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Greedy Guts (2000)

Otesánek (original title)
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A childless couple passes off an anthropomorphous tree stump as their baby, but things get out of hand when the thing comes to life and demands to be fed.


Jan Svankmajer


Karel Jaromír Erben (fairy tale), Jan Svankmajer (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
6 wins & 8 nominations. See more awards »





Cast overview, first billed only:
Veronika Zilková ... Bozena Horáková
Jan Hartl ... Karel Horák
Jaroslava Kretschmerová ... Paní Stádlerová
Pavel Nový ... Frantisek Stádler
Kristina Adamcová Kristina Adamcová ... Alzbetka
Dagmar Stríbrná Dagmar Stríbrná ... Pani správcová
Zdenek Kozák Zdenek Kozák ... Mr. Zlabek
Gustav Vondracek Gustav Vondracek ... Mladek, the postman
Arnost Goldflam ... Gynaecologist
Jitka Smutná ... Bulankova, the social worker
Jirí Lábus ... Policeman at station
Radek Holub ... Young postman
Jan Jirán Jan Jirán ... Karel's co-worker
Zdenek Palusga Zdenek Palusga ... Uniformed policeman
Frantisek Polata Frantisek Polata ... Plainclothes policeman


When a childless couple learn that they cannot have children, it causes great distress. To ease his wife's pain, the man finds a stump in the backyard and chops it and varnishes it into the shape of a child. However the woman takes the root as her baby and starts to pretend that it is real. When the root takes life they seem to have gained a child; but its appetite is much greater than that of a normal child. Written by bob the moo

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Originally, Jan Svankmajer wanted to shoot this film in early nineties and considered to cast Woody Allen and Mia Farrow as Karel and Bozena. See more »


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Quite good, but I wish Svankmajer would use more animation
11 March 2002 | by zetesSee all my reviews

Perhaps Jan Svankmajer is sick of the medium of stop-motion animation which first made him famous. Perhaps he's trying to move into pure filmmaking. And perhaps I shouldn't criticize him for that. He's actually an excellent live-action director as well, which Little Otik (in Czech "Otesanek," "Greedy Guts," the name of an Eastern European fairy tale from which the script is adapted) demonstrates. But I'm not sure he wants to leave stop-motion animation behind. It seems to me more like he wants to use it more often in the film, but he didn't have the money. If you're interested in Svankmajer's work, start with his short stop-motion films, then move to Alice, his version of Alice in Wonderland, and then move to this film and then Faust.

As for the film itself, it's imperfect. Its biggest problem is that it's overlong. There's really not enough meat in it (well, there's enough meat literally). It can move slowly, especially nearer the beginning. Also, the ending is a bit abrupt. Still, there're a lot of great scenes and set pieces. It can also be very funny. It's certainly the most humorous side of Jan Svankmajer that I've seen. 8/10.

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Release Date:

25 January 2001 (Czech Republic) See more »

Also Known As:

Little Otik See more »

Filming Locations:

Knovíz, Czech Republic See more »


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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital EX



Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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