The Snow Maiden (1952 film)

The Snow Maiden (Russian: Снегу́рочка; tr.:Snegurochka) is a 1952 Soviet/Russian traditionally animated feature film. It was produced at the Soyuzmultfilm studio in Moscow and is based on the Slavic-pagan play of the same name by Aleksandr Ostrovsky (itself largely based on traditional folk tales).[1] Music from Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov's opera The Snow Maiden is used, arranged for the film by L. Shvarts. The animated film was shown at movie theaters.

The Snow Maiden
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Directed byIvan Ivanov-Vano
Aleksandra Snezhko-Blotskaya
Written byOleg Leonidov
Aleksandra Snezhko-Blotskaya
Ivan Ivanov-Vano
Aleksandr Ostrovsky (play)
StarringV. Shvetsov
L. Ktitorov
V. Borisenko
Irina Maslennikova
Music byNikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
Edited byNina Mayorova
Release date
  • February 2, 1952 (February 2, 1952)
Running time
70 minutes
CountrySoviet Union
LanguageRussian

The film is listed as being in the public domain on the website of the Russian Federal Agency of Culture and Cinematography. [1] The film also lapsed into the public domain in the United States when its US copyright expired, but the copyright was restored under the GATT treaty. [2]

PlotEdit

Snegurochka (the Snow Maiden), the daughter of Spring the Beauty (Весна-Красна) and Ded Moroz, yearns for the companionship of mortal humans. She grows to like the Slavic god-shepherd named Lel, but her heart is unable to know love. Her mother takes pity and gives her this ability, but as soon as she falls in love, her heart warms up and she melts.

CreatorsEdit

Romanized Russian
Director-producer Ivan Ivanov-Vano Иван Иванов-Вано
Director Aleksandra Snezhko-Blotskaya Александра Снежко-Блоцкая
Scenario Oleg Leonidov
Aleksandra Snezhko-Blotskaya
Ivan Ivanov-Vano
Олег Леонидов
Александра Снежко-Блоцкая
Иван Иванов-Вано
Art Director Nadezhda Stroganova Надежда Строганова
Artists Y. Tannenberg
Irina Svetlitsa
V. Valerianova
I. Troyanova
Viktor Nikitin
G. Nevzorova
N. Fyodorova
O. Gemmerling
Lev Milchin
Е. Танненберг
Ирина Светлица
В. Валерианова
И. Троянова
Виктор Никитин
Г. Невзорова
Н. Фёдорова
О. Геммерлинг
Лев Мильчин
Animators Vladimir Danilevich
K. Malyshev
Grigoriy Kozlov
Faina Yepifanova
Nadezhda Privalova
Boris Butakov
B. Savkov
Roman Kachanov
Valentin Lalayants
Yelizaveta Komova
Roman Davydov
Tatyana Fyodorova
Konstantin Chikin
Mikhail Botov
Vadim Dolgikh
Vladimir Arbekov
Vyacheslav Kotyonochkin
Lidiya Reztsova
K. Nikiforov
Владимир Данилевич
К. Малышев
Григорий Козлов
Фаина Епифанова
Надежда Привалова
Борис Бутаков
Б. Савков
Роман Качанов
Валентин Лалаянц
Елизавета Комова
Роман Давыдов
Татьяна Фёдорова
Константин Чикин
Михаил Ботов
Вадим Долгих
Владимир Арбеков
Вячеслав Котёночкин
Лидия Резцова
К. Никифоров
Camera Operators Nikolai Voinov
Yelena Petrova
Николай Воинов
Елена Петрова
Sound Operator Nikolai Prilutskiy Николай Прилуцкий
Editor Nina Mayorova Нина Майорова
Vocals V. Shvetsov (as Bobyl Bakula)
L. Ktitorov (as Grandfather Frost)
V. Borisenko (as Lel)
Irina Maslennikova (as Snow Maiden)
В. Шевцов
Л. Ктиторов
В. Борисенко
Ирина Масленникова

Creation historyEdit

In the first half of the 1950s the Soyuzmultfilm studio releases known movies of the "classical" direction — mainly children's, often based on application of "eclair" (rotoscoping). During this period such well-known tapes as "The Tale of the Fisherman and a Small Fish" (1950), "Kashtanka" (1952) M. M. Tsekhanovsky, and "The Snow Maiden" (1952) I. P. Ivanov-Vano, etc. are removed. In the movie "Snow Maiden" the innovative artistic touch offered by V. A. Nikitin — use of luminescent paints was used.

The edition on videoEdit

In the early eighties the animated film started being issued the Videoprogramma Goskino of the USSR video company initially on import, since 1984 on the Soviet cartridges "VK Electronics". Since 1990 the animated film is released by the film association "Krupnyy Plan" on videotapes. In the mid-nineties Studio PRO Video published the animated film on VHS in the collection of the best Soviet animated films Frost Ivanovich, Wonderful Hand Bell, Sister Alyonushka and Brother Ivanushka, Vasilisa Mikulishna, Lie's Swans and The Tale of the Fisherman and Small Fish. Since 1995, the Union of Video studio republished this animated film on VHS.

From the first half the 2000s, the animated film was restored and released on DVD by Soyuz Video studio.

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Crump, William D. (2019). Happy Holidays—Animated! A Worldwide Encyclopedia of Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa and New Year's Cartoons on Television and Film. McFarland & Co. pp. 287–288. ISBN 9781476672939.

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