Krtek is both the name of the cartoon-series and the cartoon's hero, a little mole. Created half a century ago by Zdenek Miller, the cartoon soon became a success in Miller's home country, then Czechoslovakia. The story of Krtek is simply yet adorable: Little Krtek lives a happy life in his burrow, surrounded by pristine nature and animal-friends. In every episody and book chapter, the little mole encounters a problem that he masters in his original Krtek-style. He is kind-hearted and always wins over the evil forces (sometimes represented by - guess! - the magpie).
When I watched the Krtek cartoons and books, I was astonished by the details Zdenek Miller put into the illustration of plants. For example, in the episode below, I could identify five taxa to the species level: Galanthus nivalis, Tussilago farfara, Hepatica nobilis, Quercus robur, and even the unconspicuous Capsella bursa-pastoris. (How many species do you recognize?)
Step by step, the full picture came slowly together. I was seeing thousands of Czech children in front of the TVs, exposed to elaborate botanical illustration via Kretek. This explains the botanical mania in the country.
I wonder whether this also explains the theme of our group's seminar this semester: 'Botany in nature protection'.