Jubilee (Юбилей, 1983) by Vladimir Tarasov

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Year 1983
Director(s) Tarasov Vladimir
Studio(s) Soyuzmultfilm
Language(s) Russian
Genre(s) Biography
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Animation Type(s)  Cutout
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Length 00:29:47
Wordiness 3.68
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1000 years in the future, a delegation of Soviet animators led by Ivanov-Vano screen a retrospective of their films for aliens. A look back at notable films in the history of Soviet animation.

At the time this was made, director Ivan Ivanov-Vano (who had been with Soyuzmultfilm studio from its beginning in 1936) was still around, working on what was to be his final film ("Tsar Saltan"). Whether or not it was related, it was after his departure in the mid-1980s (as well as that of several other notable directors) that things began gradually falling apart at Soyuzmultfilm, with the first major shoe to drop being the firing of Yuriy Norshteyn.

Footage from the following animated films and events is shown (the links will be updated as they appear on this site):

1927 - "Senka the African" (I. Ivanov-Vano, Yu. Merkulov, D. Cherkes) - the very first Soviet animated film for children
1928 - The Skating Rink (I. Ivanov-Vano, Yu. Zhelyabuzhsky)
1929 - "The Post" (M. Tsekhanovsky).
1934 - "Tsar Durandai" (I. Ivanov-Vano, V. Brumberg, Z. Brumberg)
1935 - "The New Gulliver" (A. Ptushko) - a full-length animated feature film
1936 - creation of the Soyuzmultfilm studio
1946 - "The Song of Joy" (M. Pashchenko), the first Soviet animated film awarded a prize at an international film festival (Venice, 1947) (or perhaps the first 2D one? "The New Gulliver" also won an award in Venice...)
1947 - The Little Humpbacked Horse (I. Ivanov-Vano, A. Snezhko-Blotskaya)
1948 - Little Gray Neck (L. Amalrik, V. Polkovnikov)
1955 - "Extraordinary Match" (M. Pashchenko, B. Dyozhkin)
1957 - "The Snow Queen" (L. Atamanov, N. Fyodorov)
1957 - "The Miracle-Worker" (A. Ivanov)
1960 - "The End of the Black Bog" (V. Degtyaryov)
1962 - "Who Said Meow?" (V. Degtyaryov)
1965 - "Boniface's Vacation" (F. Hitruk)
1966 - "My Green Crocodile" (V. Kurchevskiy)
1966 - "I am Waiting for a Hatchling" (N. Serebryakov).
1967 - "Mowgli" (R. Davydov)
1967 - "The Mitten" (R. Kachanov)
1973 - "The Fox and the Hare" (Yu. Norshteyn)
1973 - "The Nutcracker" (B. Stepantsev)
1974 - "Just You Wait!" #7 (V. Kotyonochkin)
1978 - "Contact" (V. Tarasov)
1970s - several shorts from the Merry-Go-Round series: "Antoshka" by L. Nosyrev and "Capricious Princess" by E. Nazarov

Also, the very last panoramic shots in the film include many other famous and less-famous characters from various Soviet animated films.




It's not very clear to me what anniversary this film was made for. Various articles say that it was for the "100 year anniversary of animation", but nothing notable happened in animation in 1883 other than the birth of American animation pioneer Max Fleischer, which would not be considered very important in the USSR. Conceivably it was for the 70th anniversary of Ladislas Starevich's films (1912-1913), but the film never even mentions them (probably because it wasn't the Soviet Union at the time, and Starevich fled the communists to live the rest of his life in France). Or for the first Soviet animation in 1923 by Dziga Vertov (which doesn't survive), but again, not mentioned in the film. Nothing notable happened in 1933.

Or perhaps it was for the 75th anniversary of Emile Cohl's Fantasmagorie (1908), often considered to be the first animation on celluloid film, or at least the first 2D animation where each image replaces the one before it, rather than stop motion. It's not mentioned in the film either, but this may just be because they didn't have a copy of it.


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