magic from Tomorrow). On TV, the third series was introduced as a series in the original form and was edited for the film distribution into two feature films Alert in the Sky and No Magic from Tomorrow. The popular bowlered hero last appeared in the feature film Mr Tau, created by a German-Czechoslovak co-production in 1988.

Cast

Jan Werich

bohatý pan Viola

Veronika Renčová

Claudie, Violova vnučka

Oldřich Musil

rada Müller

Jan Skopeček

vedoucí výzkumu

Milan Neděla

stěhovák

Eduard Dubský

úředník cestovní kanceláře Globus

Jiří Lír

sluha James

Mirko Musil

muž z koncernu

Jan Víšek

muž z koncernu

Ivo Mareš

muž z koncernu

Miloš Vavruška

muž z koncernu

Jana Sedlmajerová

sekretářka

Štěpán Bulejko

úředník cestovní kanceláře Globus

Karel Pavlík

ředitel prodeje

Antonín Soukup

děda s vozem

Ivana Herglotzová

komorná

Marcela Pešinová

služebná

Jiří Kábrt

řidič mercedesu

Karel Zelenka

osobní řidič

Crew and creators

Second Unit Director

Elmar Kloss

Assistant Director

Jiří Potsch, Robert Vacík

Continuity

Pavla Marková

Shooting Script

Jindřich Polák

Director of Photography

Jaroslav Tuzar, Vladimír Malík (loutková část)

Second Unit Photography

Miloš Petrolín

Camera Operator

Stanislav Šťastný

Production Designer

Jiří Hlupý, Miroslav Hrachovec

Art Director

Stanislav Látal (loutková část)

Set Designer

Václav Pošta, Jan Petrů, Jiří Žůček

Costume Designer

Jan Kropáček

Film Editor

Zdeněk Stehlík

Sound Designer

Adolf Böhm

Production Manager

Gustav Rohan

Unit Production Manager

Dana Dudová, Jan Syrový, Martin Baroch

Unit Production Manager

Lucie Hertlová

Cooperation

Dagmar Ševčíková (klapka), Josef Vítek (fotograf)

Music

Music Performed by

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

Production info

Original Title

Pan Tau to zařídí

Czech Title

Pan Tau to zařídí

English Title

Mr Tau will Arrange it

Parallel Title

Pan Tau packt die Koffer

Category

film

Typology

featuretheatrical distribution

Genre

children

Origin country

Czechoslovakia, Federal Republic of Germany, Austria

Copyright

1972

Production Year

1971

Production specifications

start of filming 27 January 1971
end of filming 13 October 1971
projection approval 11 January 1972

Premiere

premiere 14 April 1972 /suitable for youths/ (celostátní)
premiere 20 April 1972 /suitable for youths/ (kino Hvězda, Praha)

Copyright Holders

Česká televize

Creative Group

Dramaturgická skupina Oty Hofmana, Ota Hofman (vedoucí dramaturgické skupiny), Výrobní skupina Ericha Švabíka, Erich Švabík (vedoucí výrobní skupiny)

Technical info

Duration typology

medium length film

Duration in minutes

33 min

Original length in metres

928 meters

Distribution carrier

16mm, 35mm

Aspect ratio

1:1,37

Colour

colour

Sound

sound

Sound system/format

mono

Versions

Czech

Dialogue languages

Czech

Subtitles languages

without subtitles

Opening/End credits languages

Czech