Who is the Czech Mole? Fans are going crazy about Bob and Bobek!
In the Czech Republic it becomes a tradition. Every big sport event, organized in the country, is accompanied by characters from a popular bedtime tales. It was Czech Mole during the March Athletics Indoor Championship. During Ice Hockey World Championship in Prague and Ostrava are mascots Bob and Bobek – Rabbits from the Hat.
Canadian champions Bob and Bobek: They told us what Bob and Bobek mean in the end of championship!
Huge black shoe stepped on the ice and all rows in Prague's O2 Arena went quiet. Ice hockey was completely forgotten. After all, large and sturdy rabbit stayed next to hockey legend – Jaromir Jagr and (apart from Jagr) it was the most popular figure of this year’s Ice Hockey World Championship.
Bob and Bobek are already champions! They’re loved by audience and more famous than Czech Mole!
There’s always something to watch. At the World Hockey Championship the audience is not bored! Not even players in the cab! They’re entertained by both, mascots Bob and Bobek and lovely cheerleadears. Foreign media also noticed, that girls wears sneakers while Rabbits from the Hat wears ice-skates. German’s magazine Build says: This only can happen in Czech Republic!
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See how Bob and Bobek got into Pendolino!
Maybe you also saw famous Rabbits from the Hat dressed in hockey jerseys on train unit. How did the mascots of the Ice Hockey World Championship get at the train? You can see whole proces in this video.
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Return of Bob and Bobek on the screen
On March 15th Česká televize offered to young viewers repetition of successful animated tales with favourite Rabbits from the Hat – Bob and Bobek. Channel for children – ČT D: - presented episodes from 5th and 6th series (they are called Rabbits on the Road) every week. The premiere of these episodes was in 2004, but rating proves, that rabbits are popular among children from 21th century as well.
Bob and Bobek entertain children from the year 1979. In total there are 91 episodes in 8 series. Directors were: Václav Bedřich, Miroslav Walter and Ivo Hejcman. Script writers were: Vladimír Jiránek, Jaroslav Pacovský, Jiří Šebánek and Pavel Šrut. Bob and Bobek were drawn by Vladimír Jiránek. Josef Dvořák gave to rabbit his voice and music was composed by Petr Skoumal.
Mascots’ premiere of the 2015 Ice Hockey World Championship took place on ice in Ostrava
Official mascots of 2015 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship (set in Prague and Ostrava) were introduced exactly 75 days before opening ceremony. Rabbits Bob and Bobek in national jerseys with numbers symbolised year 2015, were chasing themselves across ice-ring with knight Vítek – extra league mascot of Vítkovice Steel club.
Jersey with number 20 on its back belonged to bigger, smarter and more mature Bob, while playful, skilful and inventive Bobek had jersey with number 15.
Organizers had been finding mascots almost a year. According to Tomáš Král, President of Czech Ice Hockey Association, they were also calculating with traditional Czech Lion or Mole. In the end they gave preferences to Rabbits from the Hat, because of their popularity among Czech folk and also across the world.
Rabbit from the Hat in Prague Zoo
Second February Saturday in Prague Zoo was in the sign of ice hockey. Rabbits from the Hat, official mascots of 2015 Ice Hockey Championship, came to visit Zoo’s visitors. They arrived in jerseys of World champions from year 2010, when Czech national team won the gold medal. Bob and Bobek were in the centre of interest of children and their parents as well. They could also see, photograph and got many interesting information about gold trophy of World Championship.
Bob and Bobek by Alex Dowis are just like original
Artist and scenographer Alex Dowis set a target for himself: propagate and popularise legacy of famous Czech drawer Vladimír Jiránek – father of well-known Rabbits from the Hat – Bob and Bobek.
He met Vladimír Jiránek during creating feature film and after Jiránek’s death in November of 2002 Alex dedicated his work to reproduction of Jiránek’s masterwork. “I keep drawing by his line and I’m trying to keep his work alive,” said Alex in interview for Mladá fronta Dnes newspaper.
Alex Dowis was author of official mascots of 2015 Ice Hockey Championship, which took place in Prague and Ostrava. His version of Bob and Bobek is indistinguishable from Jiránek’s drawings.
Read more about Alex’s relationship with Vladimír Jiránek and about working on ice-hockey mascots on http://hokej.idnes.cz/.
Mascots Bob and Bobek in elite company
Mascots inseparable belong to a Ice Hockey Tournament for decades. Organisers always try to choose mascot, which is well-known in the world as well as in the organising country. Bob and Bobek, Rabbits from the magical Hat are undoubtedly right choice.
If we look back to the mascots of world championships in ice hockey, which took place in the Czech, respectively Czechoslovak republic, Bob and Bobek are really unique – the mascot of the championship in the Czech or Czechoslovakia was always the lion.
Lion Pepa accompanied world championship in Prague in 1985 and in 1992 in Prague and Bratislava. And the last World Championship in our country – 2004 – in Prague and Ostrava, had lion mascot named Tomík.
For the first time in the modern history of mascots of Ice Hockey Championship are actually two characters – Bob and Bobek. They’re not deviating as members of “animal kingdom,” because for the past decades are mascots always animals.