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Zakoldovannyy malchik (1955)

| Animation, Short, Family
A naughty boy named Nils is shrunken to a small size after offending a tomte. He has to go on a voyage with geese across Lapland to fulfill the prophecy and turn back to normal.


Selma Lagerlöf (fairy tale), Mikhail Volpin (screenplay)


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Sequel to the cult Russian animation Bremenskie muzykanty (1969)

Director: Vasiliy Livanov
Stars: Muslim Magomayev, Elmira Zherzdeva, Gennadiy Gladkov


Credited cast:
Valentina Sperantova ... Nils (voice)
Anatoliy Kubatskiy ... Gnome (voice)
Erast Garin ... Martin (voice)
Tatyana Strukova Tatyana Strukova ... Akka Knebekayze (voice)
Sergey Martinson ... The Chief Rat (voice)
Georgiy Vitsin ... Rozenbom (voice)
Aleksey Konsovskiy ... Stork Hermenrich (voice)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Georgiy Millyar ... The Goose (voice)
Elena Ponsova ... The Owl (voice)
Vladimir Yershov Vladimir Yershov ... The Bronze King (voice)
Yuliya Yulskaya Yuliya Yulskaya ... The Squirrels (voice)


The film tells about the disobedient boy Niels, who was bewitched by a dwarf. Having become very small in stature and having the opportunity to understand animals, the boy sets off on a dangerous journey with the domestic goose Martin. On the road, they unexpectedly meet a gnome who tells the boy that in order to remove the spell, you must fulfill three conditions that Niels subsequently fulfills and safely returns home. Written by Peter-Patrick76 (peter-patrick@mail.com)

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Also Known As:

The Enchanted Boy See more »

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Soyuzmultfilm See more »
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1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


In the book, the leprechaun (in the original text, the goblin) reduces Niels arbitrarily, punishing him for having caught him (that is, the leprechaun) in the net and did not want to let him out. See more »


Version of The Wonderful Adventures of Nils (1980) See more »

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In terms of quality, The Enchanted Boy really does live up to its name
12 October 2013 | by TheLittleSongbirdSee all my reviews

Being on a roll with viewings of Russian/Soviet animation, The Enchanted Boy really stood out in how beautiful and heartfelt it is. The animation is traditional in style and is coloured with such warmth and atmosphere. All the characters and backgrounds are well-drawn as well. Anybody looking for good music will not be disappointed, it is never bombastic nor is it dull, it is simple and understated yet also charming and quietly haunting in equal measure as well as being distinctively Russian-sounding. It is very easy to be touched by and identify with the story, which is told with such heart, the morals and lessons Nils learns are important and are dealt with in The Enchanted Boy a subtle and not preachy way. The characters all engage, Nils is not the most likable of characters to begin with but as he grows in character on his journey he becomes much more so. The voice acting is appropriately noble, especially from Valentina Sperantova as Nils and Erast Garin as Martin(the most memorable of the supporting characters). All in all, enchanting and heartfelt, really lives up to its name. 10/10 Bethany Cox

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