TV series


12 x 10’


No Happily Ever After

Dozvonil zvonec

In a world where society no longer needs the old cautionary tales, what is the fairy-tale character's real life purpose?

No Happily Ever After is a stop-motion mockumentary insight into nowadays' lives and troubles of mythical creatures from the old fairy tales. Each episode follows a creature from a different European country as the crew of fictional documentarists led by director Hans Andersen Jr. scouts their natural habitat to find new interesting subjects they can interview. They try to capture the unique ways in which they each struggle to fulfil their original purposes after the world around them has changed so much. The series is both comedy as well as educational series introducing traditional culture in the form of fairy-tales.

Director’s statement
The goal for our series is primarily to make something funny, but why not introduce more serious and educational topics while poking fun of old fairy-tale characters? The world is now in the 21st century and has changed severely in the way it works. It has changed so much that even us, the people who have been born into it, struggle to navigate through it sometimes. Keeping up with the technology, keeping a positive body image, feeling despair over destroying the earth, having addiction to things and much more. And now imagine these funny creatures from all over Europe, who feel even more out of place since they come from centuries ago, being thrown into this crazy hectic world. What are they doing? What struggles do they have? In a society that no longer needs the old cautionary tales, what is their purpose?
We will use all the typical documentary edits, camera shots and techniques, only in the form of stop-motion animation and interviewing fairy-tale characters in the form of puppets.

Director and Scriptwriter

Gabriela Plačková
Director and Scriptwriter

Alžběta Göbelová

Mária Môťovská

Country of production

Czech Republic

Target audience


Animation Technique


Production company

Helium film

Looking for


Creative Europe media programme

CEE Animation is supported by the Creative Europe – MEDIA Programme of the European Union and co-funded by state funds and foundations and professional organisations from the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, Slovakia and Slovenia.

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