The Czech Mole Turned U.S. Astronaut Drives On

A year ago, I wrote about Czech illustrator Zdeněk Miler’s animated series Krtek (“The Little Mole”), whose title character drives a wind-up pink Cadillac and was taken to space for real aboard Space Shuttle Endeavour on STS-134. » 4/17/12 4:00pm 4/17/12 4:00pm

The Mole and the Car: Automotive dreams from behind the Iron Curtain

In 1954, the Czech cartoonist Zdeněk Miler was tasked with creating educational films about the merits of Communist industry. Miler subverted the project to create Krtek (The Mole), and showed children behind the Iron Curtain the wonders of American cars, rockets, and skyscrapers. Not in vain: this Friday, Miler’s… » 4/26/11 3:00pm 4/26/11 3:00pm