Friday, March 4, 2011

Pat and Mat

Pat and Mat is a stop-motion animated series that was created by Lubomír Beneš and Vladimír Jiránek. The show is called A je to!, Pat a Mat ("And that's it!, Pat and Mat"). Pat and Mat are two handymen that come up with surprising solutions to mostly self-inflicted problems. The show continues to be popular here and in other countries as well.
The characters made their debut in 1976 but it took another three years before the next episode was made. The writers targeted the humor towards adults but, in Czechoslovakia, the show could only be made as a child's TV program and had to stay within a short time format. Although the show was made in Prague it was produced by Slovak TV in Bratislava. Slovak TV produced 28 episodes from 1979 to 1985. Episode #78 was the last in the series and aired back in 2003.
The first time I saw Pat & Mat was on my ČSA flight from New York to Prague when I moved here 20 months ago. Dang! I can't believe that I've been here almost two years.
You can find a lot of the episodes out on YouTube. Here's most of episode #2 - "Wallpaper" from 1979.

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