Ferda the Ant

Country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1942

Production year

1941—1942

Premiere

4 February 1944

Runtime

10 min

Category

film

Genre

slapstick

Typology

animatedtheatrical distributionshort

Original title

Ferda mravenec

Czech title

Ferda mravenec

English title

Ferda the Ant

Parallel title

Der brave Slim

Summary

A puppet cartoon comedy featuring the most popular charakter of Ferda the Ant who outsmarts evil spider with the help of his friends.

Synopsis

The anthill is waking up and Ferda the Ant rushes to work, incidentally finding a sugar cube on the way. The summoned ant brigade breaks the sugar into small pieces with their pickaxes. A cricket and a fly entertain the working ants with their music and singing. Ferda likes the little fly a lot, even though she flirtatiously pretends to run away from him. Ferda follows her, but the teasing between the two ends in the net of a bloodthirsty spider. At just the right time, there comes the rain, a mushroom grows in the spider-net prison and it carries both prisoners to the upper side of the net on its cap. Ferda calls for a snail and he and the fly jump over onto his shell. The spider is enraged and perseveringly pursues the fugitives. When he almost catches up with them, the snail opens the back door of his house and imprisons the spider inside. A band by the anthill then plays for the dancing Ferda and the fly.

Note

The film was approved by German censorship on 2 November 1943 and was distributed by the Degeto Film Berlin company. The surviving copy of the film has a lower-case letter "m" in the title (Ferda mravenec – Ferda the ant), while the literary original by the Czech writer and designer Ondřej Sekora was published with the upper-case "M" (Ferda Mravenec – Ferda the Ant). The following editions of the book use both variants.

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Crew and creators

Based on

Ondřej Sekora (Ferda Mravenec – kniha)

Director of Photography

Pavel Hrdlička

Art Director

Stanislav Mikuláštík (figurky), Zdeněk Plesník (dekorace)

Sound Designer

František Pilát

Production Manager

Ladislav Kolda

Cooperation

Emil Poupera

Music

Music Composed by

Miroslav Ponc

Production info

Original Title

Ferda mravenec

Czech Title

Ferda mravenec

English Title

Ferda the Ant

Parallel Title

Der brave Slim

Category

film

Typology

animatedtheatrical distribution

Genre

slapstick

Origin country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1942

Production Year

1941—1942

Production specifications

start of filming 01/1941
end of filming 06/1942
date of censorship 5 January 1944 (predikát „uznáníhodný film“)
date of censorship 15 March 1945 (predikát „uznáníhodný film“ /16mm verze/)
projection approval 9 June 1945 (konec povolení k promítání 9. 6. 1950)

Premiere

premiere 4 February 1944 /suitable for youths/ (kina Alfa /4 týdny/ a Viktoria /2 týdny/, Praha)
renewed premiere 03/1945 /suitable for youths/ (16mm verze)
renewed premiere 06/1945 /suitable for youths/

Production

Degeto Berlín, ČMÚ (dokončení), Bapoz (rozpracování)

Copyright Holders

Národní filmový archiv

Studio

FAB Zlín

Distribution

Ufa (původní 1944), ČMÚ (obnovená 1945 /16mm verze/), Státní půjčovna filmů (obnovená 1945)

Technical info

Duration typology

short film

Duration in minutes

10 min

Original length in metres

291 meters

Distribution carrier

16mm, 35mm

Animation technique

puppet

Aspect ratio

1:1,19

Colour

black & white

Sound

sound

Sound system/format

Tobis – Klang

Versions

Czech

Dialogue languages

without dialogue

Subtitles languages

without subtitles

Opening/End credits languages

Czech