Merry Christmas from the Octopuses!

children

Typology

feature

Czech title

Veselé vánoce přejí chobotnice

Runtime

92

Country

Czechoslovakia, Federal Republic of Germany

Copyright

1986

Production year

1986

Premiere

01.11.1987

Language version

Czech

Director

Jindřich Polák

Screenplay

Ota Hofman, Jindřich Polák

Screenstory

Ota Hofman, Jindřich Polák

Summary

Director Jindřich Polák and screenwriter Otta Hofman filmed this sequel to the family comedy Chobotnice z II. patra (The Octopuses from the Second Floor, 1986) in the same year as the original was made. Veselé Vánoce přejí chobotnice (Merry Christmas from the Octopuses!) continues the story of young siblings Eva and Honzík Holanový and their amazing little “octopus” friends Modrá and Zelená (Blue and Green). These creatures are made from a strange substance found by the sea, which has come to life. This time, the creatures help to try to prevent the divorce of the Holan parents. Though they cause a good deal of trouble, they ultimately help to save the marriage of the truck driver husband and his National Theatre-based opera singer wife. This light-hearted tale sees Žaneta Fuchsová and Milan Šimáček in the children’s roles. Dagmar Veškrnová and Pavel Zedníček play the parents. Zelená is voiced by Jiřina Bohdalová, who in 1983 also voiced the green figure Ferda in Polák’s “Lucie” stories: Lucie, postrach ulice (Lucy, Terror of the Street, 1980) and …a zase ta Lucie (Lucy Again!, 1983).

Synopsis

Eva and Honzík Holans spend the end of their summer holidays in the countryside. The octopuses Blue and Green, modelled by the two children from revived matter found by the sea, read newspapers and books by "sucking out" the alphabets. Professor George and his assistants offer the children a lift home to Prague. They ask them about the lost matter, but the children deny everything. Their parents are just about to divorce and mum Andrea insists on dividing the property in half. The octopuses take everything literally and the home furnishings, cut in half by a laser, begin to fall apart. The father Holan moves out to a caravan in the backyard. The mother Andrea, a choir singer in the National Theatre, is driven home after a performance by the Master - an aging opera singer. He imagines some philandering but Andrea only wants to provoke her husband's jealousy. The disappointed seducer leaves. The octopuses want to destroy the reasons for the home quarrels - Andrea's singing and Holan's truck business trips abroad. They tear down the wall between the windows and throw the piano out into the Lesser Town's Devil's Stream. They also delete the data from the father's passport by "reading" them. But this even worsens the situation. The wrangling husband and wife suspect each other of bloody-mindedness. The octopuses intrude in the theatre and not only shock the Master as the Water Sprite during a performance of Dvořák's opera Undine, but also the actress playing the title part of Undine. The fainted soloist is successfully replaced by Andrea. Holan is not allowed to cross the border with the invalid passport. It is snowing in Prague. The children are angry at the octopuses because of all the damage they have caused by their eagerness. Everything is discretely repaired by the father. Pupils at school rehearse for a Christmas Party. The Professor's assistant Andreadis is again searching for the live matter in Prague. The octopuses hide from him, thus spoiling Honzík's planned magic performance. The two children receive gifts from their father on Christmas Eve. Holan bought Andrea an upright piano. The woman is, however, still angry at him and so they are only three at the Christmas table while the dad is left alone with the teacher in a pub. When Andrea falls asleep, the octopuses secretly move the piano to the flat and the children wake their mummy up by a four-handed playing of a Christmas carol. The parents reconcile and the divorce is canceled. Holan drives Andrea, the children and the hidden octopuses in his truck, taking them for a trip to the sea. Andreadis pursues them secretly. The family trip is halted by an urgent commission. In a reloading area, the towing vehicle with the children inside suddenly starts moving. It is driven by the octopuses escaping from Andreadis. The vehicle crashes and catches on fire. Eva uses the fire extinguisher and the foam turns the octopuses into the original matter. The children model it into birds and the two creatures fly away.

Note

This is the second feature film edited by the film makers out of the four-sequel TV series, originally shot as a foreign order. Merry Christmas from the Octopuses! is the second sequel of the film The Octopuses from the Second Floor. Sometimes the German distribution title is also used: Fröhliche Weihnachten wünschen die Kraken. The separate prts of the series have the following titles: 1. The Project IV, 2. Alarmstufe blau-grün (Flashes of Lightning above the Devil´s Stream), 3. Das süsse Salz (Half-and-half), 4. Die Tintenfische wünschen frohe Weihnachten (Merry Christmas Wish You the Green and the Blue).

Cast

Dagmar Veškrnová

sboristka ND Andrea Holanová

Pavel Zedníček

řidič Honza Holan

Žaneta Fuchsová

Eva, dcera Holanových

Milan Šimáček

Honzík, syn Holanových

Vlastimil Brodský

děda Holan

Miroslav Macháček

profesor George

Jan Kanyza

asistent Pierre

Boris Rösner

asistent Andreadis

Jaroslava Kretschmerová

Jiřina, Andreina kolegyně

Kateřina Lojdová

laborantka Eliška

Markéta Krbušková

laborantka Karin

Jiří Kodet

řidič Rudla Fára, Honzův kolega

Jan Přeučil

inženýr Lanc

Vladimír Kratina

sochař-keramik Mertlík

Oldřich Vlach

hospodský Fejfar

Laďka Kozderková

manželka v lóži

Vlastimil Bedrna

manžel v lóži

Jaroslav Moučka

soused Nekvasil

Božena Fixová

sousedka Nekvasilová

Jitka Asterová

Bohunka, Mertlíkova přítelkyně

Vilma Cibulková

technička Irena

Markéta Fišerová

technička Hanka

Jiří Havel

počítačový technik Kraus

Miloslav Štibich

závozník Beránek

Přemysl Kočí

operní pěvec, představitel Vodníka

Karel Mašek

Princ v opeře

Renata Mašková

Rusalka v opeře

Hana Nachtmanová

Kněžna v opeře

Martin Otava

kajakář Karel

Petr Bednář

kajakář Vašek

Rudolf Horák

ředitel školy

Valentina Thielová

učitelka Straková

Jaroslav Mareš

učitel Blažek

Daniela Bartáková

učitelka Jouzová

Angelo Michajlov

technik Jedlička

Václav Kopta

klavírista Jarda

Miloslava Ebrová

Bobina

Petr Brukner

dispečer

Jaroslava Tichá

kuchařka ve škole

Vladimír Linka

inspicient

Josef Burda

kritik

Luděk Nešleha

režisér vánoční besídky Doubrava

Pavel Vangeli

operní režisér

Jaroslav Vozáb

průvodce

Ludvík Pozník

školník

Jan Kuželka

tlustý soused

Lena Birková

úřednice soudu

Nina Divíšková

sousedka Veselá

Jan Strupek

David, Evin kamarád

Miloš Antfeist

balet

Martin Beran

balet

Helena Hájková

balet

Eva Hnátková

balet

Marigula Karastathi

balet

Bohumil Klika

balet

Bohumír Nekut

balet

Olga Nekutová

balet

Jiří Němeček ml. (tanec)

balet

Tomáš Němeček

balet

Milada Němečková

balet

Jarmila Novotná (tanec)

balet

Dagmar Tomsová

balet

Jiří Trojan

balet

Jitka Trojanová

balet

Josef Vrabec

balet

Miloslav Arbeit

člen opery

Hana Beranová

členka opery

Stanislav Bronec

člen opery

Štěpán Buršík

člen opery

Zdenka Černá (opera)

členka opery

Věra Havlová

členka opery

Milada Horáková

členka opery

Hana Hronová

členka opery

Antonín Hudi

člen opery

Dalibor Janota

člen opery

Soňa Janotová

členka opery

František Křupala

člen opery

Kateřina Kudlíková

členka opery

Miroslav Mareš

člen opery

Jiří Merta

člen opery

Stanislava Moravová

členka opery

Blanka Nyklová

členka opery

Jarmila Pávová

členka opery

Jiří Přibyl

člen opery

Ivana Ročková

členka opery

Jaroslav Šefrna

člen opery

Jan Šváb

člen opery

Jana Urbanová

členka opery

Miroslav Vácha

člen opery

Josef Vích

člen opery

Helena Zachatová

členka opery

Josef Života

člen opery

Vladimír Dvořák

divák opery

Jaroslav Tomsa

dubl za Pavla Zedníčka

Commentary

Dubbing

František Filipovský

hlas Modrého

Jiřina Bohdalová

hlas Zelené

Crew and creators

Second Unit Director

Jiří Ostrý

Assistant Director

Petr Hartl

Script Supervisor

Pavla Marková

Shooting Script

Jindřich Polák

Camera

Emil Sirotek, Jiří Vojta (animace)

Second Unit Photography

F. A. Brabec

Camera Operator

Ivan Šimůnek, Jiří Krejčík, Michal Vlček, Milan Kopecký

Production Designer

Jindřich Goetz, Květoslav Bubeník (divadelní scéna)

Assistent Production Designer

Petr Pištěk, Jan Zázvorka ml.

Art Director

Jiří Vojta (animace)

Set Designer

Bedřich Čermák (vedoucí výpravy), Rudolf Beneš, Jaroslav Lehman, Stanislav Rovný

Costume Designer

Šárka Hejnová

Costumes

Ludmila Ondráčková (vedoucí kostymérka), Iva Bártová, Dana Chaloupková, J. Kolomazníková

Film Editor

Dalibor Lipský

Assistant Film Editor

Erika Vojáčková, Ruth Kubalíková

Sound Designer

Karel Jaroš

Production Manager

Jan Šuster, Jaroslav Bouček

Unit Production Manager

Pavel Nový, Jan Peterka

Unit Production Manager

Emil Sirotek ml.

Cooperation

Jana Jiříčková (klapka), Michaela Kopřivová (klapka), František Remeš (vrchní osvětlovač), Jan Kuděla (fotograf), Filmové laboratoře Barrandov

Music

Music Composed by

Angelo Michajlov

Selected Music

Antonín Dvořák (Rusalka /Květiny bílé po cestě/), Antonín Dvořák (Rusalka /Ubohá Rusalko bledá/), Antonín Dvořák (Rusalka /Polonéza/), Ludwig van Beethoven (Symfonie č.5 c moll /Osudová/)

Music Performed by

FISYO, Orchestr Václava Kozla, Orchestr Bavorského rozhlasu, Pěvecký sbor Čs. rozhlasu, Linha Singers

Music Conducted by

Mario Klemens (FISYO), Libor Pešek (Orchestr Bavorského rozhlasu), Libor Pešek (Pěvecký sbor Čs. rozhlasu)

Songs

Rusalka, Melodie beze slov, Tichá noc /Stille Nacht, heilige Nacht/, Nesem vám noviny

Songwriter

Antonín Dvořák (Rusalka), Franz Xaver Gruber (Tichá noc /Stille Nacht, heilige Nacht/)

Writer of Lyrics

Jaroslav Kvapil (Rusalka)

Singer

Dagmar Veškrnová-Havlová [dab] (Rusalka), Gabriela Beňačková (Rusalka), Přemysl Kočí [dab] (Rusalka), Ondrej Malachovský (Rusalka), Renata Mašková [dab] (Rusalka), Gabriela Beňačková (Rusalka), Linha Singers (Melodie beze slov)

Production info

Original Title

Veselé vánoce přejí chobotnice

English Title

Merry Christmas from the Octopuses!

Working Title

Chobotnice II.

Parallel Title

Die Tintenfische wünschen frohe Weihnachten / Fröhliche Weihnachten wünschen die Kraken

Copyright

1986

Production Year

1986

Premiere

01.11.1987

Creative Group

4. dramaturgicko-výrobní skupina, Marcela Pittermannová

Technical info

Format

Betacam

Versions

Czech

Awards

Vítěz

Exhibition: 19. národní přehlídka filmů pro děti Ostrov

1987
Ostrov nad Ohří / Czechoslovakia
Žaneta Fuchsová

Vítěz

Festival: 27. festival filmů pro děti Gottwaldov

1987
Zlín / Czechoslovakia
Jiří Vojta

Vítěz

Festival: 27. festival filmů pro děti Gottwaldov

1987
Zlín / Czechoslovakia
Seishi Katto

Vítěz

Exhibition: 19. národní přehlídka filmů pro děti Ostrov

1987
Ostrov nad Ohří / Czechoslovakia
Pavel Zedníček