Týrlová Hermína was born in 1900 in the village of Brezova Hory, near the mining town of Pribram, Central Bohemia. As a teenager her artistic vocation took her to Prague. She acted, danced and sang in a theater in suburban Havana. She also began to draw and write poems for children’s magazines. At 26 she met Karel Dodal, later husband. He initiated into her the secrets of advertising animated film. Before the Second World War they filmed together five animated advertising films. In 1939 Karel Dodal went into exile, while Hermína Týrlová stayed in the country. And there again fate intervened. The then director of film studies Bata Zlín city in eastern Moravia, Ladislav Kolda, offered him the chance to shoot feature-length cartoons. Týrlová accepted the offer, in 1941 moved to Moravia and remained there until the end of her life.
In 1944 her film Ferda Mravenec aka Ant Fernando (based on the children’s book of the same name, written by writer and illustrator Ondrek Sekora) was… read more