This Must Not Happen... (Garsevan On Vacation) (Чтоб этого не случилось... (Гарсеван в отпуске), 1976) by Valentin Podpomogov

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This Must Not Happen... (Garsevan On Vacation)
Чтоб этого не случилось... (Гарсеван в отпуске)
Chtob etogo ne sluchilos... (Garsevan v otpuskye) (ru)
Để điều này đừng sảy ra... (Garsevan đi nghỉ mát) (vi)

Year 1976
Director(s) Podpomogov Valentin
Studio(s) Armenfilm
Language(s) Russian
Genre(s) Comedy
Domestic life
Animation Type(s)  Drawn (cel)
Length 00:09:14
Wordiness 2.33 profile Ru, En
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Chtob etogo ne sluchilos... (Garsevan v otpuskye)
Date: October 04 2023 16:54:45
Language: English
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Nature lover Garsevan encounters hooligan poachers while on vacation.

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

The video above can be watched only on YouTube (which is fine, as the only text is on signs at "1:05" and "6:05" saying "Nature Reserve")




Things that stood out to me about this one:
- The way Garsevan spends his time at the nature reserve is kind of unconvincing and it seems like he could've done most/all of that at a city park. I think the people who made this movie were not actually very outdoorsy people.
- Fun character designs for the three villains (although the trigger-happy yet miniscule caricature of an American cowboy is a bit... suspect)
- Robert Saakyants was one of the 3 animators (not mentioned on, though this was three years AFTER he started directing his own films
- the film is fundamentally pessimistic. The hapless main character ultimately can't do a thing to solve the problem of the poachers, other than escape to the moon with a few refugees (!). A decade or two earlier, at least in Soyuzmultfilm, no script editor would have allowed such a script to go to production - they would have likely insisted on adding some positive qualities to Garsevan that would have allowed him to solve the problem, or show a path for those watching the film to solve it. A decade later, in the Perestroika period, such hopeless plots became commonplace in the Moscow animation studios, too.


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