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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
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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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Because it is a very watchable poetry, an example of magic, which makes me play this DVD again and again. It is 11 minutes of excellence.
I've seen a number of other cartoons by Mr Yuriy Norshteyn but I did not like them much. To me they are all right. But this one is something absolutely out of this world.
Craftsmanship at its best. The soundtrack is a symphony of sounds and catch-phrases, which vary in depth and attitude. It can be a simple "Psycho!" ("Psih!" in Russian) or a reflection on one's life and death (cf. the scene where the hedgehog falls into the water).
The only thing I'm very sorry about is that this animation legend ends so quickly.
10 out of 10 - this is what I call excellence (I would give it an 11 for its 11 intoxicating minutes). Thank you for attention.
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