Adapted from the Andersen tale and played out in musical comedy mode, The Ugly Duckling is set in a farmyard where roosters, hens, ducks and geese live and lay eggs together. One fine day, ...
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Adapted from the Andersen tale and played out in musical comedy mode, The Ugly Duckling is set in a farmyard where roosters, hens, ducks and geese live and lay eggs together. One fine day, a rooster discovers a giant egg behind the farmyard kingdom fence, and discreetly slips it into the clutch laid by his partner... Very soon, a cygnet emerges, but as he in no way resembles any of them he is immediately stigmatized by the whole farmyard, enduring humiliations and suspicion on the part of his feathered companions. But in the end he becomes a magnificent white swan.Written by
Locarno Film Festival
The bird feathers used in the film are real. When Garri Bardin said in a friendly conversation with Vladimir Shumeyko, ex-chairman of the Russian Federation Council, that he needed feathers for the film, Shumeyko killed his own rooster and gave its feathers to Bardin but it wasn't enough. The film was saved by businessman Andrey Razbrodin, who bought eight sacks of feathers sorted by size for the crew. The feathers were then painted according to sketches prepared by production designer Kirill Chelushkin. Both Shumeyko and Razbrodin are thanked in the credits of the film. See more »
This is a fair adaptation of Andersen's classic, the art and the technique are perfect, it is faithful to the original story, but it does not give way to the wit and inventiveness that pervaded such a gem as "the Gray wolf and Little Riding Hood" (aka "le Loup Gris et le Petit Chaperon Rouge"in French). Unlike "The Gray Wolf..." this is strictly for children's audiences. Their (grand)parents will see it with pleasure, animation buffs will watch it with interest, but will be slightly disappointed thinking back to what Garry Bardin was able to achieve when writing his own scripts. It seems that Bardin had to somehow make a living after the end of the Soviet Union, and that whereas censorship was supposed to suppress expressions during communism, it rather stimulated wit and half transparent criticism . The market economy seems to be far more oppressive regarding imaginative creation.
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