Proving Ground (Полигон, 1977) by Anatoliy Petrov

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Proving Ground
Firing Range
The Shooting Range
Poligon (ru)
Polygon (cs)
Polügoon (et)
Poligon (vi)

Year 1977
Director(s) Petrov Anatoliy
Studio(s) Soyuzmultfilm
Language(s) English
Genre(s) Literature (Rus./USSR minorities)
Sci-fi & space
War & battles
Animation Type(s)  Drawn (cel)
Length 00:09:44
Wordiness 13.23 profile Ru, En
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A military scientist invites the high command to a demonstration of his new, advanced autonomous weapon system. Based on an anti-war military science fiction story by Sever Gansovsky.

Winner of the First Prize at the Yerevan Film Festival (USSR, 1978). This film became known in the West largely thanks to being included in the "Masters of Russian Animation" VHS/DVD series, first released in 1997. That version can be viewed on Youtube here (hardsubbed, with a slightly less accurate translation).

Based on Gansovsky's short story "Poligon" (1966 Vokrug sveta #9; trans Matthew J O'Connell as "The Proving Ground" in View from Another Shore, anth 1973, ed Franz Rottensteiner; trans Roger DeGaris as "Testing Grounds" in World's Spring, anth 1981, ed Vladimir Gakov), upon which Walter M Miller's "I Made You" (March 1954 Astounding) seems to have been an influence. (source)



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