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Frosty (1965)

Morozko (original title)
A fairy-tale about a conceited young man and a young woman with a tyrannical step-mother, who must overcome magical trials in order to be together.

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Aleksandr Rou
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Aleksandr Khvylya ... Morozko / Jack Frost
Natalya Sedykh ... Nastenka
Eduard Izotov ... Ivan
Inna Churikova ... Marfusha
Pavel Pavlenko ... Father
Vera Altayskaya Vera Altayskaya ... Stepmother
Georgiy Millyar ... Baba Yaga (The Witch)
Mikhail Yanshin ... Old Mushroom
Galina Borisova Galina Borisova ... Old Mushroom
Anatoliy Kubatskiy ... Bandit Chieftain
Valentin Bryleev ... Eligible Bachelor
Tatyana Pelttser ... Eligible Bachelor's Mother
Tatyana Barysheva ... Matchmaker
Varvara Popova ... Old Woman
Zinaida Vorkul ... Ivan's Mother
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Storyline

Once upon a time there was a kind and quiet old man with a grumpy and domineering old woman. The old man had his own daughter - a modest, beautiful and hard-working Nastya, and the old woman had her own - envious, couch potato, and the plain woman Marfushka. Once in the forest, Nastya meets her fate, a young man Ivan, whose beauty and power conquered a lot of girlish hearts. But pride and rudeness played a cruel joke with him - in front of the frightened Nastenka, the forest sorcerer turns Ivan's beautiful face into a bearish face. So he stayed on until he learns to do good deeds. Written by Peter-Patrick76 (peter-patrick@mail.com)

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Country:

Soviet Union

Language:

Russian

Release Date:

September 1966 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

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Goofs

The bow and arrow is on a different rock to which it was on originally, when Ivan goes and picks it up. See more »

Quotes

Ivan's Mother: Ivan, my son.
Ivan: Yes mama, what is it now?
Ivan's Mother: You must take care!
Ivan: Don't worry!
Ivan's Mother: You musn't forget your mother, Ivan!
Ivan: Don't worry!
Ivan's Mother: You mustn't harm the weak!
Ivan: Don't worry!
Ivan's Mother: Honour those who are old!
Ivan: Don't worry!
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Humorous Folk Song
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Some comments for those who can't dig in...
9 January 2002 | by CarbophosSee all my reviews

OK. I guess some explanation from native Russian, who enjoyed this movie as a kid (among millions) and still enjoys it, a required... :)))) First of all, some facts: - This movie is a really considered to be CLASSICS, believe it or not. And it has a lot of awards. That's why it was re-released on tape in USA. - There was NO computer effects available back in 1964. Comparing to fairy movies made worldwide at the same era, the FX is OK. - The plot may seem pretty strange, but hey, look at Alice In Wonderland for example: White Rabbit, Mad Hatter, Caterpillar on a mushroom smoking something like pot, Mock-Turtle, a kingdom of playing cards, constant size changes, etc - all in one single tale. :))))))

Now back to the movie. There's two main lines in the plot. The first one is about a smart, handsome guy (Ivan), who was too egocentric so Mushroom Pixie just punished (cursed) him, turning him in half-bear. After the guy did repent he turned into a human again. The second one is a Cinderella-type story which I guess appears in all ethnic tales worldwide. So the plot is pretty clear - both heroes has to overcome the negative obstacles and then they get the reward, and get married.

Now about the `weird' stuff. It's all common to Russian fairy tales. Jack Frost usually plays to roles in a fairy tale - as an analog of Santa and also as an impersonation of a Winter itself. A kind of a pagan lesser god. (Pagan heritage is very strong in a Russian folk tales). The Witch - Baba Yaga also has some dualism in fairy tale. Sometimes she's just typical evil witch, sometimes just an unpredictable witch who can help the hero for some reasons.Oh, and a House On The Birds' Legs is her certain attribute.

Another important note - the entire movie has a grotesque aesthetics. First of all, it's in a Russian folk tradition, than it's a movie for kids, so all the villains just must be ugly and funny at the same time. Sorry, but politically correct tale will be just boring.

So for an average Russian kid it's just a very impressive funny movie with a lot of action. Where the Evil is punished and all the Good get a reward.


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