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Overview of upcoming Russian animated features: part 13

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 (Feb. 19, 2009)
Star Dogs: Belka and Strelka (Dec. 31, 2009)
Alien Pile (likely 2009)
A Room and a Half, or A Sentimental Journey to the Homeland (likely 2009)
Little Muk and the Pirates of the Caspian Sea (maybe 2009)
Kin-dza-dza-dza! (2010)
The Ugly Duckling (~2011)
Blue Beard (????)

New Buttermilk Village (official website (Russian))
Новое Простоквашино
Release date: ?
Director: Yelena Barinova
Studio: Soyuzmultfilm
Budget: 6 million rubles for first 26 minutes
~78 minutes

Some images:



A feature-length sequel to the trilogy of Buttermilk village films released in 1978, 1980 and 1984. Based on "Uncle Fyodor's Aunt", a 1995 book by Eduard Uspenskiy; a follow-up to the original stories written by that same well-known children's writer. It is being made as three 26-minute films, to be later combined together.
The first 26-minute part of the film is already finished, but the future of the project is unclear; writer Eduard Uspenskiy decided to leave to project in October 2008:

"As the screenplay was not finished, finalized and officially turned over for their use by me, the agreement between myself and the Creative Studio Soyuzmultfilm is null and void."

Mr. Uspenskiy says that the conflict arose because of a letter sent from Deputy Russian Minister of Culture Aleksandr Golutva on Sept. 10, 2008, where it is written that all the rights to the animated film belong to the organization which is responsible for shooting it. In this case it is "Soyuzmultfilm". "They're trying to take our characters away from us," exclaims Eduard Uspenskiy, "and my decision is a reaction to the Ministry's letter."

The writer Grigoriy Oster figures that Golutva's letter is missing the position of the Ministry of Culture of the Russian Soviet Federative Socialist Republic of 1964, where it was said regarding script authors and other persons that "the copyright belongs to each of them for their own work". "And so, the Deputy Minister of Culture with one letter transferred all the archive reels and rights to all the characters made at Soyuzmultfilm even in Soviet times to the Creative Studio Soyuzmultfilm," objects Mr. Oster.

Akop Kirakosyan, director of Soyuzmultfilm, does not plan to stop work on the film: "We are carrying out the governmental order and making the film. All our documents are in correct order with the government. It gave us resources with which we are making "New Buttermilk Village". According to Kirakosyan, Uspenskiy had an agreement with Soyuzmultfilm for which he was paid. "We have completely settled our debts with him and are now making the film. Uspenskiy is a writer, an author of the screenplay, and no more than this," says Kirakosyan."

P.S. Via 63koval, a symptom of the original films' high popularity:

(a statue recently erected near Moscow)
Tags: feature film, soyuzmultfilm

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