Cheburashka is a creature unknown to science. After the zoo rejects him, he becomes lonely and wants friends. Meanwhile, a crocodile named Gena is in the same boat and seeks friendship. The two meet and build a house for the lonely.
Obsessed with perfecting his craft, young gemcutter Danilo visits the mystical Copper Mountain to uncover the secret behind its infamous attraction - the Stone Flower, a stone carving so captivating that no one can leave after seeing it.
A palace steward conspires with bandits to kidnap an infant czar's son and an orphan adopted by the czar, replacing the prince with the steward's son. Two decades later the true prince and his foster brother are slaves in a quarry, the changeling grew up as a prince, and his mother has been elevated to the highest position in the state for "saving" the prince, but losing her own child. Then the brothers escape, the changeling prince departs to fight an immortal wizard and vanishes, and the brothers have to deal with the wizard. Which includes stealing a bird-woman from a Mid-Eastern khan and figuring where the wizard's death is. Loosely based on a 19th century opera inspired by Russian folk tales. Written by
Aleksandr Ostrovskiy wrote the outline for operetta "Ivan-Tsarevich" ("Prince Ivan") in 1860s - 1-2 paragraphs per actor per scene - and drafted first 7 parts out of 16. It wasn't finished, because the theater decided to commission a musical fairytale from a different playwright. Yuli Kim reworked the draft for staging in 1979, removing a number of characters and scenes and adding his own songs and the final. See more »