Season at the ZOO

children, comedy

Typology

feature

Czech title

Dva lidi v zoo

Runtime

89

Country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1989

Production year

1989

Premiere

01.09.1990

Language version

Czech

Director

Marie Poledňáková

Screenplay

Marie Poledňáková

Screenstory

Marie Poledňáková

Summary

In 1989, beloved comedy director Marie Poledňáková combined a relationship and generational-based story with some very cute animal protagonists – the inhabitants of a zoo, where certain unfair practices are afoot. Twins Honza and Martin (siblings Jan and Martin Morávek) find themselves in an environment full of adventures. For fun, the lads pretend that just one of them – Martin – has arrived for a visit. But their grandfather Montelík is nowhere near as exuberant. He is battling against a greedy zoo management that wants to raise funds by selling off certain animals. Intern Emilka won’t accept such an outcome – and so the boys start subtly “helping out”. Miroslav Macháček and Jiřina Jirásková, most often seen by the public in more serious roles, play grandfather and grandmother Montelík.

Synopsis

When a giant gorilla demolishes the equipment of the zoologist Monty's house, his wife Josefína moves from the ZOO to her sister living in a prefab flat. Monty is fine with that, he got used to her leaving "forever". Their daughter leaves for a tour with her husband and brings over their two restless twins, Honza and Martin, for babysitting as agreed. The grandmother forgot about this before her quick departure and the granddad does not know anything about any such agreement. He is busy in the ZOO and also ocassionaly works as a vet for the neighbourhood. Monty would take one boy at maximum and the twins thus begin to pretend that only one is staying with him. There is a lot of disorder in the ZOO, but the young intern Emilka does not want to accept it. She secretly hides a young orang-utang Amos so that the incompetent and greedy management could not sell it. Josefína recalls babysitting her grandsons but she meets only Martin in front of the school. She takes him to her sister's but the boy runs away to the ZOO at night. The boys alternate at school and also alternate their results. František Kroužil returns from jail where he was sentenced for fighting in a pub caused by his pointless jealousy of his wife. Emilka writes a complaint to the ministry because the ZOO director wants to sell more animals. The boys read Emilka's letter and begin helping the animals. Their interventions are, however, rather unlucky. The grandfather finds out that both boys are in the ZOO. Josefína returns home. František is shocked at discovering the orang-utang Amos in the pram instead of his son; the child was of course replaced by the twins. The ZOO faces a mass escape of the animals but the boys will hopefully bring them back.

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Cast

Miroslav Macháček

zoolog Montelík zvaný Monty

Jiřina Jirásková

Josefína, Montyho žena

Jan Morávek (dítě)

dvojče Honza

Martin Morávek

dvojče Martin

Marta Sládečková

inženýrka Emilka

Jan Hartl

ošetřovatel Jára

Ladislav Mrkvička

ošetřovatel Šimon

Zdeněk Srstka

ošetřovatel Evžen

Petr Kostka

ředitel ZOO

Jana Štěpánková

hlavní zooložka

Helena Růžičková

krmička Burdová

Jaroslava Kretschmerová

Veruna, dcera Burdové

Jitka Smutná

Květa Kroužilová

Jiří Krampol

recidivista František, Květin manžel

Roman Skamene

družstevník Valda

Zdena Hadrbolcová

listonoška Růžena

Jan Faltýnek

poručík VB

Uršula Kluková

družstevnice

Zdeněk Troška

režisér

Marta Boháčová

učitelka Mráčková

Vilma Cibulková

kuchařka Jiřina Součková

Igor Smržík

příslušník VB

Aleš Procházka

nadstrážmistr VB

Pavlína Mourková

sestra v jeslích

Josef Veselský

ošetřovatel Pepino

Hana Pastejříková

sekretářka

Jiří Kraus

kaskadér

Tomáš Engel

kaskadér

Magda Cepáková

kaskadérka

Dita Dudziková

kaskadérka

Luděk Jelen

kaskadér

orangutan Ňunák

orangutan Ámos

slůně Frigo

slůně Charlie

nosorožec Pomněnka

medvíďata Tom a Jerry

pštros Taťulda

gepardi Cheeta, Maun a Tanzi

doga Agáta

gorila Tadeo

tygr Borneo

hroch Kulihrášek

zebra Princezna

divoké prase Filip

Pavel Svitalský

Dubbing

Zlata Adamovská

hlas Emilky

Eva Jiroušková

hlas Mráčkové

Simona Stašová

hlas kuchařky

Crew and creators

Second Unit Director

Eva Kadaňková

Assistant Director

Jan Vaculík, Irena Klausová

Script Editor

Martin Bezouška

Second Unit Photography

Václav Helliman

Camera Operator

Bohumil Vodička

Production Designer

Jindřich Kočí

Set Designer

Tomáš Dosoudil, Karel Kočí, Milan Šefrna

Costume Designer

Libuše Pražáková

Sound Designer

Jiří Kříž, Antonín Jedlička (zvukové efekty)

Special Effects

Ivo Houf, Radek Houf, Milan Zajíček, Helena Štáchová

Production Manager

Jiří Beránek

Unit Production Manager

Tomáš Baloun, Vlasta Synkulová

Unit Production Manager

Jelínek Rudolf (2), Bára Jelínková

Consultant

Ing. Josef Vágner, CSc., RNDr. Ing. Ivana Hašková, Bořek Voráč, RNDr. Dana Holečková, Ing. Zdena Jeřábková, MVDr. Josef Šafařík, MVDr. Petr Skalka, MVDr. Jiří Váhala, MVDr. Martin Ptáček

Cooperation

Růžena Hejsková, Rudolf Friesz, Jan Drbohlav, Libor Fránek, Milan Ťoupalík, Alice Sotonová, Ivana Mrázová (2), Roman Siegel, Pavel Svitalský, Jiřina Beránková (ošetřovatelka orangutanů), David Nečas (ošetřovatel slůňat), Pavel Král (ošetřovatel nosorožců), Miroslav Kachelmaier (ošetřovatel nosorožců), Jaroslav Kaňa (ošetřovatel medvíďat), Tomáš Weber (ošetřovatel pštrosa), Dana Holečková (ošetřovatelka gepardů), Zora Špinková (ošetřovatelka dogy), Libuše Vrabcová (ošetřovatelka gorily), Ivan Ringel (ošetřovatel tygra), Olga Ringelová (ošetřovatelka hrocha), Jiří Děd (ošetřovatel zebry), Jiří Červinka (ošetřovatel divokého prasete)

Music

Music Composed by

Petr Hapka

Music Performed by

FISYO

Music Conducted by

Jan Frank (FISYO)

Songs

Zpěv beze slov, Levandulová

Songwriter

Petr Hapka (Zpěv beze slov), Petr Hapka (Levandulová)

Writer of Lyrics

Michal Horáček (Levandulová)

Singer

Petr Muk (Zpěv beze slov), Hana Hegerová (Levandulová), Petr Hapka (Levandulová)

Production info

Original Title

Dva lidi v zoo

English Title

Season at the ZOO

Copyright

1989

Production Year

1989

Premiere

01.09.1990

Creative Group

Josef Císař

Technical info

Format

Betacam, DVD

Versions

Czech