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The Little Mermaid (1968)

Rusalochka (original title)
Rusalochka opens in modern day Copenhagen, Denmark. Several tourists gather around the capital's famous mermaid statue, as a tour guide explains its significance. A fish in the water below ... See full summary »

Director:

Ivan Aksenchuk

Writers:

Hans Christian Andersen (fairy tale), Aleksandr Galich
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Cast overview:
Nina Gulyaeva Nina Gulyaeva ... The Little Mermaid (voice)
Anatoliy Papanov ... The Guide (voice)
Vladimir Troshin ... (voice)
Viktoriya Ivanova Viktoriya Ivanova ... The Little Mermaid (singing voice)
Yuliya Yulskaya Yuliya Yulskaya ... The Sea Witch (voice)
Lidiya Korolyova ... The Fish Guide (voice)
Roza Makagonova ... (voice)
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Rusalochka opens in modern day Copenhagen, Denmark. Several tourists gather around the capital's famous mermaid statue, as a tour guide explains its significance. A fish in the water below the tourists scoffs at their foolishness, and then, proceeds to tell about the doomed love of the mermaid. Upon reaching her 15th birthday, the Little Mermaid is allowed to swim up to the surface above. As soon as she does, however, the Mermaid spots a young prince caught up in a dreadful storm. She admires the man's bravery and decides to save him, declaring that, "The beautiful and the brave should not perish." After the mermaid returns to the ocean, she decides that she wants to become human. Unfortunately for her, the Prince is found on shore by another women, whom he mistakes as his rescuer. The mermaid runs away from home to meet the sea witch. The witch warns that if the prince does not wed the mermaid, she will turn into sea-foam. However, the mermaid has her mind set on love, and exchanges ... Written by Rise Hickey

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Country:

Soviet Union

Language:

Russian

Release Date:

1968 (Soviet Union) See more »

Also Known As:

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Soyuzmultfilm See more »
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Without the "Little Mermaid" the world would become much poorer and, it seems, the human soul would become poorer and drier. See more »

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probably the best script for Little Mermaid I have ever seen
5 December 2009 | by darimaSee all my reviews

This animation is quite unusual in my opinion. The graphic is not standard for Soyuzmultfilm of 1960-th. I think in those times it was innovation. It reminded me surrealism and cubism in art to some extend. The picture is painted by triangles, curls, squares mixed with traditional images animation. So when you watch it sometimes it looks like a big moving quilt application on cloth.

There is introduction into story and epilogue, which are painted in completely different manner. And I liked it from both sides: from the point of how it was made, and from the point of what it was about. Introduction from modern time into the times of Andersen is splendid. The phrase about absence of true love in the world is a masterpiece.

I agree with the previous comment from Armenia about closeness of this short animation to what Andersen really meant in his story. "The little mermaid" is the story of unbelievably true love and strikingly great sacrifice. So I was happy to see that original intentions and original text of Andersen was not amended to please children's audience with happy-end. I cried watching it.


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