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Hedgehog in the Fog (1975)

Yozhik v tumane (original title)
A little hedgehog, on the way to visit his friend the bear, gets lost in thick fog, where horses, dogs and even falling leaves take on a terrifying new aspect.

Director:

Yuri Norstein (as Yu. Norstein)

Writer:

Sergei Kozlov (as S. Kozlov)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Vyacheslav Nevinnyy ... Bear (voice) (as V. Nevinnyy)
Mariya Vinogradova ... Hedgehog (voice) (as M. Vinogradova)
Aleksey Batalov ... Narrator (voice) (as A. Batalov)
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Storyline

On a silent, starry night, somewhere in a thick and dark forest, a tiny and timid little hedgehog prepares for yet another regular visit at his best friend the bear's place to drink tea from his comforting samovar and to count the countless stars in the sky. However, little by little, a heavy fog like no other will soon shroud the wild woods--and much to the helpless hedgehog's dismay--he will start wandering in the powdery mist with a jar of raspberry jam in his hands, as terrifying nocturnal encounters and mysterious occurrences send shivers down the spine. Will the young visitor of the night find the way to his friend through this dense fog? Written by Nick Riganas

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Country:

Soviet Union

Language:

Russian

Release Date:

23 October 1975 (Soviet Union) See more »

Also Known As:

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Soyuzmultfilm See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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This film, full of the finest psychological nuances, shows that there are no such shades of human feelings that could not be expressed by means of puppet animation. See more »

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[first lines]
Narrator: In the evenings, the little Hedgehog went to the Bear Cub to count stars. They would sit on the log and sip tea, gazing at the starry sky. It hung on the roof, just behind the chimney. To the right of the chimney were the Bear Cub's stars and the stars to the left were the Hedgehog's.
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Gorgeous in its simplicity and atmosphere
6 September 2013 | by TheLittleSongbirdSee all my reviews

More than very easy to see why Hedgehog in the Fog is so well regarded, coming from a non-Russian(but who is learning the language as part of her vocal-singing studies degree) it is that good to be considered one of the best shorts ever made. The animation and visuals are gorgeous, care clearly went into the detail, some of it is simple- though there are many clever camera angles- but never to the extent that it's too basic. The soundtrack is also hauntingly beautiful with a great use of sound effects, a previous commentator likening it to a symphony of sounds couldn't be more right. The story- with lovely and relateable themes, friendship for one- is charming, lyrical and very touching with an atmosphere of sheer beauty and emotion, the whole short is beautifully and poetically written and the characters are very well-integrated and make a strong impression. Everything maintains interest and well sustained over the 11-minute running time, while short never is it simplistic or thin. These characters are nimbly and nobly voiced too, the sweet little hedgehog lead character is particularly true to that. The ending is contemplative and thought-provoking, if perhaps ever so slightly abrupt. Overall, simple, lyrical, poignant, sweet, atmosphere and gorgeous, an animated masterpiece and one of the best shorts ever made. 10/10 Bethany Cox


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