Commie Kids Telly
March 13, 2008 4:07 AM Subscribe
posted by fearfulsymmetry (25 comments total)
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One rather strange minor cultural phenomena you experienced as a kid growing up in 60s and 70s Britain was a number of television programs that originated from beyond the Iron Curtain. Most infamous was the downright scary The Singing Ringing Tree
from East Germany (Radio4 doc
), later spoofed
by the Fast Show
but there were several others...
including The Little Mermaid
from Czechoslovakia, The White Horses
from Yugoslavia (with its beautiful and much loved theme tune
) and The Mole
, also from Czechoslovakia, by acclaimed animator Zdeněk Miler
… of which there are many many
examples on Youtube.
I doubt it the BBC at the time were really trying to further world revolution (MI5 put a stop to that
) the documentary explains that is was just trying to fill up the schedule with cheap imports. And apparently The Singing Ringing tree
was criticised by the powers that be in it’s own country for being too bourgeois with its princesses and princes and certainly The Mole
was pretty subversive in its own way
"Mr. Miler said he steered clear of politics, but as Krtek became his life's work, the films did not shut out the real world, before or after the fall of Communism. Bureaucrats were poked fun at. He lamented the destruction of the environment. He showed a rabbit graphically giving birth. One film had Krtek travelling the world, stunned at an American mole's superior burrowing technology."