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USSR's violent farcical yet faithful adaptation of Stevenson's novel that combines animated sequences with live action parts. Two previous Ostrov sokrovishch films are edited together here. Return to Treasure Island is the cut US version.
This cartoon is simply wonderful. Brilliantly imaginative and incredibly funny, yet in rather simple, subtle ways, it tells the tale of making a film. The animation is, as much Russian/Soviet animation was at the time, rather simple. However, the animation is quite artistic in a stylized manner and is used so wonderfully and skillfully that it actually adds to the humour of the film and its entertainment value, rather than detracting from it. Some of the scenes in particular are utterly hilarious, although again in a rather understated manner.
Unfortunately, this seems very hard to find, which is a shame. The Russian/Soviet cartoon industry produced some real gems like this one, yet they seem to be essentially unknown outside the former Soviet Union. They also probably don't stand much chance in this modern commercial world against the visually intricate animation seen in so many Western/American cartoons, which is also a shame since Film, Film, Film is truly wonderful.
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