On Your Mark! (Вам старт!, 1979) by Lev Shukalyukov

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On Your Mark!
Вам старт!
Vam start! (ru)
Na start! (cs)
Khởi hành (vi)

Year 1979
Director(s) Shukalyukov Lev
Studio(s) Belarusfilm
Language(s) Russian
Genre(s) Sci-fi & space
Animation Type(s)  Drawn (cel)
Length 00:08:12
Wordiness 6
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A film about the first flights into the cosmos, adapted from a quartet of poems by R. Tarmola that raise a hypothesis related to the phenomenon of consciousness disturbances common when remaining too long in space.

In the chaos of consciousness, an astronaut suddenly recalls the clear images of his childhood, when he was a boy flying kites to catch butterflies on the riverbank. When he returned to Earth and woke up, the pilot found himself in the form of a child playing on the grass. The baby is dreaming about the future of becoming an astronaut to explore space.

The art director was Vladimir Tarasov, who also directed some impressive sci-fi animation of his own in the 1970s and 1980s.




There's another sci-fi animated short directed by Lev Shukalyukov for Belarusfilm, ''He Came Flying Only Once'' (Russian title: Он прилетал лишь однажды, 1978). There's an upload of the film on YouTube without subs: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fm4PQnmzrCE. The short relies more on images than dialogue, but it would be good if subs were made for it.

Another noteworthy Soviet sci-fi animation is ''The Blue Planet'' (Russian title: Голубая планета, 1971) made by Kazakhfilm, also on YouTube without subs: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eFhFq4mpEs4. It's very reminiscent of Rene Laloux's ''Fantastic Planet'' (1973), even though it was released two years before. Might be worth making subs for this too.

Just putting these out there. I know a little Russian, but not enough to make subs.

Great upload here btw.

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Thanks for the suggestions! I've added the Shukalyukov (although I wish the video was better quality). I'll try and get to "The Blue Planet" soon. I'd actually come across it before when going through Kazakhfilm's back catalogue, and had put it off for later. Its aspect ratio is wrong on Youtube, but that's easy enough to fix.

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If you want more suggestions please let me know.

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Well, you're free to send me a private message to me through the site any time with suggestions! I might even have subtitles for them already. There are still a lot of films I have subtitles for that aren't on the site yet because I try to check the translation for accuracy before I add anything.

I made Russian subtitles for "The Blue Planet", and will start on the English translation, but it may take a while because it uses "high style" poetry (just like this one). I'm not yet sure how long it will take!

I've seen "Fantastic Planet" and while I really like that film (despite an ending that feels too shallow and naive to me), I don't think there's much similarity with "The Blue Planet". Aside from both being widescreen animated sci-fi that's not very American...

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I'll definitely PM you with suggestions. The website is doing great work in making Soviet and Russian animation accessible to the world.

I also forgot to thank you for making subs for ''He Flew In Only Once''. Good job on that one.

When I was comparing ''The Blue Planet'' to ''Fantastic Planet'' I was talking about the surrealness of both films, even though they respectively use different animation styles: the former employs traditional animation while the latter uses cutout stop-motion. It's always refreshing to see non-US animation as they're different and sometimes thought-provoking.

As you can probably tell, science fiction is my favourite genre.



>Another noteworthy Soviet sci-fi animation is ''The Blue Planet'' (Russian title: Голубая планета, 1971)
Finally translated this one! Unfortunately, it has been uploaded to Youtube in a very incorrect aspect ratio and I had to fix it here with some trickery, but the tradeoff is that you get black bars on all sides.

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This is a great film from Belarusian cinema. It promotes the upbringing about the spirit of superiority to children whom in the future will shoulder the country. I have watched it over and over again, especially in hot and dry weather, but it never fails to inspire.


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