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The Adventures of Buratino (1960)

Priklyucheniya Buratino (original title)
A colorful fairy tale about a little wooden boy Buratino and his quest for the Golden Key that opens a secret door.

Directors:

Dmitriy Babichenko (as D. Babichenko), Ivan Ivanov-Vano (as I. Ivanov-Vano) | 1 more credit »

Writers:

Aleksei Tolstoy (book) (as A. Tolstoy), Nikolay Erdman (screenplay) (as N. Erdman) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview:
Nina Gulyaeva Nina Gulyaeva ... Buratino (voice) (as N. Gulyaeva)
Evgeniy Vesnik ... Father Carlo (voice) (as E. Vesnik)
Georgiy Vitsin ... Giuseppe (voice) (as G. Vitsin)
Tamara Dmitrieva Tamara Dmitrieva ... Malvina (voice) (as T. Dmitrieva)
Margarita Korabelnikova Margarita Korabelnikova ... Piero (voice) (as M. Korabelnikova)
Aleksandr Baranov ... Carabas (voice) (as A. Baranov)
Elena Ponsova ... Alice the Fox (voice) (as E. Ponsova)
Vladimir Lepko ... Basilio the Cat (voice) (as V. Lepko)
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Storyline

The wooden little man, whom Papa Carlo scraped out of logs, turned out to be cheerful, cocky, noisy and gullible. Fox Alice and Cat Basilio brought him to the Land of Fools, but the wise Turtle Tortilla helped Buratino find the Golden Key, because he was terribly charming. Written by Peter-Patrick76 (peter-patrick@mail.com)

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Country:

Soviet Union

Language:

Russian

Release Date:

4 January 1960 (Soviet Union) See more »

Also Known As:

The All New Adventures of Pinocchio See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Soyuzmultfilm See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color
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In the film, Karabas Barabas falls under the rain and slips, and in the book he just sits down in a puddle in a literal and figurative sense. See more »

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The Russian Pinocchio at its most golden
21 August 2019 | by TheLittleSongbirdSee all my reviews

Saw 'The Adventures of Buratino', based upon, what strikes me as the Russian Pinocchio, 'The Golden Key' by Aleksey Tolstoy (not to be confused with Leo), as a fan of Russian animation and of Soyuzmultfilm. Some real classics in this regard. Also really like to love a lot of the work of Ivan Ivanov-Vano, apparently nicknamed the patriarch of Russian animation and it is not hard to see why. Am especially fond of 1952's 'The Snow Maiden', titled 'Snegurochka' just in case one is interested.

'The Adventures of Buratino' does a wonderful job with this great story, in detail and in spirit (something you don't always get in animated adaptations of literature), and is wonderful stuff on its own as well. Do consider it one of Ivanov-Vano's best along with 'The Snow Maiden', 'The Humpbacked Horse' (the 1947 version), 'The Twelve Months' and 'The Battle of Kerzhenets', though all his work is never less than worth watching. One of his most mature for what is a mature and sometimes quite dark but still charming enough story. If anybody wants to see other adaptations of 'The Golden Key' (of which this to me is one of the best), look no further than the 1939 stop-motion animated film from Aleksandr Ptsusko, do slightly prefer this despite that being a bigger technical achievement.

Here in 'The Adventures of Buratino', the animation is extremely well done with stunning looking landscapes and beautifully detailed backgrounds. The characters' expressions are wide in emotion and never look stiff or exaggerated. The music is one of the film's biggest assets, there is haunting atmosphere but also lush orchestration and charming lyricism. The song lyrics are clever and intelligently handled, never childish while not being over-complicated. Likewise with the dialogue and it is not easy to do when trying to appeal to children and adults alike and adapting a story of this nature.

Furthermore, the story is never dumbed down and it is easy to follow. It handles the original story's mature tone with suitably menacing villains without being too overly dark or grim. The moral elements, with the familiar expressions, don't preach and are not laid on too thick, again not easy to do and easy traps to fall into often done. The titular character is an engaging one, and even though flawed it's not in a way that it becomes difficult to root for him. The voice acting avoids being over-theatrical and doesn't sound inappropriate for the characters.

Concluding, wonderful. 10/10


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