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Overview of upcoming Russian animated features: part 5

Previously:
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 (Jan. 1, 2009) (Dec. 18, 2008)
Ivan Tsarevich and Grey Wolf (Feb. 1, 2009)

Alice's Birthday (Wikipedia, official website)
День рождения Алисы
Release date: February 19, 2009
Director: Sergey Seryogin
Studio: Master-Film
Budget: about $2 million? Looks like that number was up for a while on the Panorama site but then removed.
80 minutes

A family-friendly science fiction film which will inevitably be compared to the 1981 Mystery of the Third Planet. It is an adaptation of a story from the same series of books. The interesting visual style harkens back to late Soviet-era children’s book illustrations. According to the official website, the film is already completely finished and waiting for release visual part of the film is already completely finished, and they're now working on the sound.

Videos: Interview with the director and a video of the screening of ~20 minutes of the unfinished film in May at Eurocon with director's commentary (all in Russian)

Trailers:


(two other trailers here, an old trailer here)

Chatter: Forum devoted to this film, topic about the film at prodisney.ru
English chatter: Cartoon Brew, Twitch


Comparison of Gromozekas:
1974 (by Migunov, from the book):
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1981:

2004 (concept art):
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2008:

(the art director for the film is Sergey Gavrilov)

Some more 2004 concept art:


The design of Alice was changed to look like Kir Bulychyov's daughter did when he wrote his books:


Other: Photos of the actors and creators
Tags: alice's birthday, feature film, master-film
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