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Soviet Animation Is Something You Can’t Go Russian Into

Topics: Popular Media | Add A CommentBy admin | April 28, 2010

A seemingly endless well of Soviet-era animation is popping up on line for your perusal

This image actually has
nothing to do with animation.
I just like the imagery.

Last year we touched on some of the amazing Russian Flash Animation that’s out there, but I had no idea what an amazing body of work existed in terms of Soviet animation in general until I ran into this piece about 80′s Russian animation the other day. I’ve always had a mild fascination with things Russian; especially in the 80′s, when the cold war was sputtering out. I had a fair number of Russian military surplus caps, pins, and jackets, and loved the bold graphic style of Soviet propaganda posters. At the time the Soviet Union not only still existed, it was a dark and mysterious place in western eyes. I’ve also always enjoyed the tough-minded humorous attitude of my Russian friends, which is probably why I’ve threatened to run away and start a Balkan Funk Band. But that’s going to have to wait for a minute, because this Russian animation thing has triggered a wicked case of Wikiphilia, and I’ve got some YouTubing to do. The visual style of Russian animation prior to the 90′s is all over the map, and it’s hard to get a grasp on who did what and why. Some of the coolest stuff may or may not be politically-motivated, and all the best sources for this stuff are in Russian! So I’ve only included two clips below, but if you find this stuff intriguing you might start your trail with some things like this Soyuzmulzfilm channel on YouTube, or Wikipedia pages about the film studios Kievnauchfilm and Soyuzmultfilm.

“Battleground”, based on a story by Stephen King. Directed by Mikhail Titov

I love the shading style in this one. Now we know where the band “Aha” got their inspiration.

“Contact”, based on a story by Robert Silverberg. Directed by Vladimir Tarasov

It’s a little more Max and Lennon than Marx and Lenin

I think this woman is telling everyone to not tell us about all the cool Soviet animation: