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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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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:

Hedgehog in the Fog See more »

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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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Trivia

In 1976, the animated film received the first prizes at the All-Union Festival of Animated Films in Frunze and at the Festival of films for children and youth in Tehran. 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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Russian animation art in perfection
9 August 2009 | by dysterhetSee all my reviews

Norshteyn, master of underrated Russian animation, has created a breathtakingly beautiful short about a cute hedgehog visiting his friend, the bear. What differs "Yozhik v tumane" from the typical American/Japanese animations is that it could be described as artistic poetry which definitely is not for everyone. You'd better not expect funny dialogues, happy songs and colorful landscapes. Quite the contrary, it is rather gray, dark and mysterious. It builds a blur atmosphere supported by a magical soundtrack. Haunting yet beautiful, it won't ever get out of your mind.

However, it still covers everything good animations are made of (and more) - it will make you smile especially because of its cuteness, but it also is lyrical, symbolistic and metaphorical. The hedgehog's adventure is about innocence, new (positive AND negative) experiences, friendship, fear, going one's own way - maybe even the subjective sense of life.

To conclude, this is a brilliant philosophical short for children, teenagers and adults equally.


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