Wednesday, May 16, 2007

Animatsiya - Russian animation


Well there is a new blog on the block, Animatsiya, and it is pointing it's telescope up into the night sky to bring news and reviews from the animated stars of Ursa Major! Niffiwan's (0r ESN) website is devoted to exposing, highlighting and translating Russian animation. He has just recently finished translating, The Cat Who Walked by Herself (shown above)! It is an obscure film that dates from 1988 and is based on a Rudyard Kipling short story. Here is the Wikipedia synopsis of it. This is great stuff! Not only is it laid out like a Russian feast for our viewing pleasure here but it is a film that is little known even to the Russian populace. So please take the time and watch this unknown feature length film clocking in at 1 hour 9 minutes. It uses various animation techniques and has a cool 'soundtrack'! Also, check out the rest of his blog and leave lots of comments of encouragement. Thanks for exposing this film for us. I will certainly raise a glass of vodka to that...URA!

5 comments:

Miguel said...

UH nice blog. :)
I´m discovering russian animation myself(lately, though) via animation festivals and there are wonderful stuff. From the masters of sovietic era Khitruk http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fyodor_Khitruk is a master. And Mikhail Aldashin is awesomw too, poetry and comical vein in perfect balance.
Keep the good work, I love the blog!

Niffiwan said...

By the way, if you check the comments for my blog entry, you'll find a link to a higher-quality version of the film.

I've also (almost) translated another wonderful feature film from the same time period, over here:

http://niffiwan.livejournal.com/3062.html

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