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The Hunchback Horse (1947)

Konyok-Gorbunok (original title)
Adventures of Ivan the Fool and humpbacked horse in the world of kind magical creatures and cruel people.


Pyotr Ershov (story), Evgeniy Pomeshchikov (screenplay) | 2 more credits »




Uncredited cast:
Georgi Chernovolenko Georgi Chernovolenko ... Chtets (voice) (uncredited)
Alik Kachanov Alik Kachanov ... Humpbacked Horse (voice) (uncredited)
Anatoliy Kubatskiy ... Gavrilo (voice) (uncredited)
Georgiy Millyar ... Tzar (voice) (uncredited)
Galina Novozhilova Galina Novozhilova ... Tzar-devitsa (voice) (uncredited)
Leonid Pirogov ... Danilo (voice) (uncredited)
Valentina Sperantova ... Ivan (voice) (uncredited)
Georgiy Vitsin ... Spalnik (voice) (uncredited)
Nonna Yastrebova Nonna Yastrebova ... Mare (voice) (uncredited)


The old peasant has three sons: the two elders, Danilo and Gavrilo, are considered smart, and the youngest, Ivan, is considered a fool. One day, a father sends his sons to find out who tramples the wheat at night. The older brothers decide to hide in a haystack where they quickly fall asleep. Meanwhile, Ivan sits under a birch and plays the pipe. Suddenly he sees a white mare with a long golden mane descend from the sky. Ivan manages to jump the mare on his back, and she starts to jump. Finally, tired, the mare asks Ivan to let her go and in return gives him two beautiful golden-maned horses and a Humpbacked Horse, who will be Ivan's best friend. Written by Peter-Patrick76 (peter-patrick@mail.com)

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Filmed on the tale of the same name (1834) by Pyotr Ershov. See more »


Remake of The Humpbacked Horse (1941) See more »

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A Lost Classic
16 September 2002 | by spankysezSee all my reviews

I watched this animated feature in the 1950's on a New York City Saturday morning show, The Children's Hour, hosted by Ed Herlihy. I had no idea what the title was, and just found it on a link to old children's tv shows.

The animation is beautiful - up to Disney's standards in Snow White, Fantasia and Bambi. I knew it was Russian film, but do not remember reading the subtitles. It was a tale of fantasy concerning a young boy who had to rescue a princess by passing through a series of "tests." Typical folk take fodder, but the great moment when he has to jump into each of three cauldron - one freezing, one boiling and I don't remember the third - kept me breathless, each and every time they aired the film. When he jumps into the third cauldron it seems to take forever before he emerges. I was sure he had died. But he emerges, no longer a slight young man, but a hearty grown man, worthy of winning the princess.

Ah, such were the tales I grew up on. A prince would rescue me and I'd never have to worry about doing anything with my life again! Sad, but when the animation is breathtaking, I can forgive the society that perpetuated such myths.

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18 April 1949 (USA) See more »

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Carobni konjicek See more »

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Soyuzmultfilm See more »
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