PRAGUE — Along the historic streets on the periphery of the famed Old Town Square here, tourists stroll past dozens of souvenir shops, many displaying the same stuffed toy of a wide-eyed and cheerful-looking mole. The gray-bellied character may not mean much to Westerners, but for many in Central Europe and elsewhere, the animal is easily recognized as Krtek, a warmhearted cartoon mole whose adventures have dazzled children for 60 years. Hojer said. Created in by the Czech animator Zdenek Miler, the mole first appeared in an award-winning film commissioned by Communist Party leaders as a way to teach children about making trousers. The silent character found huge appeal as an advocate of friendship, morality and human decency and would earn enormous popularity across Central Europe as a sort of Czech Mickey Mouse.
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The Little Mole (1941) Theatrical Cartoon
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