The Little Fir Tree (Ель, 1984) by Anatoliy Solin

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The Little Fir Tree
Yel (ru)

Year 1984
Director(s) Solin Anatoliy
Studio(s) Ekran
Language(s) Russian
Genre(s) Christmas/New Year
Literature (non-Rus./USSR)
Animation Type(s)  Drawn (cel)
Length 00:10:06
Wordiness 14.45 profile Ru, En
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An exquisite little fir tree is curious about what he will become later. Based on the tale by Hans Christian Andersen.

In Western tradition, the tradition of dressing up a fir tree, giving gifts and sweets to each other or to children, a mythical bearded old man distributing the gifts, all stemming from pre-Christian traditions, are linked to Christmas. On the other hand, in Christian Orthodox beliefs the birth of Christ isn't celebrated around mid-winter, where the Gregorian Calendar puts it, but, following the Older Julian calendar, much later, around January 7. The mid-winter traditions therefore were linked to the New Year in the Russian tradition. The Father Christmas figure is named "Ded Moroz" in Russian (Ded = Old Man/Grandpa, Moroz = Cold, Chill, Cold Weather), commonly translated into English as Father Frost or King Winter. Originally, he was the personification of the winter's cold, and was responsible for its worst weather. In some Russian fairy tales, he continues living even in the summer in places such as the bottoms of wells.

Gradually, his character became softer, probably influenced by the Western traditions. From the 1930s onwards. The original tale (called "Grantræet") translated into english can be found here.

It is also available on Youtube here and here, but cannot be embedded on this site (an external plugin is required to watch it there with subtitles).



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