Pioner Cinema » «KuyGorozh» and other movies
  • Animation
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  • 2007–2011
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  • 41 min.
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  • Russia
  • director: Sergey Merinov
  • cast:
  • language: Russian
  • restrictions: 0+

Children's Pioner and the legendary “Pilot” studio present a series of evenings with the contemporary Russian directors and animators, responsible for cartoons based on fairy tales of the various peoples of Russia: “Gora samotsvetov.” On 14 May, artists Ekaterina Piskareva and Natalya Sokolova will introduce audiences to the characters of Sergey Merinov and tell about how to bring sculpted figures alive and, in doing so, how to make films from clay.

What To Do? or KuyGorozh” is a powerful fairy tale about how, even in times of need and poverty, it is never worth appealing to the forces of evil. KuyGorozh, a mixture of a snake and an owl that barely crawled out of its own egg, demands that it be given work. Having dressed up a granny and gramps, built them a mansion, and fed them to bursting, KuyGorozh, like the little pot from Anderson’s famous tale, can’t stop – and without a new task from his masters, up and decides to destroy everything that it created.

Teeth, Tail, and Ears” is a version of “A Thousand and One Nights” in which hunters, having fallen into a giant’s trap, must tell that same giant three fairy tales. If the giant can guess whom the fairy tale is about, then the hunters become his prey; if not, they go free. These Estonian, Chinese, and Russian fairy tales go right over the giant’s head. A different Mordovian fairy tale, “The Rooster and the Kitten,” is done in mixed media (from Merinov’s signature clay to 8-bit computer animation), and in spite of all its brightness, actually tells a sad story about the impossibility of living in peace and harmony.

After a break for cocoa and cookies, a teacher from the TsEKh School of Contemporary Dance will work with the children.

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