A documentary stories which provides an insight into the modern-day lives and troubles of the mythical creatures from old fairy tales.
It’s 2021. Fairytale creatures as we know them have become endangered species. Baba Yaga is going to court for her child-eating crimes, one of the last Water Goblins was recently found dead near Oldenburg in Germany, leaving their species on the brink of extinction, while the Sirens are becoming unattractive. But there is hope! Famous anthropologist Grimmauld Andersen has studied these fascinating species his whole life and he can’t let it go on like this. They won’t be overlooked anymore, not on his watch. He decides to produce a documentary series about nature, life and the unclear future of the different fairytale creatures. His weapons are truth, passion and a low-budget camera. But he’ll soon find out the biggest threat to the fairytale creatures…are the creatures themselves.
Format: Animated series
Duration: 13 x 10’
Country of Production: Czech Republic
Target Audience: 12+
Production Company: Helium Film s.r.o.
Producer: Mária Môťovská
Scripwriter: Jakub Votýpka
Directors: Alžběta Göbelová, Gabriela Plačková
Estimated Budget: 825,000 EUR
Confirmed Financing: 75,000 EUR
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Imagine you are living your same life, in this day and age, except that all those fairytale creatures you know from fairy tales and mythology are actually real and living out there. How would they cope with the 21st century? And what would have become of their original fairytale purpose and powers? We created this European map of fairytale creatures and worked within the genre of a fictional documentary. The episodes stand by themselves but also have character and story crossovers throughout. Our protagonists – all fairytale creatures – represent vignettes of people’s everyday life, past, and the influence of modern-day society on them. They are rooted in the culture of their homeland and symbolise se the rapid pace of change in the world today. When we interview them, we can see how they are struggling with all of today’s hot topics like global warming, feminism, loneliness, depression, eating habits, beauty, and many more. By combining these interesting topics with a big dose of humour, we want to create a funny and unique series led by our fairytale celebrities.
Mária Môťovská (born in 1995) is a producer from Slovakia and based in the Czech Republic. She graduated from TBU in Zlin and continued her education with a master’s degree in production at FAMU in Prague. In 2016, she attended the Erasmus+ programme at the Gerrit Rietveld Academy in Amsterdam. Fascinated by the possibilities of art and creativity, she decided to focus on animated projects, and has produced various award-winning short animations, including Red Shoes (the only Czech movie included in the Cinéfondation Selection at Cannes 2021). She was also part of the production team for the movie Daughter (an Oscar nominee in 2019). In 2017, she created the Young Film Fest, an international educational film festival for young children in the Czech Republic, where she continues to work as the festival director every year.
Gabriela Plačková (born in 1992) studied animation at TBU in Zlin and at Volda University College in Norway. During her studies, she fell in love with stop-motion animation and put all her passion into her master’s project The Incredible Wardrobegadget of Dr. Stein. The film has since been screened at over 45 festivals and is available on the HBO Go platform. In 2020, her film Crumbs was submitted for the Straight 8 competition and won Cannes 8. Since 2018, Gabriela has been working as a freelancer in illustration and animation.
The Incredible Wardrobegadget of Dr. Stein (2019)
Alžběta Göbelová (born in 1991) is an illustrator, animator and filmmaker from the Czech Republic. She studied animation for six years at TBU in Zlín. For half a year in 2016 she studied at the Strzemiński Academy of Art in Łódź, Poland, in the visual arts department.
She is currently working as a freelance artist and living in Prague.
How to Save a Princess (2013)
October 2050 (2015; Grand Prix for the Environmental Competition at Anibar)
Ghostory (2017; Best of at Anny Animation Nights in New York, Audience Award at Iron Mule, Best Graduation Film at ReAnimania)
Jakub Votýpka (born in 1992) is a graduate of Radio and TV Dramaturgy and Screenwriting at JAMU, Brno, where he is now studying for his doctorate. His student documentary Word Punches was selected for the 55th International Film Festival for Children and Youth in Zlín. He both wrote and appeared in the short films Bloody Parcel and Caballero Ape, with the former being selected for the New York International Independent Film and Video Festival. He works as a screenwriter on various TV series and shows for public and commercial broadcasters.
Bloody Parcel (2008; actor, writer)
Caballero Ape (2014; actor)
Word Punches (2014; writer, director)
The Lynching (2018; TV series, writer)