The Goose


A boy fantasizes about becoming a famous footballer, playing in big stadiums – but first he has to win a match in a small backyard against a goose.

In a cottage in the middle of nowhere, a small boy lives with his grandma. The boy fantasizes about becoming a famous footballer one day, playing in big stadiums. For now, however, a backyard has to be sufficient. One day, a wooden box with a goose inside is delivered. The goose occupies the space around the box, and doesn’t allow anyone near it. It hisses and bites, it is aggressive. When the boy's ball gets into the goose’s area, the real trouble starts. It’s not a simple task to get the ball back. The conflict escalates, leading to the boy physically attacking the goose. He takes a sling and shoots it. The goose dies. Now the ball is free for the taking but the boy does not feel like a winner. Especially after discovering the hatched eggs inside the goose's box. There are several small goslings roaming back and forth around the yard, looking for their mum. It's time now for the boy to understand his responsibility and take care of them. The football is pushed aside again.

Director’s statement
The Goose is a film for children. However, I’m pretty sure that the adult audience will find it interesting too. It is a story about a boy who needs to defend his post in life. He is alone in this. He makes choices on his own, but then he has to accept the consequences, too. He needs to learn what responsibility means and to understand that sometimes it is necessary to put things right again. In the script, the situations are clear, easy to understand; there is no deep character psychology. The storytelling is light and funny but also epic. Just the end brings a drama, “a good boy“ and “a bad goose“ turn into the opposite. The bad goose is only a caring mother, and the good boy does a wrong act. The focus is on the theme of football, of a game, of a match. It continues through the whole story: the boy and the goose are rivals, they fight for a ball, the yard is a playground, the hens are an audience, and the boy’s grandma is a referee. The question is: is there going to be fair play?


Jan Míka

Michal Podhradský

Country of production

Czech Republic

Target audience

preschool and early school-age children

Animation Technique

2D, stop-motion, 3D (CGI)


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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