Stop Mewling, Squirrel!

children

Typology

feature

Czech title

Nefňukej, veverko!

Runtime

70

Country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1988

Production year

1988

Premiere

01.10.1988

Language version

Czech

Director

Věra Plívová-Šimková

Screenplay

Věra Plívová-Šimková

Screenstory

Věra Plívová-Šimková

Summary

Věra Plívová-Šimková, the renowned director and screenwriter of children’s films, in 1988 widened her filmography with this tale shot in an idyllic village at the foot of alluring mountains. Nefňukej, veverko! (Stop Mewling, Squirrel!) was shot with the assistance of colleague Drahomíra Králová. Five-year-old Kačka lives in the aforesaid village, which her vivid imagination is populated with fairytale princesses. She longs for a sister but her mother has given birth to twin boys. The whole family revolves around little Petr and Pavel, but Kačka refuses to accept them. She starts to act up, making life miserable both for her parents and herself. But finally, she manages to make her peace and truly begins to treat her little brothers as part of the family. Helena Vítovská stars as Kačka, both in this film and its sequel, Veverka a kouzelná mušle (Squirrel and the Magic Shell, 1988).

Synopsis

The Znamínek family, who live in a beautiful submontane village, are expecting a child. Mum and dad would like to have a boy but their five-year old daughter Kačka is looking forward to a little sister. Kačka is a perceptive child with a colourful imagination. Her games are influenced by the fairy tales told to her by her mum. The family brings two boys - twins - from the maternity hospital. The mum does not know what to do first and she thus cannot tend to Kačka as before. Kačka fools herself into thinking that the parents do not love her any more because she is not their "real" daughter. Her disappointment leads her to ill-considered conduct: she does not want to help mum, drinks up the brothers' puree, hides their bath towels and vests under a wardrobe, runs away with a spread which should protect her brothers from insects and bees and even kidnaps one boy and takes him to the forest in a doll's pram. As a punishment, she must kneel on peas several times. The parents eventually place her in a kindergarten. The girl runs away and at dark, arrives at her grandparents who live in a distant village. The kind-hearted grandmother and granddad convince her that she is wrong. Kačka, pacified, then leaves home with her father. She takes a liking to her little brothers and begins cherishing them lovingly.

Note

Second part was filmed by director Věra Plívová-Šimková under the title Squirrel and Magic Shell.

Film online

Cast

Helena Vitovská

Kačka Znamínková

Jiří Schmitzer

Tomáš Znamínko, otec Kačky

Veronika Freimanová

Marie, maminka Kačky

Marie Rosůlková

Pralinka, Kaččina prababička

Libuše Havelková

babička, Tomášova matka

Lubor Tokoš

děda, Tomášův otec

Magda Reifová

učitelka Zuzana

Tereza Vokurková

Monča Hloušková, Kaččina kamarádka

Kateřina Lírová

matka Monči

Ondřej Havelka

otec Monči

Jan Kalous

Jožan, Kaččin starší kamarád

Hugo Lutovský

prodavač balónků

Milena Šajdková

Priščáková

Josef Hruška

včelař Sochor

Michaela Bendová

Sochorova žena, sousedka Znamínkových

Dan Kryštof

Pavel zvaný Pól, Kaččin bratr

Adam Kryštof

Péťa, Kaččin bratr

Viktorie Knotková

bába v lese

Šárka Ullrichová

dívka u kočárku

Dubbing

Jan Hraběta

hlas včelaře

Miriam Kantorková

hlas báby

Crew and creators

Second Unit Director

Drahomíra Králová

Assistant Director

Jan Křížek, František Nejedlý, Magda Vodičková, Lucie Minaříková

Second Unit Photography

Jiří Krejčík (kamera)

Camera Operator

Milan Kopecký

Production Designer

Miloš Červinka

Set Designer

Kamil Busch, Ondřej Nerud, Richard Staněk

Costume Designer

Marta Kaplerová

Film Editor

Eva Bobková

Sound Designer

Antonín Kravka

Special Effects

Jiří Šimunek, Miroslav Šnábl

Production Manager

Blažej Vráb

Unit Production Manager

Evelyna Vrbová, Rudolf Mos

Unit Production Manager

Petr Jahn, Martin Kuk

Cooperation

Pavlína Volrábová, Helena Lehovcová, Zdeněk Maur

Music

Music Composed by

Michal Pavlíček

Music Performed by

Michal Pavlíček, skupina Stromboli

Songs

Kam, veverko, kam, Holka modrooká

Songwriter

Michal Pavlíček (Kam, veverko, kam)

Writer of Lyrics

Michal Horáček (Kam, veverko, kam)

Singer

Bára Basiková (Kam, veverko, kam)

Production info

Original Title

Nefňukej, veverko!

English Title

Stop Mewling, Squirrel!

Copyright

1988

Production Year

1988

Premiere

01.10.1988

Technical info

Format

Betacam, DVD

Versions

Czech

Awards

Vítěz

Festival: FILMÁK ’98 Plzeň – 4. filmový festival plzeňských dětí a mládeže Plzeň

1998
Plzeň / Czech Republic
Helena Vitovská

Vítěz

Festival: 29. festival filmů pro děti Gottwaldov

1989
Zlín / Czechoslovakia
Antonín Holub

Vítěz

Festival: 4. mezinárodní festival filmů pro děti Alençon

1989
Alençon / France

Vítěz

Festival: 29. festival filmů pro děti Gottwaldov

1989
Zlín / Czechoslovakia

Vítěz

Festival: 29. festival filmů pro děti Gottwaldov

1989
Zlín / Czechoslovakia
Helena Vitovská

Vítěz

Festival: 29. festival filmů pro děti Gottwaldov

1989
Zlín / Czechoslovakia

Vítěz

Exhibition: 20. národní přehlídka filmů pro děti Ostrov

1988
Ostrov nad Ohří / Czechoslovakia

Vítěz

Exhibition: 20. národní přehlídka filmů pro děti Ostrov

1988
Ostrov nad Ohří / Czechoslovakia

Vítěz

Exhibition: 20. národní přehlídka filmů pro děti Ostrov

1988
Ostrov nad Ohří / Czechoslovakia
Helena Vitovská