Film Archive

Jahr

Eisbahn

Animated Film
Soviet Union
1927
7 minutes
subtitles: 
Russian Captions

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Studiya Meshrabpom
Yuri Zhelyabuzhsky
Daniil Cherkes, Ivan Ivanov-Vano
Nikolay Bartram
The film needs only a few delicate lines to visualise gliding joyfully on an ice rink, and the unrestrained enjoyment of moving fast – the elegant line as a stick figure. One of the studio’s earliest animated films.
– Günter Agde

Kasperles Abenteuer

Animated Film
Soviet Union
1927
20 minutes
subtitles: 
Russian Captions

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Yuri Zhelyabuzhsky
Yuri Zhelyabuzhsky, Samuil Bendersky
Margarita Benderskaya
Yuri Zhelyabuzhsky
Out of the spirit of a wooden doll, mixed animation is born. A wood carver in a Moscow toy museum shows a group of children how he works: he carves a Punch doll from a piece of wood which comes alive and amuses the children with various pranks. The film’s special charm lies in its elegant combination of real life and fairytale scenes.
– Günter Agde

Moidodyr

Animated Film
Soviet Union
1927
8 minutes
subtitles: 
Czech Captions

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Studiya Meshrabpom
Mariya Benderskaya
Samuil Bendersky
The ancient tale of the boy who is afraid of water in a version adapted to the Soviet life of the time. The fight between a boy who doesn’t want to wash and a washstand with human traits is amusing and brimming with effects. The washstand gets on the boy’s nerves until the recalcitrant child has washed himself completely. This puppet animation is based on a popular children’s poem by Konstantin Chukovsky which was to be adapted on film several times.
– Günter Agde

Münchhausens Abenteuer

Animated Film
Soviet Union
1929
18 minutes
subtitles: 
Russian Captions

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Studiya Meshrabpom
Daniil Cherkes
Daniil Cherkes, Ivan Ivanov-Vano, Vladimir Suteyev, Vera Valerinanova
Daniil Cherkes, Nataliy Saz
The adventures of Baron Munchhausen provided an excellent model for this animated cartoon: the noble seigneur’s tall tales of pursuits, rides through the air and dangerous encounters with wild animals and their surprising twists form a fantastic template for the drawing skills and visual elegance of the Mezhrabpom-Film animation department.
– Günter Agde

Senka der Afrikaner (Krokodil Krokodilowitsch)

Animated Film
Soviet Union
1927
16 minutes
subtitles: 
Russian Captions

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Studiya Meshrabpom
Daniil Cherkes, Yuri Merkulov, Ivan Ivanov-Vano
Leonid Kosmatov
Yakov Urinov, Daniil Cherkes
A dream of Africa: a young pioneer from Moscow dreams himself to the faraway continent, has several bold adventures there and sees strange animals and unknown natives. He effortlessly flies everywhere and finally returns to his room in Moscow. This animated film combines real life scenes and riotous cartoon animation.
– Günter Agde