Merry-Go-Round 5 (Весёлая карусель 5, 1973) by Galina Barinova, Anatoliy Petrov, Gennadiy Sokolskiy and Valeriy Ugarov

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Merry-Go-Round 5
Весёлая карусель 5
Vesyolaya karusel 5 (ru)
Lõbus karussell 5 (et)

Year 1973
Director(s) Barinova Galina
Petrov Anatoliy
Sokolskiy Gennadiy
Ugarov Valeriy
Studio(s) Soyuzmultfilm
Language(s) Russian
Genre(s) Domestic life
Folklore & myth (Rus./East Slavic)
Literature (Rus./East Slavic)
Sci-fi & space
Animation Type(s)  Drawn (cel)
Length 00:09:33
Wordiness 13.17 profile Ru, En
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This film is part of the Merry-Go-Round series.


Featuring: "Isn't This Movie About You?" (Ugarov) - a girl makes a mess while her mom's away, "Who Is Grazing In the Meadow" (Barinova) - a farm animal riddle, "The Miracle" (Petrov) - kids in a futuristic city find something very special, "Tall Tales Face to Face" (Gennadiy Sokolskiy) - a man from far away relates the odd customs of his home.

The texts can be read here: #1, #3, #4.




The first film by Ugarov has rather "modern" musical harmonies and is the first appearance of the graphic style that would later be used in his excellent "Music Box with a Secret". Though the actual story is pretty similar to his first one in Merry-Go-Round #2. I tried to translate this one with rhyming couplets, but I think it came out a bit forced in a few lines.

The second film by Barinova (Anatoliy Petrov's wife) is a very simple riddle for children (that works better in Russian than in English, because the names of the animals all begin with "ko"). This seems to be the first time she did a painterly art style like the ones she'd later make in the early 1980s, such as "Cat Catafeyevich". Although by itself, her entry is sweet but nothing special - she wasn't yet the mature and visionary director she would become later.

The third film by Petrov is a successful return to a sci-fi theme and realistic style that he'd earlier used in "The Blue Meteorite", and would continue to use later. I quite like this one, only I wish he'd been as imaginative about showing what's special about the plant (e.g. by zooming in and seeing its fine details) as he was with the sci-fi machinery. Though on second thought, maybe it's fine as it is.

The last, by Gennadiy Sokolskiy, is one of the most characteristically "folk Russian" things you're likely to see and just impossible to translate well. I like it, but it definitely works better in the original language.


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