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Chuzhoy golos (1949)

Not Rated | | Animation, Short, Music | 2007 (USA)
An obnoxious magpie returns to the forest from abroad and finds a most unenthusiastic audience for her jazz music.


Ivan Ivanov-Vano


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Uncredited cast:
Georgiy Millyar ... Blackcock (uncredited)


Enchanted forest dwellers enthusiastically listen to the singing of the Nightingale, but suddenly Magpie, who just arrived from abroad, interrupts the concert. Magpie states that the Nightingale art of singing is already out of date. She gives her own concert and performs down-hole jazz composition to which the inhabitants of the forest goggle and ultimately banish the Magpie out of sight. From a modern point of view it is not so clear what it is better - Soviet stage of Nightingale or American jazz of Magpie. Written by Peter-Patrick76 (peter-patrick@mail.com)

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Animation | Short | Music


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Soviet Union



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2007 (USA) See more »

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A Foreign Voice See more »

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Soyuzmultfilm See more »
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This animation film was officially released on a DVD disc by "Soyuz-Video" in collection of animated films titled "Holiday animated concert". See more »

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A Strange Voice
5 August 2019 | by TheLittleSongbirdSee all my reviews

Have for a while now gotten a lot of pleasure out of the work of Soyuzmultfilm, when it comes to Russian animation it doesn't get much better than Soyuzmultfilm. Have yet to see a misfire from them, have seen a vast majority of them just to say, and consider a lot of their work classic ('Hedgehog in the Fog', 'The Humpbacked Horse', 'Tale of Tales', 'The Snow Queen', 'The Wild Swans', 'The Nutcracker', 'Thumbelina', 'Mowgli' being notable ones).

'A Strange Voice' is not quite one of my favourites of theirs, but it really is a must for anybody that loves animation and all things Russian. Am a lifelong fan of animation and have always gotten a lot out of singing in Russian, it's a beautiful language once you get your head around the phonetic symbols/alphabet and hard and soft signs (still haven't completely just to say), so it was a perfect combination really. If you love Soyuzmultfilm's work, there is a very strong likelihood that 'A Strange Voice' will be up your street as well.

My favourite thing about 'A Strange Voice' is the animation, it really is a beauty to watch. Cannot get enough of those rich colours or the meticulous attention to detail in the backgrounds. Music is very important to me to talk about watching film, television, short films and cartoons, it also plays a huge part in 'Another's Voice' so it was essential that it worked. It works splendidly, though there is a personal preference over the understated beauty of the Russian sound than the deliberately strange and deliberate mix of rousing and grating American jazz. Some may think that the two styles jar too much with each other, but that was the point.

It's not just the animation and music that work. 'A Strange Voice' is gently amusing and has a lot of charm. Maybe a touch heavy-handed in parts particularly towards the end, but was able to overlook that somewhat with everything else being so good. The story is slight but that doesn't come at the expense of lustre.

Characters are engaging, with my favourite being the nightingale who was the easiest to like and root for. The magpie avoids being overly irritating which is good.

Overall, another winner from Soyuzmultfilm. 9/10

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