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Zolotaya antilopa (1954)

A poor Indian boy saves a magic antelope that can produce gold with its hooves. After a greedy Raja learns about it, he orders to bring him the antelope - or die.

Director:

Lev Atamanov

Writer:

Nikolay Abramov (as N. Abramov)
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Cast

Cast overview:
Valentina Sperantova ... The Boy (voice)
Nina Nikitina ... The Golden Antelope (voice)
Ruben Simonov Ruben Simonov ... Rajah (voice)
Aleksandr Gruzinsky Aleksandr Gruzinsky ... The Servant (voice)
Kolya Tagunov Kolya Tagunov ... The Boy (voice)
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Storyline

A story of genuine friendship between an orphan boy and antelope. Boy rescued magic antelope capable of making gold from Raja, an Indian ruler when he was hunting her. When greedy Raja and his servants grabbed the boy, demanding to tell where Golden antelope lives, she appeared and taught a lesson to the greedy rajah. Written by anarione

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Country:

Soviet Union

Language:

Russian

Release Date:

1954 (Soviet Union) See more »

Also Known As:

The Golden Antelope See more »

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Production Co:

Soyuzmultfilm See more »
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Runtime:

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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The animated film was produced in the cartoon collection "In the world of fairy tales. Issue 1, Soyuzmultfilm, DVD". See more »

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An exquisite, minor masterpiece
25 December 2010 | by Quotation-of-DreamSee all my reviews

My wife and I found this as a bonus "short" on a DVD devoted to Lev Atamanov's acclaimed "The Snow Queen", a film which is said to have inspired Japanese animator Hayao Miyazaki ("Spirited Away", "My Neighbour Totoro" et. al.) with a desire to work in animation. "Golden Antelope" is a highly imaginative 35-minute work, in vivid colour, which is well worth seeing in its own right.

A young village boy in the Indian Jungle protects the magic antelope (a gentle creature who drops golden coins as she runs) from the pursuit of a wicked, greedy rajah and his henchmen, refusing to reveal her whereabouts even when threatened with death. Aided by a cavalcade of beautifully animated tigers, elephants, bears and monkeys, the boy tracks the antelope to her forest home. Eventually he faces down the powerful but sensually depraved rajah: "you may kill me if you like, but you do not understand the value of friendship and loyalty".

The moral may be slight, but the artistic power of this short masterpiece is anything but. Atamatov's fluid animated style captures the grace, variety and subtlety of the movement of his cast, human and animal; the jungle backgrounds are sumptuous; the musical score recalls the oriental splendours of Rimsky-Korsakov and Borodin; and there is great humour as well as drama in this lovely example of the Russian animated tradition.


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