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Gusi-lebedi (1949)

With a help of good nature a young brave girl goes to the dark forest for saving her youngest brother abducted by Baba Yaga.


Ivan Ivanov-Vano (as I. Ivanov), Aleksandra Snezhko-Blotskaya (as A. Snezhko-Blotskaya)


Ivan Ivanov-Vano (screenplay) (as I. Ivanov), Aleksandra Snezhko-Blotskaya (screenplay) (as A. Snezhko-Blotskaya) | 1 more credit »


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Leaving for the fair, the parents instructed their daughter Masha to look after her brother Vanya and take care of him. The girl frivolously left him to sit in the courtyard, while she ran away to play with the girlfriends. Suddenly, the swan geese swooped in, grabbed Vanya from the yard and carried him to the mistress Baba Yaga. There is nothing to do - you need to help out a brother, and the sister went into the woods, looking for a hut on chicken legs. On the way, she helped the stove, the apple tree and the river, which, in turn, sheltered her from the chase, when she ran away from Baba Yaga and her swan geese with Vanechka. Written by Peter-Patrick76 (peter-patrick@mail.com)

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Soviet Union



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1949 (Soviet Union) See more »

Also Known As:

Гуси-лебеди See more »

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Soyuzmultfilm See more »
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In 2001, the animation was restored and re-voiced by Studiya AS LLC and Children's Session 1 LLC. In the new version the phonogram was completely replaced, modern actors are involved in the re-sounding. See more »

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Geese Swans
2 August 2019 | by TheLittleSongbirdSee all my reviews

Not an awful lot to add to what has already been said, and what has already been said was summed up very well. Russian animation, Soyuzmultfilm, animation based on fairy/folk tales, ingredients that have me sold even when it is just one of them, all of them and my interest is even bigger. If you haven't any of Soyuzmultfilm's work yet and are a fan of animation and ones not from the UK or US, you are in for a treat.

'Geese Swans' in no way disappointed after having very high hopes. To me, it is towards Soyuzmultfilm's best, coming from somebody who considers a lot of their work classics and holds the studio in very high regard. And have done since being introduced to them after watching their version of 'The Snow Queen', one of the best versions of that classic story. It is a little bit of a slow starter, but once it gets going 'Geese Swans' cannot be recommended highly enough.

One of its best assets is the animation. Especially the landscapes and the backgrounds, which are nothing short of incredible. Also loved touches like the oven and apple trees that did remind me of 'Mother Holle'. Speaking of 'Mother Holle', 'Geese Swans' did remind me of a mix of that and 'Hansel and Gretel', or at least struck me as being influenced by them. Have always liked both stories (especially 'Hansel and Gretel', which is more familiar with me) so that was great.

The music is playful, lush in orchestration and atmospheric, its use, tone and placement always ideal and not in any way discordant with the action.

Have already mentioned the mix or of those two classic stories and the story is executed very well. The charm is present throughout and the end portion has genuine excitement. Liked the characters a lot, especially the witch who is quite creepy. And yeah, who doesn't have a little bit of a soft spot for hedgehogs?

Summing up, great. 9/10

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