The Wolf and the Tailor (Vilkas ir siuvėjas, 1966) by Zenonas Tarakevicius

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The Wolf and the Tailor
Vilkas ir siuvėjas
Волк и портной
Vilkas ir siuvejas (lt)
Volk i portnoy (ru)
Вълк и шивач (bg)
Hunt ja rätsep (et)
Sói và gã thợ may (vi)

Year 1966
Director(s) Tarakevicius Zenonas
Studio(s) Kaunas Radio Factory
Language(s) (wordless)
Genre(s) Comedy
Animation Type(s)  Drawn (cel)
Length 00:07:34 profile Ru, En
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A tailor must escape a wolf in the woods, and then the whole wolf pack. The first Lithuanian 2D animation.

A 2022 Lithuanian article gives more details about the history of this film:

The director began creating it in 1958, knowing practically nothing of animation other than a childhood fascination with flip-books. Realizing that his character's legs were moving like lead, he decided to go to Moscow to study, first trying (but failing) to enroll in VGIK, and then taking the entrance exams for Soyuzmultfilm's animator courses. There, he was given a scene to animate from what would later be released as The Green Dragon (1962) of a witch throwing some sugar beets onto her back and running off. On the basis of his work, he was awarded a scholarship, When he attempted to deregister from his military registration in his hometown of Kaunas and register in Moscow, however, the Kaunas military commissariat refused to release him and instead immediately mobilized him for military service. After being released, he finished the film using medical film stock (the emulsion had to be washed off each one) and ancient equipment, but it was stolen. In 1962 he went to work at the Kaunas Radio Factory and started again, finishing a black and white version with Lithuanian title cards in 1964 with his colleagues' help. This was screened at the third republican (regional) film festival and won first place for the studio (this version does not seem to be online anywhere). In 1966, he finished a third, colour, version of the cartoon at Soyuzmultfilm, this time with Russian-language intertitles. Dozens of copies were made of this version, it was released in cinemas combined in a collection with other animated shorts, and even traveled to East Germany.

After this, he decided to adapt the Lithuanian folk tale "Sigutė", but with no budget, production stalled. Several decades later, the Lithuanian government finally gave him the budget for a 5-minute film, but he expanded it to 20 minutes and so had to look for other sponsors. The final film was only finished in 2021 or 2022.



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