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The Dragonfly and the Ant (1913)

Strekoza i muravey (original title)
The Dragonfly jumped in the summer, danced, and the ant was collecting supplies for the winter. Winter came. The Dragonfly did not have time to look back, but there is already nothing left.... See full summary »
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The Dragonfly jumped in the summer, danced, and the ant was collecting supplies for the winter. Winter came. The Dragonfly did not have time to look back, but there is already nothing left. She came to the Ant and said: "Do not leave me, godfather, dear. Let me gather my strength and only feed and heat up until spring. " The Ant responds to her: "You all sang? So go and dance. "And closes the door. The Dragonfly leaves and painfully dies. Written by Peter-Patrick76 (peter-patrick@mail.com)

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Russia

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Russian

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1913 (Russia) See more »

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A Formiga e o Gafanhoto See more »

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In the animated film, instead of a dragonfly, a grasshopper participates. According to D. Kobyakov, in the fable the word "dragonfly" meant the grasshopper, since in the XIX century both insects were called so. See more »

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Starewicz does it again - another great animation
28 April 2012 | by Red-BarracudaSee all my reviews

The Dragonfly and the Ant is another in a line of animation films by Russian pioneer Wladyslaw Starewicz. Like 'The Cameraman's Revenge' and 'The Insect's Christmas' this is another film that features insects acting out human-like lives. If there is one must-see movie in this group it has to be 'The Cameraman's Revenge', however, all are charming and original bits of work.

In this one a carefree dragonfly acts irresponsibly through the spring and summer. She drinks, sings, plays violin and taunts her neighbour the ant. The ant, by contrast, is an industrious soul and spends the day collecting wood for the winter. Of course, when the cold comes in the dragonfly is ill-prepared and goes begging at the ant's door. The latter sends the dragonfly packing and her demise soon follows.

It's an old fable of course. Like all of Starewicz other animations, it's beautifully done. The mini insect world is great, and there is an impressive amount of characterisation in these little bugs. It's a great little movie and another superb early animation.


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