Little Otik
Little Otik (2001)

Acclaimed animator Jan Svankmajer combines cartoon and live-action imagery to bring to life a bizarre story based on an old Czech folk tale. Karel (Jan Hartl) and Bozena (Veronika Zilkova) are a married couple who desperately want a child,… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: December 19, 2001
DVD Release Date: January 21, 2003
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Critic Score: 84% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Though rather overlong, Little Otik is a whimsical, bizarre treat.

Gary Dowell
Dallas Morning News

Svankmajer has created a bizarre cinematic treat that pokes fun at obsessive consumer culture.

Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times

Svankmajer sends us home haunted.

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Cole Smithey

[VIDEO] "Little Otik is in a class all by itself. Jan Svankmajer is a mad genius of cinema."

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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer

It's no surprise that Jan Svankmajer's Little Otik is dark, strange stuff.

Frank Scheck
Hollywood Reporter

Its dark whimsy doesn't hold up for the duration of Svankmajer's film version, which, at more than two hours, seriously wears out its welcome.

Cole Smithey

Little Otik is in a class all by itself. Jan Svankmajer is a mad genius of cinema.

Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times

The cumulative impact of Little Otik is engrossing and provocative, and Svankmajer draws splendid ensemble performances across the board.

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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle

127 minutes is a lot of time for a simple movie with one satirical point to make and one animated character to show.

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Dan Fienberg

A fairy tale for adults, Otik is demented and heartwarming in that particular and unique Svankmajer fashion.

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Flixster Audience Score: 85% Flixster User Reviews
Greg S
An infertile couple pretend a tree stump is a baby, but trouble arises when it comes to life and needs to be fed. The laughs are as twisted as the gnarled roots… More
Tsubaki Sanjuro
Yet another reason for not having kids ever.
Randy Tippy
Little Shop of Horrors, with a Czech twist. An off-beat (to say the least) rendering of a fanciful fairy tale. Consider this a rave review for a ravenous root.… More
El Hombre Invisible
Little Otik is one strange film, conceived and executed with some really fun stop-motion effects. The strongest section of the film has a psychological… More
Arash Xak
Like merging Lynch's The Grandmother & Eraserhead and making it more straightforward but also more twisted at the same time
Ross Collins
Dark Czech fairy tale about a couple who long for a child so much that they go crazy and produce a monster. It would be a disturbing horror movie if not for the… More

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