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Ma-ma (1977)

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The Big Bad Wolf and his friends are plotting to kidnap and ransom Mrs. Rada the Goat's children for a bag full of gold.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Lyudmila Gurchenko ...
Mikhail Boyarskiy ...
Oleg Popov ...
Saveliy Kramarov ...
Little Wolf (as Saveli Cremerov)
Valentin Manokhin ...
The Lynx (as Valentin Manohin)
George Mihaita ...
Florian Pittis ...
The Parrot (as Florian Pitis)
Vera Ivleva ...
Evgeniy Gerchakov ...
Natalya Krachkovskaya ...
Marina Polyak ...
Violeta Andrei ...
Paula Radulescu ...
Vasile Mentzel ...
Liliana Petrescu ...
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Storyline

Mrs. Rada the Goat tells her five children to behave while she goes to the fair, and under no circumstances open the door to anyone except her. But the Big Bad Wolf, Kostika (Titi) Suru, and his nephew, the Little Bad Wolf, along with friends Rassul the Lynx and Petrika the Donkey has made a plan to kidnap the children while their mother is away. And when the eldest child, Matei, decides to disobey his mother and visit the fair himself, things start to go badly for the goat-family. Written by Signy

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17 October 1977 (Soviet Union)  »

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There was an accident during the ice-skating scene, where 'Oleg Popov' fell on Lyudmila Gurchenko's leg, causing it to break. See more »

Goofs

In the English version Titi Suru's voiceover does not match the written ransom note. See more »

Quotes

[last spoken line]
Titi Suru the Wolf: Now what did I do wrong... this time? Forgive me, Rada, I shall never never do it again!
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A wonderful musical/movie for children (and adults)!
28 March 2008 | by (Norway) – See all my reviews

What can I say?... This is a unique musical/movie from the mid 70's, made in the eastern Europe, that I would recommend to everyone, especially children. It will touch them/you for life! It's not only fantastic songs (like the title "Ma-Ma"), that will stick in your brain for ever, there is also great dancing and skating that fit very well with the story. This is far superior to Hollywood productions, and so on.

The details of the houses in the village (and other scenes), and their originality, the great costumes and characters, makes this a joy to watch. Also, the use of lighting, colors, and special effects, makes it a visual gem.

The story is quite simple but very gripping. With the music, it's hard to not get a tear in your eye.

I watched it recently on Norwegian television with both children and adults. The children switched from hiding behind the sofa, being sad, to dancing around in the living room in joy. The adults (including me) started, almost at the same time, to sing or hum the title melody when it came. Even though I saw it the first time in the early 80's (I think), I still love it, and now I can really appreciate the quality of the dancing and skating, making it even better.

There were made at least two versions of this musical at the same time (not dubbed); One Russian and a English version. The English version is not perfectly clipped or synced (speach/sound), but good enough (originally).

The big problem today, is that the copies TV stations have is of poor quality (sound/picture), at least here in Norway. Also, they are in 4:3 format, and not cinematic like the original (widescreen). VHS copies (with English sound) is rear, and I don't think there is released a DVD version.

Here in Norway this musical is a classic. It was shown on national TV during the 80's until mid 90's, but have started again now (at Christmas time), and will probably do so the next years. That's the nice thing about classics, you never forget them, and you still want to watch them. Like this one.

If you haven't seen it, please do, especially if you have children.

I give it 10/10 because of the original English version. I will not reduce my vote because of the TV stations bad copy (and not cinematic/widescreen).


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