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Mr. Dough and the Egg Princess (2010)

Pan-dane to Tamago-hime (original title)
The witch Baba Yaga keeps her servant the Egg Princess confined and forces her to do hard daily chores around the mill. One night, a batch of kneaded dough comes to life and befriends the Egg Princess.

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Hayao Miyazaki

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Hayao Miyazaki
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The witch Baba Yaga keeps her servant the Egg Princess confined and forces her to do hard daily chores around the mill. One night, a batch of kneaded dough comes to life and befriends the Egg Princess.

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The witch in the film is Hayao Miyazaki's take on Baba Yaga, a figure in Slavic mythology associated with milling as she traditionally travels by flying in a mortar steered by its pestle. See more »

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Charming and worth tracking down
17 September 2019 | by HatchibombotarSee all my reviews

Mr.Dough and the Egg Princess is a 12 minute short made for the Studio Ghibli museum. It draws inspiration from european fairy-tales (Baba Yaga, Humpty-Dumpty, Cinderella, grinding bones to make bread, etc.) as well as visually referencing several 15th-16th century flemish paintings including Bruegel's 'The Harvesters'.

It weaves these together to create an amusing romp following the eponymous Egg Princess' escape from Baba Yaga with a medieval harvest for a backdrop. Miyazaki's films often feature pastoral settings and Bruegel's painting and an apparent interest in bread production seems to have been the jumping off point for his imagination here.

The pacing is well balanced, and the story is easy to follow even while being wordless (no subtitles for the kiddos or cringe-worthy dubbing). It is zany without being frenetic as so many modern kids shows/films are and the 'Folia' theme is seamlessly paired to the animation making the short reminiscent of (and favourably compared to) something out of Disney's Fantasia (1940).

It is among my son's favourites and a worthwhile watch. Hopefully one day the museum shorts will be collected and given a wider release.


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20 November 2010 (Japan) See more »

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