Down 7,864 this week

Lapitch the Little Shoemaker (1997)
"Cudnovate zgode segrta Hlapica" (original title)

Not Rated  |   |  Animation, Adventure, Family  |  1997 (Croatia)
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 7.2/10 from 232 users  
Reviews: 1 user

Fed up with the harsh treatment his master has given him, a brave little mouse (and later his dog, Brewster) sets off on an adventure.



(novel), (scenario), 7 more credits »
Watch Trailer
0Check in

Celebrate IMDb's 25th Anniversary with Photos We Love

IMDb turns 25 on October 17! To celebrate, we put together a gallery of some of our favorite movie, TV, and event photos from the last 25 years.

See the Photos We Love

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 457 titles
created 14 Oct 2012
a list of 38 titles
created 03 Mar 2013
a list of 194 titles
created 04 May 2013
a list of 38 titles
created 08 Nov 2013
a list of 148 titles
created 6 months ago

Related Items

Connect with IMDb

Share this Rating

Title: Lapitch the Little Shoemaker (1997)

Lapitch the Little Shoemaker (1997) on IMDb 7.2/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Lapitch the Little Shoemaker.



Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Animation | Family | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  

A painter falls asleep beneath a magical elm tree and awakens with magical powers that allow him to communicate with the creatures of the forest. In the limited time that he possesses these... See full summary »

Directors: Milan Blazekovic, Doro Vlado Hreljanovic
Stars: Josip Marotti, Vili Matula, Ljubo Kapor
Segrt Hlapic (2013)
Adventure | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

Apprentice Lapitch,the little shoemaker sets off on a journey after experiencing injustice from the cruel Master Scowler. Just 18 days were enough to make the movie 'The Brave Adventures of... See full summary »

Director: Silvije Petranovic
Stars: Mile Biljanovic, Ena Lulic, Goran Navojec
Animation | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

Abandoned in the woods, a little puppy makes friends with six rabbit siblings.

Directors: Jenõ Koltai, Tibor Hernádi
Stars: Csongor Szalay, Balázs Simonyi, Álmos Elõd
Adventure | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

After a young boy moves from Zeleni vrh to Zagreb, he starts to reveal mysteries about his new house. Soon Koko and his friend, Zlatko, are deep into their investigation...

Director: Daniel Kusan
Stars: Antonio Parac, Kristian Bonacic, Nina Mileta
Adventure | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

His secret will become their adventure.

Director: Drazen Zarkovic
Stars: Antonio Parac, Karlo Maloca, Vanja Markovinovic
Animation | Family | Musical
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

Barbie shows that if you are kind, clever and brave, anything is possible in this tale of Clara and her amazing Nutcracker, who set off on an adventure to find the Sugarplum Princess.

Director: Owen Hurley
Stars: Kelly Sheridan, Kirby Morrow, Tim Curry
Barbie of Swan Lake (Video 2003)
Animation | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

Barbie comes to life in her third animated movie, based on the beloved fairy tale and set to the brilliant music of Tchaikovsky.

Director: Owen Hurley
Stars: Kelly Sheridan, Mark Hildreth, Kelsey Grammer
Animation | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

Barbie stars in her first holiday movie in this heart-warming adaptation of the classic Dickens story filled with cherished Christmas carols, fabulous fashions and lots of laughs!

Director: William Lau
Stars: Kelly Sheridan, Morwenna Banks, Melissa Lyons
Adventure | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

One class of school children from a small village make the trip to Zagreb. Teacher gets sick and the class is forced to go home without him. During their journey the train gets stuck in a ... See full summary »

Director: Mate Relja
Stars: Slavko Stimac, Gordana Inkret, Zeljko Malcic
Animation | Family | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  

Thistle the magician and his forest friends (from _The Elm Chanted Forest (1986)_) take on an ice emperor, Mrazomor, and his horde.

Director: Milan Blazekovic
Stars: Dragan Milivojevic, Ivo Rogulja, Emil Glad
Vuk samotnjak (1972)
Adventure | Drama | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

A boy finds a large wolf-like dog in the mountain and they befriend. The local peasants think that it may be a real wolf responsible for the sheep pestilence. They decide to kill the animal... See full summary »

Director: Obrad Gluscevic
Stars: Slavko Stimac, Zeljko Mataija, Ivan Stimac
The Little Flying Bears (TV Series 1990)
Animation | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.6/10 X  
Stars: Sonja Ball, Daniel Brochu, Branka Cvitkovic


Cast overview, first billed only:
Ivan Gudeljevic ...
Segrt Hlapic (voice)
Maja Rozman ...
Gita (voice)
Tarik Filipovic ...
Amadeus / Vlasnik vrtuljka (voice)
Pero Juricic ...
Bundas / Vlasnik cirkusa (voice)
Relja Basic ...
Crni Stakor (voice)
Vladimir Kovacic ...
Majstor Mrkonja (voice)
Hrvoje Zalar ...
Grga (voice)
Ljiljana Gener ...
Jana (voice)
Zorko Sirotic ...
Marko (voice)
Ivana Bakaric ...
Markova majka (voice)
Bozidarka Frajt ...
Grgina majka (voice)
Emil Glad ...
Medo (voice)
Ivica Vidovic ...
Markov otac (voice)
Mate Ergovic ...
Gostionicar (voice)
Mladen Crnobrnja ...
Ptica Stef (voice)


Fed up with the harsh treatment his master has given him, a brave little mouse (and later his dog, Brewster) sets off on an adventure.

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


Not Rated | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:



Official Sites:




Release Date:

1997 (Croatia)  »

Also Known As:

Lapitch the Little Shoemaker  »

Company Credits

Production Co:

, ,  »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs


Sound Mix:



Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See  »

Did You Know?


Croatia's official selection for the 1997 Academy Awards (in the Best Foreign Language Film category). See more »


When Lapitch is walking along the countryside, he passes several graveyards where statues of the human Christ and the human Madonna are shown, despite taking place in a world entirely populated by anthropomorphic animals. See more »


[from English version]
Master Scowler: [screaming] Lapitch, why in thunder... What's all this racket about?
Lapitch: [stuttering] Nothing, Master.
Master Scowler: This is a workshop - not a playground!
See more »


Followed by Lapitch the Little Shoemaker (2000) See more »


Crnog Stakova
Written by Pajo Kanizaj
Performed by Slavko Pintaric Pista (as Slavko Pintaric-Pista)
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

A little animated gem from Croatia
5 August 2015 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

As someone who very much likes the show, this viewer found the film to be even better, both sparking interest in seeing more of Croatia's animation. Lapitch the Little Shoemaker mayn't be one of the best animated films ever made, but it is a great little gem and well worth the time if able to track down.

The animation is beautifully done, wisely keeping it simple but never too safe or over-simple. The drawing is of smoother quality than those of the show (which still is of good quality visually), it's bright and colourful with some suitably dark atmospheric moments, the backgrounds are very detailed and rich in colour, atmosphere and quaint charm and some moments of outstanding imagination (like in the Dirty Rat musical number). There is some great music here too, the incidental music is whimsical, lively and sometimes haunting and the songs are really quite good, with the tender Take My Hand, the catchy Shoe Song and the rousing Farmers and Friends Forever. The best though is Dirty Rat's song, melodically it is both fun and sinister and coupled with some truly imaginative and wonderfully surreal visuals and characterful vocals, it is one of the better non-Disney animated villain songs to me.

Lapitch the Little Shoemaker is very well written as well, not afraid to bring depth while also respecting its main target audience. It's immensely charming, entertaining and inspiring, with the humorous moments being well-judged and actually funny rather than dumb or juvenile and there are some valuable lessons and good ideas that the film shows without being heavy-handed at all. Some parts, like with Dirty Rat, are also dark, without being too frightening, Lapitch and Lisa's relationship is portrayed very charmingly here helped by that the two characters are also both likable, and the Scowlers' back story brings depth and poignancy to the film. The story is very well-thought out and eventful, while never feeling that the film is too rushed or stretched, it also tries to break away from any formulas which is admirable and doesn't feel convoluted or muddled at all.

The characters are really engaging, Lapitch and Lisa are very easy to like, Brewster and Pico are amusing and sympathetic, the Scowlers are written well enough for their backstory to resonate to the extent that Master Scowler's initial attitude towards Lapitch is understandable and Dirty Rat is such an enjoyable villain and has some genuine menace. Melvin is quite well-rounded too. The voice work is very good, especially for that of Lapitch and Dirty Rat. My only small complaint actually is the little too convenient climax with Dirty Rat's defeat feeling too easy.

Overall though, a great little gem, and while the show is seldom seen and was short-lived (with not as much depth as the film present) it is also good, just as charming, entertaining and inspiring and goes perfectly with the film it's spun off from. 9/10 Bethany Cox

0 of 0 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Discuss Lapitch the Little Shoemaker (1997) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for: