Slniečko was a children's television show that ran from 1979 until 1989 in Czechoslovakia. It roughly translates to "sunshine" or "lil' sun". Slniečko may have had well over 500 episodes aired. However, nearly all of them are lost.
Every episode of the show was divided into four segments. The first would feature the sunshine hand puppet explain the theme of the episode and pop up during transitions. The second featured Ratafak Plachta interacting with the kids. The third featured children being taught lessons with Ratafak Plachta and the fourth was a random puppet show.
The show went viral when a YouTube user uploaded a video of one of the puppets, Ratafak Plachta (which ironically wasn't from the show). It got even more attention when YouTube user blameitonjorge made his video "Top 20 Unintentionally Disturbing Kids' Characters From Around The World", where he ranked Ratafak Plachta at #3. Despite Ratafak Plachta being unsettling to foreign audiences, he was apparently a favourite children's character in Czechoslovakia. Slniecko's message was to think freely.
For some reason, the character of Ratafak Plachta was involved in campaign for Slovakia's 2009 Presidential Election.
Slniečko provides examples of the following tropes:
- Kid-Appeal Character: Ratafak Plachta is an unusual example, being an old man. However his goofy, dumb, curious and childish nature makes him this. He is shown to be a Friend to All Children.