Watch the Birdie (Сейчас вылетит птичка, 1983) by Iosif Samsonadze

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Watch the Birdie
And Now the Bird Will Fly Out
Сейчас вылетит птичка
Seychas vyletit ptichka (ru)

Year 1983
Director(s) Samsonadze Iosif
Studio(s) Georgia Film
Language(s) Russian
Genre(s) Comedy
Animation Type(s)  Drawn (cel)
Length 00:08:08
Wordiness 2.61
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Description:

A photographer uses a little birdie to help with taking photos, but one day somebody steals it, and his animals friends must rescue it.

The origin of the phrase "watch the birdie" (in Russian, it is actually "now the little bird will fly out") goes back to the early days of photography in the late 19th/early 20th centuries. In order to get children to sit still for photographs so that they wouldn't end up blurry, photographers used to use a mechanical bird that would sing and sometimes flap its wings. Children would stare at the bird mesmerized, without moving, and the picture would turn out a success. In time, the birds went away, but the phrase stuck around - it is still very widespread in Russia, even more than in the English-speaking countries.

For a video of what one of these birds looked and sounded like, see 5:45 in this video. An article about their history can be read here in English + German and here in Russian.

 

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