Jirtdan (Cırtdan, 1969) by Yalchin Efendiyev

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Cirtdan (az)
Джиртдан (ru)

Year 1969
Director(s) Efendiyev Yalchin
Studio(s) Azerbaijanfilm
Language(s) Azeri
Genre(s) Folklore & myth (Rus./USSR minorities)
Animation Type(s)  Cutout
Length 00:10:25
Wordiness 2.06
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Despite his small stature, a child uses his cunning nature to defeat the "div" – a large, hairy, child-eating monster – and lead himself and his brothers to safety. Based on an Azeri folk tale. One of the first Azeri animated films.

In fact, the first Azeri animated film was 1935's "Misfortune of Abbas", but when WW2 broke out all animated productions at the studio ceased. "Jirtdan" was the first animated film to be made in the republic after an animation workshop at Azerbaijanfilm was once again opened in 1965.

It survived as a single 35mm positive. In 2022, its restoration was financed by Kino Klassika, after which it was scanned and restored in 4K by Fixafilm in Warsaw, with colour grading supervised by Elchin Hami Akhundovthe (the film's assistant art director).




This film seems like "Dam Jong the Braveman" from Vietnam.



Loved the art and technique on this one! Might bookmark for future reference

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Azerbaijan's animated films seem to have been a lot lesser-known than Armenia's in the USSR, as a whole, and there are only a few of them on this site. I'll have to see if I can find anything else that's interesting from there.

As for my own thoughts, I too thought this had a rather characteristic and interesting art style. But as animation, things don't MOVE that well (though not terribly, either), and I found it was sometimes so distracting that it was hard to tell what was going on.

Though I never got entirely lost - the story's pretty straightforward, after all. And things become clearer on a second viewing.

Very nice music (usually a strong point of films from the southern USSR regions).

Sound effects/voices were distractingly "wacky". I'm not sure it was really necessary to go THAT far. It made it harder for me to relate to the characters.

Overall, a bit mixed. Although, very good and daring for a first attempt.

It seems, unless I'm mistaken, that the director of this never returned to animation afterwards...

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I agree in a lot of this! I was looking for more info of the director but couldn't find more stuff more than his profile on animator.rus, which is a shame because I wanted to see more stuff exactly like this oof. Cut out is one of my favourite animation techniques recently, and every film is different in aesthetic but this one in particular caught my eye. I was wondering if this has a name?

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>I was wondering if this has a name?
Well, it's based on Azeribaijani carpet art... so I guess that would be the place to look, if there's a particular name for it. I think the name would be the name of that particular carpet art style...

It is precisely one of the strengths of cutout animation that it allows for a wider range of visual styles (at the cost of being harder to animate smoothly).


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