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The Hunchedback Horse (1947)

Konyok-Gorbunok (original title)
Adventures of Ivan the Fool and humpbacked horse in the world of kind magical creatures and cruel people.

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Pyotr Ershov (story), Evgeniy Pomeshchikov (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Uncredited cast:
Georgi Chernovolenko Georgi Chernovolenko ... Chtets (voice) (uncredited)
Alik Kachanov Alik Kachanov ... Humpbacked Horse (voice) (uncredited)
Anatoliy Kubatskiy ... Gavrilo (voice) (uncredited)
Georgiy Millyar ... Tzar (voice) (uncredited)
Galina Novozhilova Galina Novozhilova ... Tzar-devitsa (voice) (uncredited)
Leonid Pirogov ... Danilo (voice) (uncredited)
Valentina Sperantova ... Ivan (voice) (uncredited)
Georgiy Vitsin ... Spalnik (voice) (uncredited)
Nonna Yastrebova Nonna Yastrebova ... Mare (voice) (uncredited)
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Storyline

The old peasant has three sons: the two elders, Danilo and Gavrilo, are considered smart, and the youngest, Ivan, is considered a fool. One day, a father sends his sons to find out who tramples the wheat at night. The older brothers decide to hide in a haystack where they quickly fall asleep. Meanwhile, Ivan sits under a birch and plays the pipe. Suddenly he sees a white mare with a long golden mane descend from the sky. Ivan manages to jump the mare on his back, and she starts to jump. Finally, tired, the mare asks Ivan to let her go and in return gives him two beautiful golden-maned horses and a Humpbacked Horse, who will be Ivan's best friend. Written by Peter-Patrick76 (peter-patrick@mail.com)

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Country:

Soviet Union

Language:

Russian

Release Date:

18 April 1949 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Carobni konjicek See more »

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Production Co:

Soyuzmultfilm See more »
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Mono

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Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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First full-length animated movie from the Soviet Union. See more »

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Edited into The Humpbacked Horse (1975) See more »

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Wonderful Russian animation
22 June 2013 | by TheLittleSongbirdSee all my reviews

Russian animation has really fascinated me as of late, and the 1947 version of The Humpbacked Horse was one of the standouts, and deserves to be seen more than historical value. The animation is really beautiful, the luscious colours, elegantly drawn backgrounds and mostly fluid character designs are like a nice mix of Golden Age Disney, very early Looney Tunes and Fleischer. The image of the horse flying in the air at the start was especially striking. The music fits really beautifully, very Russian in tone and manages to be rousing and understated when called for. I loved The Humpbacked Horse's pace, to begin with it's slow but I was never bored and nothing came across as dragged out or pointless, and the story stood out for its occasional strangeness, fresh naivety and also that it's very narratively culture-specific. The characters are engaging and all serve a point to the story, and the voice acting is expressive and dynamic enough. There is an animated film of the same story from 1975 that follows what we see here quite closely, and while it was interesting and well-done on the whole, I do much prefer the pacing here and the voices fit the characters here more too. All in all, wonderful. 10/10 Bethany Cox


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