niffiwan (niffiwan) wrote,

By studio, by decade

Just a few statistics from the wiki. I thought it would be interesting to tally how many Russian animated films have been translated into English by studio, and by decade:

Out of 201 films:

95 - Soyuzmultfilm
17 - Ecran/Multtelefilm/Soyuztelefilm (from 1990)
11 - Peterburg
8 - Kievnauchfilm
5 - Pilot
3 - Animakkord, Belarusfilm, Flashcafe
2 - Sverdlovsk "A-Film" Animation Studio, Argus International, Armenfilm, Goskino, Gosteleradio, Master-film, Melnitsa, Mezhrabprom-Rus, National Television Company, SHAR School-Studio,
1 - 3rd Factory of Sovkino, Cinema-Moscow+, Leningrad factory of Sovkino, Animos Studio, Classica Film Studio, Dago, Legion, Soyuzfilm, Studio "Mult.RU", Sverdlovsktelefilm, Sverdlovsk Film Studio, Uzbekfilm

Also, 28 films (25 from the 2000s and 3 from the 1910s) were not made at a studio.

Now by decade:

1910s - 3
1920s - 6
1930s - 2
1940s - 9
1950s - 1
1960s - 20
1970s - 43
1980s - 46
1990s - 13
2000s - 58

Unsurprisingly, Soyuzmultfilm takes the lead by a wide margin. I think Pilot Studio is underrepresented, compared to the influence it has had since the fall of the Soviet Union and the high quality of its films.

The "decade" data is also interesting. I'm not surprised that there are just two films from the 1930s, as it was a turbulent decade for animation in the USSR. Some big projects begun in the first part of the decade were canceled in the middle, when all animation studios were ordered to combine into Soyuzmultfilm, move to Moscow, learn a completely different technique and make animation in Disney's style. The latter half of the 1930s doesn't have many good films, and a lot of films were also lost in WW2. Likewise, the lack of interest in the 1990s isn't too surprising either; a lot of the best talent either left animation or went to work for Western studios (sometimes temporarily, sometimes permanently). The lack of translations from the 1950s does surprise me, since it wasn't actually a bad decade for Soviet animation. Though perhaps there is a reason, after all: of all the decades, Russian animation from the 1950s may be the least suited to modern sensibilities. It is highly refined yet stagnant stylistically, features heavy use of rotoscoping, tends to be slow-moving, and is aimed at children more than usual. On the other hand, it's in the 1950s that the only Russian animated film that many Westerners have ever seen was made: "The Snow Queen" (1957) was dubbed into English and shown yearly at Christmas time for many years. All the Russian names were removed from the credits, so most people had no idea where it was made. But there are other beautiful films from that decade, and it doesn't deserve to be forgotten. Something to work on, I think. :)
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