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Kooky

Sverak’s charming family film combines puppet animation, stop-motion, and live-action to tell the story of a young man with asthma named Ondra, whose mom throws away his favorite toy: a musty old stuffed bear named Kooky. That night Ondra dreams that Kooky is determined to find his way back home from the dump. In the boy’s fantasy, the bear gets lost in a forest occupied by strange animals and remarkable beings that he never heard of while living on the toy shelf in Ondra’s room. Even in this small imaginary world, true good exists, as does real evil, which Kooky must face in order to become a real hero.

Appears in: New Czech Cinema

Genres: Childrens, Fantasy

Other Films by Jan Svěrák

Accumulator 1

Recently restored, Svěrák’s wild, prescient comedy remains one of the most popular films in Czech cinema history. Olda (Petr Forman), who lives life vicariously watching television, starts suffering from a mysterious lethargy. The doctors can’t figure out his problem, but natural healer Fišárek diagnoses his ailment as chronic energy loss. Fisarek trains Olda to recharge

Barefoot

Based on his father’s coming-of-age memoir set during the waning years of World War II, Svěrák’s (Koyla, The Elementary School, Accumulator 1) warm film follows eight-year-old Eda, who relocates with his family from Prague to the small village of Slavonice. There he meets a host of idiosyncratic relatives and a gang of rowdy local kids