Rumburak

fairytale

Typology

feature

Czech title

Rumburak

Runtime

87

Country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1984

Production year

1984

Premiere

01.07.1985

Language version

Czech

Director

Václav Vorlíček

Screenplay

Miloš Macourek

Screenstory

Miloš Macourek

Summary

Television series Arabela (Arabella, 1979) gave rise to the popular fairytale fiend Rumburak, who in 1984 was afforded his very own feature film. In this comedy fairytale – from the makers of the TV series, namely director Václav Vorlíček and writer Miloš Macourek – the malevolent and inept second-rate wizard finds himself stuck in our modern-day world. For he has forgotten the spell that would return him to his own fairytale land. The lead character’s cheerless half-life in the form of a crow (by night he attains human form) ends when Rumburak is offered a job as a night watchman in a research institute. There, our fairytale wizard gains access to a magical instrument of our age – a computer. Rumburak uses the device to try and generate the forgotten spell. But Rumburak has a competitor, the wicked engineer Zachariáš, who tries (like the wizard) to woo the kind-hearted figure-skater Helenka. In this story, Helenka serves as the new “princess” substituting the real Princess Arabela, whom Rumburak pursued in the television series. But expectations that the wizard will fall under the positive influence of Helenka, and henceforth only do good, turn out to be misguided: Vorlíček and Macourek restore the character’s malevolent nature as seen in the TV series Arabela, or more precisely in the 1993 follow-up television series Rumburak králem Říše pohádek (Rumburak, King of the World of Fairytales, 1993). The protagonist of this beloved series of children’s tales is one of actor Jiří Lábus’s most iconic roles, and enabled him to team up with long-serving comedic partner Oldřich Kaiser (who plays Zachariáš, the enemy of animals). Nimble ice-skater Helenka is played by Eva Jeníčková. Jiří Lábus also appeared in a different Vorlíček film mixing reality and the fairytale world, namely Saxána a Lexikon kouzel (Little Witch on a Broomstick, 2011), a loose sequel to the classic fantasy comedy Dívka na koštěti (The Girl on the Broom, 1971).

Synopsis

A second-category wizard, Rumburak, originating from a fairy-tale realm, gets stuck in the human world because he forgot the magic formula which would return him home. He flies this way and that as a rook during the day and turns into a man at night. He lives with a female rook, Otýlia, in the tower of St Nicholas church in Prague. He is not doing really well. He has only one joy: watching a pretty figure skater, Helenka Trojanová, at an ice-rink every morning. The girl gets used to the bird and comes to call him Ferda. But Ferda has an enemy - an engineer called Zachariᚠwho tries to shoot him and finally hits him one day. The injured bird is taken care of by the nine-year old Vilík Trojan and his father, chairman of the Association for Wildlife Protection. Ferda turns into a human, puts on Trojan's suit and steals a fur coat from Zachariᚠwho is just visiting the Trojans because he is wooing Helenka. On the street, Rumburak is run down by the car of a research institute's director, Knotek, who later employs him as a night warden. The wizard discovers a computer in the research institute and begins to manipulate it in his search for the lost magic formula. His movements cause numerous confusions. These are, moreover, multiplied by Zachariᚠwho does discover the magic formula which helps him turn people into birds and other animals. He also enchants Trojan. A colleague forces Zachariᚠto straighten out everything, which subsequently really happens. Only Zachariᚠis punished, being enchanted into a rook by the computer. The former wizard Rumburak works on the computer with Helenka and has great results. Helenka excells in figure skating, especially because she is daily watched by the rook Ferda - the enchanted Zachariáš.

Note

The movie follows up on the TV series Arabela. Simultaneously with Rumburak, the two-sequel TV version of the movie, entitled Life on a Tower and Computer Sorcery, was filmed.

Cast

Jiří Lábus

čaroděj Rumburak

Jiřina Bohdalová

teta Evženie, učitelka zpěvu

Vlastimil Hašek

ředitel Karel Trojan

Eva Jeníčková

krasobruslařka Helenka, Trojanova dcera

Oldřich Kaiser

inženýr Zachariáš

Lukáš Bech

Vilík Trojan

Michal Ryneš

Jakub, Vilíkův a Helenčin bratr

Jaroslava Obermaierová

učitelka Roupová

Antonín Jedlička

učitel Adam

Ondřej Havelka

učitel Tumlíř

Bronislav Poloczek

vrátný Pechánek

Oldřich Velen

školní inspektor

Vlastimil Zavřel

Ing.Vitvar, Zachariášův kolega

Luděk Kopřiva

majitel kolií

Marie Málková

učitelka Rýdlová

Vlastimil Bedrna

ošetřovatel

Jiří Lír

prodavač ve Zverimexu

Jan Kuželka

prodavač Křepelka

Bohumil Koška

člen výboru

Vladimír Navrátil

člen výboru

Jaroslav Kepka

člen výboru

Milan Mach

moderátor

Zdeněk Ornest

Ing. Terner

Martina Samková

učitelka Pelášková

Jan Gariš

učitel Koutný

Drahomíra Fialková

maminka v zoo

Marta Richterová

majitelka dobrmana

Slávka Hamouzová

uklízečka

Zdeněk Loníček

učitel Blombíček

Marie Štichová

učitelka

Petr Svárovský

asistent režie

Miroslav Zounar

ředitel Knotek

Jan Kraus

taxikář

Lena Birková

žena s micinkou

Jiřina Jelenská

majitelka špice

Olga Navrátilová

známá dámy se špicem

Zuzana Talpová

dáma s dobrmanem

Blanka Lormanová

korpulentní dáma

Karel Fořt

stařík

Jan Žáček

chodec

Michaela Gebertová

sekretářka

Zdeněk Blažek

strávník

Pavel Havránek

strávník

Radovan Versigan

strávník

Milan Bouška

loutkoherec

Vítězslav Kuschmitz

loutkoherec

Jiří Kraus

kaskadér

Zbyněk Krákora

kaskadér

Jaroslav Tomsa

kaskadér

Schejbalová

dubl Jeníčkové

Vlastimila Vlková

zákaznice v bufetu

Commentary

Crew and creators

Second Unit Director

Jaroslav Pour

Assistant Director

Stanislava Hutková, Marie Hejzlarová

Screenstory

Miloš Macourek

Screenplay

Miloš Macourek

Second Unit Photography

Milan Kopecký

Camera Operator

F. A. Brabec

Production Designer

Milan Nejedlý

Set Designer

Ivo Černý, Miloš Osvald, Jiří Rulík

Costume Designer

Theodor Pištěk ml.

Film Editor

Miroslav Hájek

Sound Designer

František Fabián

Production Manager

Jiří Krejčí

Unit Production Manager

Iva Šetková, Nový Pavel (výroba)

Unit Production Manager

Adriena Váchová

Cooperation

Irena Krestová, Magda Hájková, Michael Poledník, Jitka Bylinská

Music

Music Composed by

Angelo Michajlov

Selected Music

Giuseppe Verdi (Rigoletto /Ó, jak je měnivé/)

Music Performed by

FISYO

Music Conducted by

Štěpán Koníček (FISYO)

Production info

Original Title

Rumburak

English Title

Rumburak

Copyright

1984

Production Year

1984

Premiere

01.07.1985

Creative Group

Stanislav Rudolf

Technical info

Format

Betacam, DVD

Versions

Czech