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The Twelve Months (1956)

Dvenadtsat mesyatsev (original title)
A poor girl was given an impossible task by her stepmother: to gather snowdrops in a winter forest. Suddenly she stumbled across twelve brothers who happened to be the twelve months.


Ivan Ivanov-Vano (as I. Ivanov-Vano), Mikhail Botov (co-director) (as M. Botov)


Samuil Marshak (screenplay) (as S. Marshak), Nikolay Erdman (screenplay) (as N. Erdman)




Cast overview:
Tatyana Barysheva ... The Stepmother (voice)
Yuliya Yulskaya Yuliya Yulskaya ... The Daughter (voice)
Lyudmila Kasatkina ... The Stepdaughter (voice)
Galina Novozhilova Galina Novozhilova ... The Queen (voice)
Grigoriy Shpigel ... The Gardener (voice)
Georgiy Vitsin ... The Crow / The Herald / The Parrot / The February (voice)
Aleksey Gribov ... The January (voice)
Vladimir Volodin Vladimir Volodin ... The Wolf (voice)
Gennadiy Malyshev Gennadiy Malyshev ... (voice)
Olga Gemmerling Olga Gemmerling ... (voice)
Anatoliy Sazonov Anatoliy Sazonov ... (voice)


Winter. Royal Palace. The young queen is taking classes. The professor talks about the seasons, and when she mentions spring snowdrops, the queen declares that she wants to have them in her palace immediately. The professor tries to convince her that it is impossible in January, but the queen issues a decree where she promises the same basket of gold for a basket of flowers. The greedy Stepmother and her lazy Daughter, upon learning of the royal reward, immediately send the Stepdaughter into the forest for snowdrops. Written by Peter-Patrick76 (peter-patrick@mail.com)

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The film was restored at the Gorkiy Film Studio in 1987. Recovery director - Vladimir Berenshteyn. See more »


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Drags a bit but beautiful, moving and well-meaning
25 July 2013 | by TheLittleSongbirdSee all my reviews

The Twelve Months has much beauty and heart, as well as some great values. There are a few scenes in the middle that drag a little too much, but that was the only thing that stood out as something that could have been better. The traditional animation is very beautifully rendered, the colours and backgrounds are elegant, moving very smoothly from one frame/scene to the next, and the characters move very convincingly. The music accompanies the story very sensitively, the distinctive Soviet style of it is sumptuous and rousing. The Twelve Months is engagingly written and shows and teaches values like kindness and patience, great values- that were relevant then, are relevant now and always will be relevant- that are well-meant and never heavy-handed within the story. The story has a very emotional core to it, it's always told beautifully and with a lot of heart and charm, it doesn't feel too thin for the short running time, and while it has a tendency to drag at times much of it draws you in. The characters are well-drawn, are right at home in terms of placement in the storytelling, and have personalities that anybody can relate to, while the voice acting is noble, more subtle and less theatrical than some of the other Soviet films(animated and non-animated) viewed in the past two months or so. To conclude, beautiful, moving and well-meaning though with a tendency to drag. 9/10 Bethany Cox

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1956 (Soviet Union) See more »

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Двенадцать месяцев See more »

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