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Soviet Cartoons – Good Tales that Transcend Time

Hedgehog in the Fog

Soviet cartoons are well known around the world. They have won many awards at festivals, got translated into dozens of languages, and their characters were voiced by movie stars. The most popular Russian animated fairy-tale characters are Cheburashka, Hedgehog in the Fog, and The Little Humpbacked Horse.

First Accolades

The animated film “The New Gulliver” became a sensation when in 1935 it received an award at the Venice IFF and praise from Charlie Chaplin himself. The cartoon was created using a combined shooting: real actors worked among 1500 thousands clay dolls. In 1947, Soviet animators created a hand-drawn masterpiece – the first Russian animated feature “The Little Humpbacked Horse”, which won an award at the 4th Cannes IFF and the 4th IFF in Tehran. Walt Disney showed it many times to his drawers, admiring the distinctive style of Russian animation.

The Golden Age of Soviet Animation

Soviet animators were famous for their artistic presentation of fairy-tale stories. Even half a century later the Soviet animated masterpieces, such as “Golden antelope” (1953) and “The Snow Queen” (1957) are very popular in Japan, the UK and France. In the U.S. the animation “The Snow Queen” regularly graced Christmas TV broadcast.

In the 60-80s such animated Russian series as “Mowgli”, along with “The Jungle Book” by Disney came out, but the Soviet “frog” Mowgli is considered a more interesting character.

Cheburashka and the Hedgehog in the Fog

Two Russian animated characters have a special place in the history of animation – Cheburashka and Hedgehog in the fog. Cheburashka conquered all countries, from Sweden to Japan, and spawned many imitations.

Hedgehog in the Fog (1975) is no less popular than Cheburashka – people dedicate monuments to it, it is depicted on stamps and coins. In 2003, at a festival in Tokyo 140 animators from different countries called “Hedgehog in the Fog” the “animated film of all time.”

In Soviet times, more than 1,500 puppet, clay, and hand-drawn animation films were released.

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