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Soviet approach to a familiar story
25 July 2016 | by (Berlin, Germany) – See all my reviews

"Gadkiy utyonok" is an animated short film from the Soviet Union that was made by director Vladimir Degtyaryov back in 1957, which means this one will have its 60th anniversary next year. The writer is Georgi Beryozko and he adapted Hans Christian Andersen's famous story back then. It's the about the ugly duckling, who gets insulted and disrespected by everybody else (other ducks his age and adults) because they all consider him ugly not realizing that he is actually a swan. But the awakening comes at the end and the "duckling" shines with his great majestic beauty. I must say I like the Disney version better than this one here. The voices are something to get used to, at least for me, and sometimes it just felt like too much of a tearjerker. But it's still a pretty good film that profits a lot from the touching story it is based on. I recommend the watch. 16 minutes worth seeing for sure.


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