Adapted from the Andersen tale and played out in musical comedy mode, The Ugly Duckling is set in a farmyard where roosters, hens, ducks and geese live and lay eggs together. One fine day, ...
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Adapted from the Andersen tale and played out in musical comedy mode, The Ugly Duckling is set in a farmyard where roosters, hens, ducks and geese live and lay eggs together. One fine day, a rooster discovers a giant egg behind the farmyard kingdom fence, and discreetly slips it into the clutch laid by his partner... Very soon, a cygnet emerges, but as he in no way resembles any of them he is immediately stigmatized by the whole farmyard, enduring humiliations and suspicion on the part of his feathered companions. But in the end he becomes a magnificent white swan. Written by
Locarno Film Festival
The budget of the film is $1.5 million. Garri Bardin, being the producer, collected 500 thousand from many sources himself and one million was provided by the Russian Ministry of Culture. According to Bardin, the budget was still so tight that he had to pay salaries to his staff out of the film's take. It is unknown whether he did because, according to Kinopoisk.ru, the revenue from 120 copies made only around $162 thousand. See more »
This is a fair adaptation of Andersen's classic, the art and the technique are perfect, it is faithful to the original story, but it does not give way to the wit and inventiveness that pervaded such a gem as "the Gray wolf and Little Riding Hood" (aka "le Loup Gris et le Petit Chaperon Rouge"in French). Unlike "The Gray Wolf..." this is strictly for children's audiences. Their (grand)parents will see it with pleasure, animation buffs will watch it with interest, but will be slightly disappointed thinking back to what Garry Bardin was able to achieve when writing his own scripts. It seems that Bardin had to somehow make a living after the end of the Soviet Union, and that whereas censorship was supposed to suppress expressions during communism, it rather stimulated wit and half transparent criticism . The market economy seems to be far more oppressive regarding imaginative creation.
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