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Once Upon a Time there Lived a Dog (1982)

Zhil-byl pyos (original title)
The action takes place on a Ukrainian farm. The elderly guard dog is not needed by anyone, and the owners decide to drive him away from the yard. The last straw that filled their cup of ... See full summary »

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Eduard Nazarov (as E. Nazarov)

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Eduard Nazarov (screenplay) (as E. Nazarov)
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Cast

Cast overview:
Georgiy Burkov ... Dog (voice) (as G. Burkov)
Armen Dzhigarkhanyan ... Wolf (voice) (as A. Dzhigarkhanyan)
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Storyline

The action takes place on a Ukrainian farm. The elderly guard dog is not needed by anyone, and the owners decide to drive him away from the yard. The last straw that filled their cup of patience was that dog did not raise the alarm during the theft that happened at night in the house of the hosts. To help the dog, who escaped into the forest after being kicked out of the house, and already ready to settle accounts with life, his former enemy wolf comes. He helps the dog to demonstrate to his former masters his need: skillfully mock kidnapping of the master baby, and dog depicts that wins the wolf and saves the baby. In reward for this dog with honors return to the farm. Written by Peter-Patrick76 (peter-patrick@mail.com)

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Country:

Soviet Union

Language:

Russian | Ukrainian

Release Date:

1982 (Soviet Union) See more »

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Once Upon a Time there Lived a Dog See more »

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Soyuzmultfilm See more »
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At first, Wolf looked different but when he was voiced by Armen Dzhigarkhanyan, it turned out the drawn character didn't fit Dzhigarkhanyan's voice and he was re-drawn. See more »

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[first lines]
Narrator: In a small village, there once lived a dog.
[the Dog barks as the narrator speaks]
Narrator: All his life he did his job honestly, but then he grew old. His nose couldn't smell as well as it used to, his eyes were not as sharp as before, and his legs felt like they didn't even belong to him.
[the door of the house opens and a hand throws a boot at the Dog]
Narrator: His masters were kind people who put up with him anyway.
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Unspeakable magic
19 June 2000 | by MaksikSee all my reviews

Probably, the best Soviet cartoon. It is based upon Ukrainian folk stories and tells us a story about friendship between dog and a wolf in critical moments of their lives. First a wolf saves a dog when the latter driven out from home, then a dog saves a wolf from hunger at winter. Unspeakable and untranslatable magic shines through every frame of this masterpiece. I highly recommend it to every person - it is continuous moment of truth.


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