Toell the Great (Suur Tõll, 1980) by Rein Raamat

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Toell the Great
Suur Tõll
Suur Toell (et)
Velký Tyll (cs)
Tõll el Grande (es)
Большой Тылл (ru)

Year 1980
Director(s) Raamat Rein
Studio(s) Tallinnfilm
Language(s) Estonian
Genre(s) Folklore & myth (Rus./USSR minorities)
War & battles
Animation Type(s)  Drawn (cel)
Length 00:14:11
Wordiness 2.64 profile Ru, En
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Toell the Great is the giant leader of the Estonian island of Saaremaa. When war comes to the land, he goes off to fight, but leaves his home unguarded from the local enemy...

There was also an accompanying illustrated children's book released - you can read it here (recommended).

The second video-link above is the Russian-language version of the film that was made around the same time (for distribution outside of Estonia), scanned from 35mm film in 2022 by Юрий Голубцов. It is in the original frame rate of 24fps, while the first video is in the TV frame rate of 25fps. Note that the Russian subtitles are not based on this version, but on a translation from Estonian.




The voice work in the Russian version isn't awful, but it's just not as good as the Estonian. And children who are too young to read probably shouldn't be watching this one anyway, so there really seems to be not too much reason for the Russian version to exist (other than it being standard practice at the time to make one - and apparently quite a lot of young kids back then across the whole country did end up watching this).


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