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The Fool of the World and the Flying Ship (1990)

Based on a Russian folk tale. A proclamation went out through all the land that whosoever could build a flying ship would win the hand of the Tsar's daughter. The youngest son of a simple ... See full summary »

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Based on a Russian folk tale. A proclamation went out through all the land that whosoever could build a flying ship would win the hand of the Tsar's daughter. The youngest son of a simple peasant shows up to claim her, and the dumbfounded Tsar quickly has second thoughts, setting several 'impossible" tasks for 'The Fool of the World' and his remarkable friends. Written by Jerry Andrews <jezandrews@attcanada.net>

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Vivid Version Of Old Russian Tale
3 April 2001 | by (Forest Ranch, CA) – See all my reviews

A silly, greedy Tsar is taught a valuable lesson in humility by the six very peculiar friends who arrive at the Kremlin with THE FOOL OF THE WORLD AND THE FLYING SHIP.

This old Russian folk tale, - produced by Cosgrove Hall, masters of the art of stop-motion animation - is most enjoyable viewing. The intricacy of the tiny costumes & sets are fascinating, while the amount of personality infused into each character model is quite remarkable. The boisterous humor of the scene depicting the banquet of the Forester's Wife is a special highlight.

The production is helped tremendously by the splendid voice cast. David Suchet narrates, Jimmy Hibbert voices the hero Pyotr, while several old pros - Maurice Denham, Robin Bailey & Miriam Margolyes among them - lend their considerable talents.


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