The Wolf and the Seven Little Goats (Волк и семеро козлят, 1938) by Sarra Mokil

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The Wolf and the Seven Little Goats
Волк и семеро козлят
Volk i semero kozlyat (ru)

Year 1938
Director(s) Mokil Sarra
Studio(s) Mosfilm
Language(s) Russian
Genre(s) Comedy
Folklore & myth (Rus./East Slavic)
Animation Type(s)  Puppet
Length 00:13:08
Wordiness 8.34 profile Ru, En
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Volk i semero
Date: July 10 2023 08:51:22
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Creator(s): Niffiwan

Volk i semero
Date: July 10 2023 08:52:56
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A goat asks her seven kids not to open the door to anyone, especially the wolf who's trying to trick them and steal them away. Based on the Russian folk tale.

This was the fourth animated film to be released by Mosfilm that used the Soviet colour film method of Pavel Mershin. It premiered in June 1938, and restored from the colour-separated negatives by Gosfilmofond in 2011.

Please note that both the Russian transcription and the English subtitles are uncertain in a few spots - if anyone can help with that, please do.




Though this has its charms (escaping from the wolf's belly with scissors is... novel), I prefer the 1950s animated adaptation. I also think that Sarra Mokil's earlier puppet films were better (she apparently made one more after this, but it doesn't seem to be online anywhere).



Great find, Niffiwan, I've been looking for this animation of years, ever since I saw it had been restaurated!

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I'm glad you could finally see it! Cynir was the one who found it, actually - it's been on the site since April. But it only just appeared on the main page since I only just now translated it (even though I still can't make out a few lines). There are some other interesting videos on that Youtube channel that I've been adding to the site, with my favourite so far being a nice copy of the 1948 The Hunting Rifle, though the colour versions of 1938's Ivashko and Baba-Yaga and Puss in Boots were also really nice.

The "holy grail" as far as I'm concerned now would be the colour version of the 1943 Tale of Tsar Saltan. As far as I can tell, it seems to be done and premiered at the "Belyye stolby" film festival in 2020, but it hasn't been seen anywhere since. I think it's actually quite a good film and it would be a real treasure if that could be seen.


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