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Once Upon a Time there Lived a Dog (1982)

Zhil-byl pyos (original title)
An old dog and an old wolf help each other in times of need, by pretending to be enemies.

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Dog (voice) (as G. Burkov)
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Wolf (voice) (as A. Dzhigarkhanyan)
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An old dog and an old wolf help each other in times of need, by pretending to be enemies.

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At first, Wolf looked different but when he was voiced by Armen Dzhigarkhanyan, it turned out the drawn character didn't fit Dzhigarkhanyan's voice and he was re-drawn. See more »

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[first lines]
Narrator: In a small village, there once lived a dog.
[the Dog barks as the narrator speaks]
Narrator: All his life he did his job honestly, but then he grew old. His nose couldn't smell as well as it used to, his eyes were not as sharp as before, and his legs felt like they didn't even belong to him.
[the door of the house opens and a hand throws a boot at the Dog]
Narrator: His masters were kind people who put up with him anyway.
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dog and wolf in Ukrainian lore
9 December 2016 | by (Portland, Oregon, USA) – See all my reviews

Eduard Nazarov's adaptation of a Ukrainian folk tale depicts a dog and wolf who come up with creative ways to help each other (unbeknownst to the dog's owners). Seeing how the dog's owners treated him, it's no wonder that he joined up with the wolf to devise a scheme. The animation in "Zhil-byl pyos" (alternately called "Once Upon a Dog" and "Once Upon a Time there Lived a Dog" in English) isn't what we think of as advanced, but I don't care about the animation looks. I care about the plot, and there's a good one here, with some impressive voice work. A lot of these old Eastern Bloc cartoons are worth seeing. Certainly more interesting than the these animated features starring the celebrities of the moment. I recommend it.


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