The Enchanted Boy

The Enchanted Boy (Russian: Заколдованный мальчик, Zakoldovanyy malchik) is a 1955 Soviet/Russia traditionally animated feature film directed by Vladimir Polkovnikov and Aleksandra Snezhko-Blotskaya. The film is an adaptation of The Wonderful Adventures of Nils by Selma Lagerlöf. It was produced at the Soyuzmultfilm studio in Moscow.

The Enchanted Boy
Заколдованный мальчик
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Nils on Martin's back during their adventure across Lapland
Directed byVladimir Polkovnikov
Aleksandra Snezhko-Blotskaya
Written bySelma Lagerlöf (story)
Mikhail Volpin
StarringValentina Sperantova
Alexey Konsovskiy
Tatyana Strukova
Anatoly Kubatsky
Erast Garin
Georgiy Vitsin
Music byVladimir Yurovskiy
Edited byNina Mayorova
Production
company
Soyuzmultfilm (Soviet Union)
Release date
  • September 16, 1955 (1955-09-16) (Soviet Union)
Running time
46 minutes
CountrySoviet Union
LanguageRussian

The film's image and sound were recently restored by the Russian company Krupnyy Plan, which released it on video and DVD packaged together with Cipollino, a 1961, 40-minute feature film directed by Boris Dyozhkin. No English-subtitled version has been released.

PlotEdit

The naughty boy Nils, who delights in torturing animals, is bewitched by a tomte. Now shrunken to a small size and able to talk to animals, he flies across Lapland on the backs of wild geese. During these dangerous travels he does many noble deeds, and, at the same time, searches for the tomte who would take the spell away.

CreatorsEdit

English Russian
Director-producers Vladimir Polkovnikov
Aleksandra Snezhko-Blotskaya
Владимир Полковников
Александра Снежко-Блоцкая
Scenario Mikhail Volpin Михаил Вольпин
Art Directors Grazhina Brashishkitye
Lev Milchin
Roman Kachanov
Гражина Брашишките
Лев Мильчин
Роман Качанов
Artists Irina Svetlitsa
I. Prokofyeva
Pyotr Korobayev
Ирина Светлица
И. Прокофьева
Пётр Коробаев
Animators Konstantin Chikin
Tatyana Taranovich
Faina Yepifanova
L. Popov
Vadim Dolgikh
Boris Meyerovich
Lev Pozdneyev
Renata Mirenkova
Igor Podgorskiy
Fyodor Khitruk
Vladimir Krumin
Gennadiy Novozhilov
Boris Chani
Константин Чикин
Татьяна Таранович
Фаина Епифанова
Л. Попов
Вадим Долгих
Борис Меерович
Лев Позднеев
Рената Миренкова
Игорь Подгорский
Фёдор Хитрук
Владимир Крумин
Геннадий Новожилов
Борис Чани
Camera Operator Mikhail Druyan Михаил Друян
Composer Vladimir Yurovskiy Владимир Юровский
Sound Operator Nikolai Prilutskiy Николай Прилуцкий
Voice actors Valentina Sperantova (Nils)
Alexey Konsovskiy
Tatyana Strukova
Anatoly Kubatsky (Gnome)
Erast Garin (Martin)
Georgiy Vitsin (Rozenbaum)
Валентина Сперантова
Алексей Консовский
Татьяна Струкова
Анатолий Кубацкий
Эраст Гарин
Георгий Вицин
Editor Nina Mayorova Нина Майорова

Interesting factsEdit

  • For strengthening of an image artists gave to the leader of a horde of rats of line (a bang on the head) and manners of behavior of Adolf Hitler (it is remarkable that the actor Sergey Martinson sounding the Rat (in credits is absent) the first on the Soviet screen embodied Hitler in the movie "New Adventures of Shveyk").

VideoEdit

In the early nineties the animated film was released on videotapes by the film association "Krupnyy Plan", later in the middle of the 1990s — in the collection "The Best Soviet Animated Films" by Studio PRO Video, in the mid-nineties — in the collection of animated films of a film studio "Soyuzmultfilm" a videostudio "Soyuz", since 1996 was reissued by the same studio.

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