History of Soviet Puppet Animation
A series that tells the history of Soviet puppet animation by means of an anthology of puppet animation together with brief texts.

10xDVD | PAL | 47 Gb + 3% rec
Language: Russian and others
Subtitles: English
Genre: Animation

DVD 1 - Remains and New Beginning:
1937 - Time of the first colored animations, showing 2 beautifully in 2010 restored, animations from Sarra Mokil and Aleksandr Ptushko.
1954, 1955 and 1956 - The time of restart of soviet animation in 1954, after a production stop for puppet animation of 15 years, where much had te be reinvented again, after a war in which especially many of the Leningrad ( puppet) animation staf had not survived, and the rest had went on to other employment. Represented by 2 animations of Vladimir Degtyarev, 1 of Anatoly Karanovich, 1 of Roman Davydov.
1959 - An animation of the pioneer of Estonian puppet animation Elbert tuganov, founder of the team at Tallinnfilm that later became Eestic Nukud film studio, today one of the most renomated stop-motion studios of the world still going strong.

DVD 2 - From Theater Dolls to Animation Puppets:
This time with an example of the Soviet Puppet theater of Sergey Obraztsov, which indirectly played an important role in the devellopment and continuance of Soviet Puppet animation, in his 1976/77 staged Don Juan, a puppet theater play completely told using fake languages.
Further: "Pencil and Blot: lively hunters", in 1954 the first puppet animation (a slapstick animation) in 15 years, told with actual newly develloped animation dolls.
The 1955 "Capricious Julia"( Yulya-Kaprezulya), an animation directed & art-directed by 2 Obraztsov eductated artists.
And lastly, presented in a contrast, 3 Czech animations by Trnka, Zeman and Tyrlova representing the peak of puppetfilm achievements of the time-period

DVD 3 - The Onset of the Khrushchev Thaw:
The central theme of this DVD is the role of the Soyuzmultfilm puppet association, founded at the start of Khrushchev’s reign 1953/1954, in the development of the Khrushchev thaw from 1954 till 1961. “Ottepel”- the thaw is often exclusively seen as a liberation of arts, but nfirst of all, the first 6 years it was a social-political development. A liberalisation and de-stalinisation of society as such, that got supported and translated into animation by the Soyuzmultfilm puppet-association, in contrast to the more conservative soyuzmultfilm management , artistic board and the hesitating cell animation division, whom it took until 1960 before signs of “Ottopel” where showing. From that date onward animation came free the dogma of social realism.

DVD 4 - The Evolution of Telling a Tale:
The central theme of this DVD is the emancipation of story telling in the Khrushchev thaw era evolving into artistic freedom in visualisation of animation from 1957 to 1961 told in 8 russian animations and 3 Polish ones used as parallel as well as contrast to the Russian devellopment.
Contained DVD 3 politically charged animation meant mostly for grown-ups, this one focusses on stories for children and the evoluation of that genre at the time.

DVD 5 - To '62 and Beyond:
The central theme of this DVD is the definited break free in 1962 of the dogma of Social realism during the Khrushchev thaw in what Joseph Boyarsky, "who brought the world Yuri Norstein, Vadim Kuchevsky and the like", called the renaissance of Russian Puppet animation.
It contains the first puppet association, feature film "The bath (house)" ('62) By Anatoly Karanovich & Sergei Yutkevich, "The flying proletarian" ('62) & "Moskvichov" ('63) by Boyarsky himself ( Moskovichok was the debut of Yuri Norstein at the (puppet-association) 2 animations on the theme of the Khrushchev era religion policy, and 3 other animations typical for the fase of devellopment of Russian animation at the time.

DVD 6 - New Ways & New Beginnings:
This part focussing on the puppet animations made at the soyuzmultfilm puppet-association between 1962 and 1965 by new directors ( Vadim Kurchevsky, Nikolai Serebryakov, Ivan Ufimtsev, Michael Kamenetsky & Inessa Kovalevskaya) and new types of scripts ( Vladimir degtyarev skript by Alexander Kumma & Sakko Runge for instance) and also a new animationstudio (Kievnaugh studio)with a Nina Vassilenko animation that was partly stopmotion. As extra put in contrast to 2 German puppet animations. 1 from east germany by kurt Weiler and 1 from west germany by Boris Borisholm. All animations represent the new spirit called in by the Krushchev thaw during the final years of Krushchev's reign.

DVD 7 - Aja Meistrid (2008):
"Aja meistid" is a great documentary about the fathers of estonian puppet animation Elbert Tuganov and Heino Pars.

DVD 8 - The Baltic Experience:
Where part 7 of this series consisted of a retail documentary that included 4 their animations about Elbert Tuganov and Heino Pars, part 8 is a DVD focusing on the work of both between 1961 and 1968, but also includes the works of the Latvian Arnold Burovs. Starting with 2 early works of Tuganov ( Ott in the cosmos, 1961) and Pars (His debut: The little scooter 1962) it ends with works of them they spread out their wings a little wider (Over mountains, overseas 1967, Johnny and his 7 friends 1967). Burovs is represented by his debut from 1966 and with one of the most appealing works of his first period of creation ( Mad Dauka 1968) His works in this period are bright and colorfull and made with astounishing craftsmanship. They're much more lighthearted then the ones in his later, darker toned, periods.

DVD 9 - Ivan Ivanov-Vano's Nostalgia:
Ivan Ivanov-Vano, sometimes called the patriarch of Soviet animation, joined the soyuzmultfilm puppet association in 1960. First as artistic director, a position he soon transferred to Iosiph Boyarski. Ivanov-Vano entered a second youth (or third, or even third and forth if you like) experimenting with a divers set of techniques and styles, several of which are seen as the artistic peek of his long career and brought him international fame.
Represented here are: Levsha ( the left-hander, 1965) and How 1 man fed 2 generals (1965) both papercut animations and The Legend of the Cruel giant, 1967, a lesser know puppet animation. The 2 other Russian animations show the influence of Ivano-vano and Boyarski on the other directors in the association.
All animations on this DVD share Ivanov-Vano's interest in his puppetassociation days (1960-1972) for the Russian Literature of the "Golden age"(1830-1890) and "Silver age" (1890-1930) & Icon painting. The silver age is represented by a typical Czech work from 1948 taking place in an early 20th century pre-revolution setting

DVD 10 - The Baltic Experience - Arvo Part:
At the centre of this DVD are the puppet animations the Estonian composer Arvo Part, the most famous living composer in the world, made music for in the beginning of his career from 1962 till 1974, after which time his world career started to expand beyond Estonia. In 1962 he was asked by Heino Pars, while he was still a student, for Pars first puppet animation. He made 15 works for puppet animations and 4 more for drawn animation after that. He made, amongst others, all music for Pars' puppet presented nature documentaries. 4 of those between, made between 1966 and 1973, & 2 wordless animations made in 1973 & 1974, are the core elements of this DVD. 2 more Latvian puppet animation by Arnold Burovs from 69 and 71 complete the DVD.

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