The Molepire


The story of the unlikely friendship of Tonda the mole and Emilie the vampire, brought together by their differences that become their greatest assets.

Tonda the Mole, fascinated by life above ground, spends his days collecting discarded items, longing to surface. He meets Emilie, a creature sharing his desire. Despite the danger, they bond over their wish. Emilie gifts Tonda a marble, earning his trust. However, a mishap floods their home. With Emilie's help, Tonda flies above ground, gaining bat-like vision. Now, he can explore his dreams freely.

Director’s statement
Some tales resonate profoundly, especially in childhood when our perspectives are taking shape. Neil Gaiman emphasizes the significance of fairytales not for their assertion of dragon existence, but for their portrayal of overcoming them. "The Molepire" speaks to both children and adults, offering a narrative of hope and dreams often overlooked. Tonda, a mole, yearns to escape his dreary underground existence and explore the vibrant world above. Hindered by poor eyesight, he remains undeterred. His unexpected friendship with Emilie, a vampire bat, proves transformative. Despite their differences, they share a common longing for companionship. Through curiosity and courage, they forge a bond that transcends their disparities, reminding us to persevere in pursuit of our dreams.


Hana Blaha Šilarová
Director and Scriptwriter
Marek Čermák

Country of production

Czech Republic

Target audience

Children, approximately 5-9

Animation Technique

Stop motion

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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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