Vasilisa the Beautiful (Василиса Прекрасная, 1977) by Vladimir Pekar

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Vasilisa the Beautiful
Василиса Прекрасная
Vasilisa Prekrasnaya (ru)
Překrásná Vasilisa (cs)
Vasilisa la hermosa (es)
Prekrásna Vasilisa (sk)

Year 1977
Director(s) Pekar Vladimir
Studio(s) Soyuzmultfilm
Language(s) Russian
Genre(s) Folklore & myth (Rus./East Slavic)
Animation Type(s)  Drawn (cel)
Length 00:17:59
Wordiness 9.2 profile Ru, En
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Prince Ivan Tsarevich must marry a frog and do battle against Koschei the Deathless. Adapted from classic Russian folk tales.




There was also a 1954 adaptation.

The plot points are almost the same, but here they are condensed into a shorter (more child-friendly) running time. The 1950s version used rotoscoping and had a dry sense of humour, while in this version a lot of attention is paid to the art direction and scene composition, and they are quite wonderful and memorable (it reminds me of the Hungarian animated feature "Son of the White Mare", or even of Valeriy Ugarov's Music Box with a Secret).

Koschei is much more of a presence in the 1950s version, while here he doesn't even appear. Actually, the art design for his kingdom at the end of the film seems rather rushed.

The music is excellent in both, though I might prefer this one.

Overall, both are quite good, and reflective of the best tendencies in the Soviet animation industry of their respective eras.


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