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Little Gray Neck (1948)

Seraya sheyka (original title)
Defending a friend, duckling is attacked by fox and must learn to survive.


Georgiy Beryozko (screenplay) (as G. Beryozko), Dmitriy Mamin-Sibiryak (book)


Credited cast:
Viktoriya Ivanova Viktoriya Ivanova ... (voice) (as V. Ivanova)
Lidiya Kazmina Lidiya Kazmina ... The Fox (voice)
Fyodor Kurikhin ... Narrator (voice)
Vladimir Popov Vladimir Popov ... (voice) (as V. Petrov)
Valentina Telegina ... (voice)
Vera Yenyutina Vera Yenyutina ... The Gray Neck (voice)
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Once a duck named Gray Neck saved a hare, which was attacked by a fox. The hare remained alive and unharmed, and the fox overlapped the wing of the duck and she could not fly south with the rest of the birds. There remained the Gray Neck to winter in the glade, which, freezing every day, became less and less. And the fox got into the habit of coming to the glade while waiting until she could get a duck. The Gray neck had to fight for her life, escaping from the treacherous fox, but thanks to her friendship with the hare and the wood grouse, she managed not to become a dinner for the red-headed predator. Written by Peter-Patrick76 (peter-patrick@mail.com)

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1949 - II IFF of Workers in Czechoslovakia - Award for the best children's film. See more »


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A heartwarming nature survival toon
29 March 2014 | by GblakeliiSee all my reviews

Ready to fly away with the rest of the flock, little gray neck, a female duckling, sees her rabbit friend in danger and comes to the rescue. The encounter between her and the fox leaves gray neck with a disability. She will have to battle the Winter season,the fox, and build confidence in herself. This endearing 20 minute Russian animated film not only deals with confidence, but with loss(gray neck's Mother thinks she is dead), the power of friendship, and the harshness of Nature. Even though there is dialogue the visuals are enough to tell the story. The English language version sometimes translates inaccurately but conveys the same message. There is a mistake, though. One character is referred to as a wood cock in the English version. The Russian version correctly refers to him as a grouse. Another minor difference is the American release has additional opening narration and deletes a still scene of marsh land. Appropriate music adds to what must be one of the most circulated Russian toons in the United States as it was released in 16mm, 8mm, VHS and DVD here!

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