Kursha Became Proud (Курша возгордился, 1984) by Gavriil Lavrelashvili

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Kursha Became Proud
Kursha Turned Haughty
Курша возгордился
Kursha vozgordilsya (ru)
Курша се гордее (bg)
Kurša läks uhkeks (et)
ყურშა გაყოყოჩდა (ka)

Year 1984
Director(s) Lavrelashvili Gavriil
Studio(s) Georgia Film
Language(s) (wordless)
Genre(s) Comedy
Domestic life
Animation Type(s)  Drawn (cel)
Length 00:09:52
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After doing several good deeds, the dog Kursha becomes overly proud and must be reminded of what is good and what is bad.

Scanned from 35mm film in Feb 2023 as part of the RuTracker animation scanning project.




Sheesh, some of these late Soviet Georgia-Film cartoons are really hard to look at...
It kind of seems like in the 1980s, they often stopped caring about drawing well and the quality of the animation degraded down to the studio's beginnings in the 1930s/1940s (or worse). It seems like they took longer to get the animation looking nice than most of the other studios, and then they backslid faster once country-wide standards began to slip (despite some great output in the mid 1950s and even some into the early 1980s).

Maybe the much simplified style used by directors such as Bondo Shoshitaishvili and Konstantin Matsaberidze in the 1970s is to blame.



I found this film to be very unique to all of the Middle Eastern cinema. This was also the style of Vietnamese animation in the 1980s and 1990s which was influenced by the Soviet Union, of course.





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Thanks for those videos! How odd to see Vietnamese "Nu, pogodi" sequels! I assumed those 4 videos weren't originally widescreen (they were for TV, weren't they?), so I viewed them through the DIY page here and set the "Adjust aspect ratio" to "0.75" to get the correct width.

Yes, I can see the resemblance. Though I don't think the animation style itself was influenced by the Soviet Union, just the characters! The weightlessness and really loose drawing style also reminds me of the early Georgia Film animated films from the 1930s and 1940s (although those had a higher budget). Like these ones up on culture.ru:

And this one on Animatsiya (the earliest one on this site currently)



Before the 2000s, most Vietnamese animators had to study in the Soviet Union and Russia in the form of aid. I heard that, when Vietnam had a civil war (as you know, in the 1960s-70s Canada sent military medical experts to South Vietnam), some East German and Soviet film experts also followed the secret route to Tây-Ninh war zone (Vietnam - Cambodge border) to help Vietcong learn filmmaking techniques, because these people are all very young and have low education. After reunification, these people combined with Southern film experts (most of whom were influenced by French animation, some even went to Hollywood to study professionally), so it's strange, in the 1980s our animation flourished. However, in the 1990s, there was a serious recession because of the "invasion" of Japanese animation. To be honest, young Vietnamese people don't know much about French, American, Russian and European-American animation in general.

So Đặng-Nhân-Lập is not a famous filmmaker ; here, I tried translating the film into English subs. So far it is still a classic one in Vietnam : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lTpFz8DxL30


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