The Little Mole (Krteček) – original by Zdeněk Miller
The lovely character of the Little Mole is the main and famous character in short children’ s movies about the Little Mole and his friends, Little Mole child’s books and it also became more and more popular through production of various games and plush toys. Those Little Mole movies made by its creator Zdeněk Miller were created between 1957 and 2002. The idea to create the Little Mole came up when Mr. Miller once stumbled across a molehill in his garden. He then finally decided to draw the Little Mole as it was an original character; moles were also not used in any Walt Disney movie yet. The plush Little Mole has also made it to the space in the Endeavour space shuttle with the astronaut A.J. Feustel whose ancestors were Czech. In 2014, Mr. Miller’s daughter sold author rights to produce movies with the Little Mole to a Chinese TV Channel CCTV, so you might have seen a video where the Czech Little Mole gets on together with a Chinese panda. Mr. Miller had allegedly a wish not to continue the production of Little Mole movies in the Czech Republic anymore.
You will find a small plush “Little Mole” toy as a nice Czech souvenir in this box and also a wooden Czech toy – a yo-yo with a “Little Mole” picture on it. Both produced in the Czech Republic.
Pat a Mat (Pat and Mat) – DVD
First of five DVDs with humourous children stories about two fumblers named Pat and Mat – this couple of do-it-yourself handymen appeared on the Czechoslovak TV screens first time in 1976 and got its current name „Pat a Mat“ in 1989. The series has become popular also in other European countries such as in Poland, Germany, Switzerland, Norway and the Netherlands (the series was dubbed under the name „ Buurman en buurman” – „Neighbour and neighbour“). On this DVD you will see how Pat and Mat hang wallpapers or a picture, how they have a barbecue, manufacture a rocking-chair, move their furniture, spend time gardening and so on. Pat and Mat barely speak, but you will soon get used to their funny common gestures.
Fruity chewing-gums Pedro
Pedro chewing gum is for lots of nowadays grown-up Czechs one of many symbols of their childhood, because these chewing gums were sold mainly in the 70s, 80s and at the beginning of the 90s. They are generally normal chewing fums with fruity flavor, but their funny packing with a little boy wearing a sombrero and colourful sticky labels and tattoos inside made them to a popular Czechoslovak candy. The production of Pedro chewing gums was renewed in 2012, so you can taste them again.
Orion Kitten Tongues (Kočičí jazýčky)
Kitten tongues are a chocolate candy resembling a kitten tongue by its shape. The history of these chocolate sweets goes back to the 19th century. It was produced since 1892 e.g. by the company named Küfferle in Vienna. Kitten tongues were very popular mainly in the 20s and 30s in Czech lands. They were visualized for their current producer Orion by the art designer Mr. Zdeněk Rykl.
Orion milk chocolate for children
This tasty milk chocolate has a popular colourful packing, small pocket size and is often used as a little chocolate award for children.
Note – allergens in chocolate sweets: milk, lactose, whey, traces of nuts, peanuts, soya, eggs and wheat.