Little Otik (Otesánek) is a 2000 Czech movie by acclaimed film director and animator Jan vankmajer. The film is a combination of live-action with animation and is based on a traditional Czech fairy tale about a childless couple who adopt a tree stump who later becomes alive.
Things take a dark turn when after a while, this humanoid tree transforms into a hungry giant monster who eats everything in sight. Svankmajer modernizes the story to an infertile couple in the late 20th century The Czech Republic who treat a tree stump as their own child. They keep this a secret from the rest of the people who live in their apartment block. One little girl, Albětka becomes suspicious and actually makes the link between the fairy tale and what is happening in real life...
- Animate Inanimate Object: Little Otik originally started out a vaguely human-looking tree stump, until the woodcutter chopped off the extra roots and presented it to his overjoyed wife, and for one reason or another, Otik gains sapience.
- Ambiguous Ending: Word of God says that it is for the viewer to decide if the old lady "Succeeded in slaying the creature or became just another victim". There's also the question of what becomes of Albětka in either case.
- Baby-Doll Baby: The parents treat Otik as if he were their actual child.
- Be Careful What You Wish For: The couple wanted a child and they got one, humanity notwithstanding.
- Babies Make Everything Better: Subverted like a cancer.
- Big Eater: Otik will eat practically anything edible: milk, a whole field of cabbages, animals, his mother's hair....his mother.
- Cool Old Lady: Paní správcová, who finally decides to fight the man-eating giant Otik with a hoe after it devours her entire cabbage patch. Her name even means 'porter's wife' or 'old woman'.
- Creepy Child: Despite being more akin to a tree/humanish hybrid, Otik definitely qualifies. Also Albětka, the neighbor's daughter, who looks after a gigantic man-eating Otik after Otik is locked away by his father.
- Decoy Protagonist: The film focuses on Otik and his parents, until the former ate the latter. The true (Villain) Protagonist is Albětka
- Dirty Old Man: Mr. lábek, the pedophile who likes to stare underneath the skirt of the neighbor's daughter. He gets eaten by Otik.
- Kids Are Cruel: Albětka allows Otik to eat Mr. lábek and Otik's adoptive parents.
- Man-Eating Plant: Little Otik. As he gains size, the not-so-little Otik begins to desire more than just milk...
- Mouth Cam: The unlucky people eaten by Otik.
- Oh, Crap!: When the husband sees the wife treating the tree stump he gave her as if its an actual baby his expression changes from hahahaha isn't he cute honey, I thought this would cheer you up a bit and make you laugh to ''Oh shit! What have I done!? My wife.... is a nutter.
- Only Sane Man: The woodcutter, who is immediately aware that Otik (whom he made from a tree stump to appease his child-desperate wife) is not the little bundle of joy his wife thinks it to be. This still doesn't help him though because, when he finally decides to confront and destroy the gigantic, chained Otik in the basement with a chainsaw, upon gazing at the monstrosity, he stops what he's doing and longingly calls it 'son' before he, too, is devoured.
- Piggy Bank: Albětka destroys hers to get the money inside.
- Troubling Unchildlike Behavior: Albětka seems way too obsessed with sex for someone her age.
- Weirdness Censor: The wife. Not only does she find it not strange that a human-shaped tree trunk came to life for no explicable reason, but she appears to see nothing wrong when it begins to crave more food, eats her ponytail (which she covers up as giving herself a new facial improvement), and feeding it raw meat. Her desperate desire for a child, however, may be covering up her common sense and putting her in denial.
- Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: As monstrous as Little Otik was, he still had the mentality of an infant, which could make it Obliviously Evil. It was created on accident, locked up in a chest, and possibly killed in the end.