The Vultures (Стервятники, 1941) by Panteleymon Sazonov

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The Vultures
Стервятники
Stervyatniki (ru)

Year 1941
Director(s) Sazonov Panteleymon
Studio(s) Soyuzmultfilm
Language(s) Russian
Genre(s) Politics
War & battles
Animation Type(s)  Drawn (cel)
Length 00:02:15
Wordiness 1.92
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Subtitles:
Stervyatniki.1941.en.1.24fps.1660972510.srt
Date: August 20 2022 05:15:10
Language: English
Quality: good
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Creator(s): FBJ, Niffiwan


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Description:

Vultures/Nazi warplanes attack the USSR but are beaten back by defending Soviet aircraft.

The USSR commissioned several of these cartoon political war satires in the first 1-2 years of the war from its Moscow, Leningrad and Tbilissi animation studios. In the later years of the war, the animation studios focused their efforts mostly on traditional children's stories.

Animator.ru erroneously lists this cartoon as being lost. In fact, the cartoon exists and was released on the American DVD set "Animated Soviet Propaganda". But for some reason, the original soundtrack in it seems to have been replaced after the first minute - the music we hear is "March of the Artillerymen", which was only written in 1943, two years after the cartoon was made. Also, there are no sound effects. Other cartoons in that DVD collection were also modified in various ways (without these modifications being acknowledged anywhere), sometimes seemingly to remove spoken dialogue to make them more accessible for the Western audience.

The video above is a fan restoration in which the hard-subs have been manually removed, and different music has been chosen after the 1-minute mark. Fyodor Zaytsev writes: "I changed the sound design a little - it is absurd to destroy Nazi aviation to the tune of "March of the Artillerymen". Nikolai Pavlovich Ivanov-Radkevich's march "Captain Nikolai Gastello" of 1941 is much more appropriate here..."

A better quality version of the video can be downloaded at this magnet link: magnet:?xt=urn:btih:634037344F6AEAB897F084A0DBD014B791CB4881

 

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