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Early Russian cartoon: The Returned Sun (+English subtitles)

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Duration: 9 minutes and 27 seconds
Year: 1936
Country: Russia
Language: Russian
Genre: Animated
Director: Olga Khodatayeva
Views: 225
Posted by: niffiwan on Jul 21, 2011

One of the very 1st cartoons made at Soyuzdetmultfilm (later renamed Soyuzmultfilm). Directed by Olga Khodatayeva in 1936, it shares themes with some of her other films, such as the 1928 "Samoyed Boy" and the 1944 "Stolen Sun". Unusually for cartoons made at the studio at this time, it doesn't attempt to imitate Disney wholesale, but seems to carry on the Soviet animation traditions from before the founding of the new central studio and the switch to cel animation. This is seen for example, in the wide selection of shading contours - such as white outlines.

At 2:46 and 7:45, you see some examples of the background moving instead of the character, in other words a tracking shot in animation. The first example of this in Hollywood was the 1935 Disney cartoon "Three Orphan Kitten".

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