niffiwan (niffiwan) wrote,

Overview of upcoming Russian animated features: part 3

Our Masha in the Strawberry Country (Dec. 18, 2008)
The New Adventures of Alyonushka and Yeryoma (Dec. 25, 2008)

The Tale of Fedot the Strelets (official website)
Про Федота-стрельца, удалого молодца
Release date: January 1, 2009 (December 18, 2008)
Director: Lyudmila Steblyanko (her first film; she had earlier directed some episodes of the TV series Luntik and His Friends)
Studio: Melnitsa Animation Studio
Budget: $2-2.5 million
84 minutes

This film is based on one of the most famous written works of the late Soviet era, the play-poem of the same name written in 1985 by Russian writer and actor Leonid Filatov. The Wikipedia entry has more information about the poem and some links to English translations (very entertaining!). The film uses digital cutout animation, a first for Russian features (though most animated Russian shorts have been using it for years now). Melnitsa's Ilya Muromets and Nightingale the Robber, released last year, was the first Russian animated feature to make a profit.


Lots of images & photographs here:
Tags: feature film, melnitsa

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