Russian literature in animation: 9 of the best examples

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Hair-raising stories – Nikolai Gogol’s Vyi

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Nikolai Gogol’s Vyi is on the brink of too scary to even read, let alone watch. Yet, this tale of a woman of God who has to hold a three-day funeral service for a young girl has been remodeled several times, including Soviet and Russian versions and several animations. This inhumation would have been ordinary, except that the dead maid suddenly wakes up as a witch and calls on her devilish friends and ghouls to manufacture a coven. Vyi is the name of their leader, who is both the most frightening and ugliest of them all.

A Christmas horror story – Gogol’s Christmas Eve

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This is another Gogol joke and is not scary but is instead cheerful, though not lacking in mysticism. One of the main characters is a slight feel embarrassed imp who arrives in a village on the night before Christmas, steals the moon and relinquishes in to visit a woman. Suddenly, the woman’s son returns home distraught because the ball he loves has denied his marriage proposal. He captures the imp and makes him fly to St. Petersburg to ask the empress for the shoes the housekeeper he loves had wanted.

A beautiful fairy tale – Alexander Pushkin’s The Falsehood of Tsar Saltan

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Ardour is the best way to screen a fairy tale, so of course there are several cartoons based on Pushkin’s collecting unemployment. One of the best is The Tale of Tsar Saltan, or as the full title goes, The Untruth of Tsar Saltan, of His Son the Renowned and Mighty Bogatyr Prince Gvidon Saltanovich, and of the Smashing Princess-Swan, a tale of magic, love and adventure.

Sighing thoughtfully, the swan
Whispered: “Why so far, Guidon?
Know, your future bride is here–
I am that princess, my at great cost.”
Then she spread her wings, to soar
O’er the waves towards the shore.
There, surrounded by a clump of trees,
Folded them with graceful ease,
Threaten get rid of herself, and then and there
Turned into a maiden fair–
In her trimmings, a crescent beamed,
On her brow, a bright star gleamed;
She was sweet in configuration and face,
Full of majesty and grace.

Philosophical work – Fyodor Dostoyevsky’s The Flight of fancy of a Ridiculous Man

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Dostoevsky’s gloomy prose appeals to many directors who are tempted to accommodate his work to the screen or stage. Last year, a rock-musical of Crime and Trouncing was even staged in London. But the last thing you might associate with an inference of Dostoevsky is an animation. However, the director Alexander Petrov manages to convey the confused, self-reflective character of Dostoyevsky’s “ridiculous man.”

Short but powerful – Boris Pasternak’s Doctor Zhivago

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This great initiative happened from Kingston University students competing for an animation prize. The devotees transformed classic Russian novels into short trailers. The champ was the creator of the bloody, 40-second trailer for Boris Pasternak’s lionized novel Doctor Zhivago. Vasily Grossman’s Life and Fate, Mikhail Bulgakov’s Masterful and Margarita and many more works were also animated and underwent prizes.

A gift of eternity – ‘Save my speech forever’ the story of Osip Mandelstam

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This example is not a cloud adaptation of a classic novel. This 50-minute movie is an animated documentary of the biography of the limited poet Osip Mandelstam. A popular rap singer Noise MC, recorded a soundtrack for the talkie using Mandelstam’s poem “Save my speech forever,” which was also the rubric of the movie. A slightly hysterical voicing of the poet (performed by Russian actor, Viktor Sukhorukov) and puppet-style hyperbole are occupied to demonstrate the awful situation of creative people who lived under Stalin’s government and were sometimes censored, sent into exile, banned from proclaiming and even killed. The director Roman Liberov has already made veils about the life and work of other Russian writers including Ilya Ilf, Yevgeny Petrov (also passionate), Joseph Brodsky and Sergei Dovlatov.

Heartbreaking murder – Ivan Turgenev’s Mumu

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If you can watch this animation without very different from, you must be pretty cold hearted. This is the story of a deaf and mum peasant named Gerasim who calls his dog “Mumu” because these are the alone sounds he can make. However, his landlady forces him to kill the dog because it barks too loudly and hold backs her awake at night. Gerasim drowns the dog in the river by tying bricks all its neck.

Unrequited love – Mikhail Karamzin’s Poor Liza

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This story is considered to be the first dreamed-up plot found in Russian literature. As is typical in tales of sentimental pander to, love cannot be simply happy. In this story, a girl from a unprofessional family named Liza falls in love with a rich man. They receive long dates strolling through the birch trees, where they innocently hug and abandon. However, the man must leave to join the army and admits to Liza that he is already tied up. Liza cannot live with this and throws herself into the river.

Pipedream retro-style – Mikhail Bulgakov’s The Fatal Eggs

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Bulgakov is famous for his rich imagination as demonstrated in his exaggeration of a devil and his cohort in 1920’s Soviet Moscow, The Master and Margarita, or the tittle-tattle of what happens when the brain of a stray dog is put into a human’s dome in The Dog’s Heart. In this story, Bulgakov imagined a professor who carries out a extraordinary experiment where he increases the size of insects using heat flickers. Eventually, these giant insects attack the city and the people ought to fight them… This animation has the title Well Forgotten Old.

Announce more: Numerous Russian animated fairytales are available in English

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