A military scientist creates a mind-reading weapon for his generals on a remote island. After the demonstration, the generals are pleased. Little do they realize, both the weapon, and the creator of the weapon have a mind of their own.

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A military scientist creates a mind-reading weapon for his generals on a remote island. After the demonstration, the generals are pleased. Little do they realize, both the weapon, and the creator of the weapon have a mind of their own.

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Characters' faces transferred unprecedented detail and resemble foreign actors Jean Gabin, Paul Newman, Mel Ferrer, Yul Brynner and singer Ringo Starr. See more »

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Dr. Soviet, or how I learned to stop thinking and love weapons
30 July 2017 | by See all my reviews

Anatoly Petrov's "Poligon" (alternately called "Polygon" and "Firing Range" in English) is adapted from an anti-war science fiction story by Sever Gansovsky. Like "Dr. Strangelove", it shows that the technology designed for war will destroy us if we don't reign in its power. In this case, the weapon in question turns into a sort of Frankenstein's monster (which could be a metaphor for military technology in general).

I've liked all the Soyuzmultfilm cartoons that I've seen. These cartoons prove that a cartoon doesn't need fancy animation or famous people voicing the characters. It just needs a good, clever plot. That's exactly what this one has.

I understand that the animation uses two celluloid layers for each character to make them look 3D, while the characters are caricatures of Paul Newman, Ringo Starr, Yul Brynner, and others.


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