Little Otik

Little Otik

Otesaanek

DVD - 2002 | Czech
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In this adaptation of a Czech legend about an infertile couple, a husband presents a tree stump that physically resembles a baby to console his wife. When she treats it like a real baby, it comes to life and acquires a monstrous appetite.
Publisher: [United States] :, Zeitgeist Video,, [2002]
Branch Call Number: CZE DVD FEATURE LIT
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (126 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
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PeterRLD
Nov 24, 2017

I had high hopes for this one, based on a Czech folktale about a couple who could not conceive. To console his wife, the husband carves the likeness of a baby out of a tree root and her happiness is so profound that the wooden child, little Otik, comes to life. And then the trouble starts. The movie is made by Svankmajer, who has made many stop-motion animation movies, so I expected some amazing animations of young Otik, but was disappointed - he just flailed his little roots around in a very primitive way. The characters and story were good but everything progressed way too slowly.

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lukasevansherman
Mar 06, 2015

For fans of bizarre cinema, this is a real treat. Czech surrealist Jan Svankmajer ("Alice," "Faust") tells the tale of an infertile couple and the cannibal tree baby they create/take care of. It's probably the best cannibal tree baby movie ever made. As with most of his other films, he combined stop-motion action and live action in a way that is strange and stunning. If there are faults, it's that it runs a little long and the ending is abrupt. "Eraserhead" feels like a strong influence here. Also check out his short films, which are collected in a 2 volume DVD set. In Czeck with English subtitles.

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AppleChips
Jan 15, 2015

This was my favorite movie when I was little, and it is still great!
Some nudity, a young male baby, and a pregnant woman at a hospital lifts up her dress and she has no underwear.
I would give this a watch!

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yellow_rabbit_33A
Aug 16, 2014

This movie was weird - I loved it! lol. I thought that the animation was great.

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Turtle07
Nov 07, 2012

I thought this was a strange strange movie but I liked it. There are english subtitles.

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geomillar
Sep 04, 2012

Sorry, but it just didn't work for me.

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