Merry-Go-Round 4 (Весёлая карусель 4, 1972) by Galina Barinova, Leonid Nosyrev and Anatoliy Petrov

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Merry-Go-Round 4
Весёлая карусель 4
Vesyolaya karusel 4 (ru)
Lõbus karussell 4 (et)

Year 1972
Director(s) Barinova Galina
Nosyrev Leonid
Petrov Anatoliy
Studio(s) Soyuzmultfilm
Language(s) Russian
Genre(s) Comedy
Literature (Rus./East Slavic)
Animation Type(s)  Drawn (cel)
Drawn (not cel)
Length 00:09:20
Wordiness 10.24 profile Ru, En
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This film is part of the Merry-Go-Round series.


Includes: "About a Freaky Frog" (by Barinova, adapting Tsyferov's story of a conversation between a cow and a frog), "The Silent Hamster" (by Nosyrev, adapting Eduard Shim's story of a resourceful and underestimated hamster) and "A Merry Little Old Man" (by Petrov, adapting Daniil Kharms' poem).

The Russian texts can be found here: About a Freaky Frog (originally, part of a whole series of little stories about the frog), A Merry Little Old Man (in the cartoon, the 2nd and 3rd couplets switch order). "The Silent Hamster" screenplay was written for the cartoon, but here's a later version of it in more literary form: The Silent Hamster.

In a 2013 interview, Leonid Nosyrev revealed that the ending of "The Silent Hamster" had been shortened at the insistence of the censors. Originally, the hamster's monologue continued: "No one's seen it, no one knows of it, no one will pry. It's better to do things quietly." While he's speaking, his huge pile of grain sinks into a hole. The mole who'd followed the hamster to his burrow comes out of the hole and says "tss!". So the hamster is left with nothing.




I think Barinova's film is okay, but no more than that - she clearly hadn't found her unique voice yet and I like her later films much better.

I find Nosyrev's film to be just wonderful, and easily the best of the three. Excellent art style, animation, structure, funny dialogue, good music. Maybe even better if the ending hadn't been cut, though I can understand the censors' thinking - and it doesn't really hurt it, just takes away that extra layer. This was to be Nosyrev's last film for a "Merry-Go-Round".

Anatoliy Petrov's is my least favourite, and although it is superficially stylish, I find the main character and his senseless laughter annoying... a step down compared to "The Blue Meteorite".


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