Films and Other Collections » Russian Films for Youth and Beginning Students of Russian
*Titles in blue were acquired during the 2011-2012 academic year.*
|THE KINGDOM OF CROOKED MIRRORS||DRUSKNGD01A||80 min. Russian with English subtitles. Directed by Aleksander Rou. Another visually imaginative and enchanting children's fantasy film from the underrated Aleksander Rou (Father Frost). Through an old magic mirror, young Olya meets her own reflection, Yalo. Together they embark on a journey into a kingdom of crooked mirrors, where normal mirrors are outlawed because evil and dishonest people cannot face their true selves. Includes optional French and Arabic audio, multilingual subtitle options, interview with actor Andrei Stapran, photo album, and cast & crew filmographies.||DVD||1963|
|THE SORCERER'S BOY||VENGSORC01A||15 min. (Teletales, No. 11). In this Russian tale, a sorcerer, masquerading as a teacher, turns Peter into a toad, a dove, and a horse. Suitable for lower elementary.||VHS||1984|
|ABVGDeika||DRUSABVG01A, 02A, 02B, 03A, 03B, 04A, 04B||130 min. each, Russian without subtitles. Entertaining Russian-language lessons in various areas of the elementary school curriculum, such as grammar, counting, rules of the road, and others.2005-2008, 130 min. each, Russian without subtitles. Entertaining Russian-language lessons in various areas of the elementary school curriculum, such as grammar, counting, rules of the road, and others.
||DVD||2005 - 2008|
|THE ADVENTURES OF CHEBURASHKA & FRIENDS||DRUSADVC01A, 02A, 02B, 03A||70 min. Russian with English subtitles. Directed by Roman Kachanov. Based on books written by Eduard Uspensky, this stop-motion animated series follows the adventures of the loveable, big-eared creature, Cheburashka, and his friends, Crocodile Genady and Old Lady Shapocliak - three of the most popular animated characters ever produced by Moscow's famed Soyuzmultfilm Studio. Includes the episodes Crocodile Gena, where the group builds a playhouse for friends; Cheburashka, where they build a playground for children; Shapocliak, where the friends go on vacation and protect nature; and Cheburashka is Going to School, where the little creature is sent to school to learn to read.||DVD||2001|
|ALADDIN'S MAGIC LAMP||DRUSALAD01A||84 min. Russian, English and French language and subtitle options. Directed by Boris Rytsarev. The timeless fairy tale is brought to the screen in this vibrant Russian film, suitable for younger as well as older viewers. Anyone who dares to look at the beautiful daughter of the sultan is put to death, but love brings Aladdin to the lovely princess. An omnipotent genie from a magic lamp helps Aladdin stay alive while protecting his lover from a wicked wizard.||DVD||1996|
|ALICE IN WONDERLAND||DRUSALIC01A||69 min. Russian with English subtitles. Directed by Yefrem Pruzhansky. The cartoon is the Soviet adaption of Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass.||DVD||1981|
|ALONG UNKNOWN PATHS…||DRUSALON01A||66 min. Russian with English subtitles. Directed by Mikhail Yuzovsky. This film is based on the book Down the Magic River by the Russian writer, Eduard Uspensky, who gave us Cheburashka, Gena, and the Crocodile. This smart, funny, and touching film is one of the best children’s films of the 1980s. Leaving for his granny’s for the summer holiday, Mitya could have never imagined that he would be involved in incredible adventures in a magic country, all because his granny was a good witch. Vasilissa the Wisest, Uncle House-Spirit, and the warrior join Mitya to fight Kaschey Immortal, One-Eyed-Evil, and Nightingale the Robber.||DVD||1982|
|ATY-BATY: THE STORIES OF AN OLD SOLDIER||DRUSATYB01A||2010, 1000 min. Russian and English without subtitles. Aty-Baty is an educational video about the history and role of Russia and the Soviet Army in the Second World War for children and young adults. The collection includes accounts about notorious battles, prominent military officers and commanders, military feats, weapons, medals and decorations.||DVD||2010|
|AUNTIE OWL’S LESSONS: A FUN NEW YEAR’S ADVENTURE||DRUSAUNT01A||*87 min. Russian without subtitles. Directed by Anatoly Valevsky. This is a collection of fun and educational cartoons about New Year’s Eve celebrations and traditions around the world.||DVD||2010|
|BAMBI’S CHILDHOOD||DRUSBAMB01A||79 min. Russian with English subtitles. Directed by Natalya Bondarchuk. This film is based on the book by Felix Zalten. Many amazing discoveries and dangerous adventures await the fawn Bambi in the forest lands. He learns that the best defense for young deer is last year’s foliage, that fish live in the river, beautiful flowers can fly, and raccoons live without care in this story about life in the forest.||DVD||1985|
|BAMBI’S YOUTH||DRUSBAMB02A||66 min. Russian with English subtitles. Directed by Natalya Bondarchuk. The sequel to Bembi’s Childhood, the young deer Bambi has grown into a beautiful buck. He meets a doe, Faline, falling in love with her. The young couple sets out on a long and dangerous journey in search of a mysterious flower of life…The movie was filmed in nature reserves in Crimea, Caucasus, lower Elbrus, Latvia and Czechoslovakia, bringing over 100 species of live animals together.||DVD||1986|
|BARBARA, THE FAIR WITH THE SILKEN HAIR||DRUSBARB01A||85 min. Russian with English subtitles. Directed by Aleksandr Rou. Once upon a time lived a tsar named Yeremey. He went on a year-long trip to take an inventory of his realm. One day he bent over a well for a drink of water and was immediately grabbed by the underwater tsar Chudo-Yudo, demanding a ransom for Yeremey’s freedom. In his absence, Yeremey’s Tsarina, Barbara, gives birth to a son, but the tsar does not know this. The film tells the story of how Andrey (a mere fisherman’s son) meets Barbara, and they fall in love. Tsar Yeremey is then put to shame on account of his lazy, numskull son, but in the long run, everything comes to a happy end. This wonderful fairytale movie contains a lot of remarkable adventures, magic changes, and other fun!||DVD||1969|
|CHEBURASHKA ARERE||DENGCHEB01A||88 min.,Compilation of original Russian cartoons (dir. Roman Kachanov), and newly produced animated Japanese adaptation of world-known stories by Edward Uspensky about Cheburashka (Чебурашка), who is discovered in a box filled with oranges. Cheburashka meets Crocodile Gena (Крокодил Гена) and they decide to look for new friends. They come across Lion Chandr (Лев Чандр) and a girl-scout Galya (Галя). As the story develops, they help out other cartoon characters – both people and animals who can talk.||DVD||2009|
|CHILDREN'S DISCO FROM SMESHARIKI||DRUSCHIL01A||*180 min. A collection of 60 animated music videos based on old and new children’s songs performed by a group of colorful spherical animal friends - Smeshariki. The collection includes cartoon videos of such famous children songs as “V trave sidel kuznetchik,” “Antoshka,” “Goluboi vagon” and many other Soviet classics.||DVD-PAL/NTSC||2010|
|A CHRISTMAS TREE WAS BORN IN THE WOODS||ELO||*74 min. A collection of winter holiday themed cartoons, including “V lesu rodilasi elochka”, “Novogodnee prikliuchenie”, “Novogodniaia pesenka Deda Moroza.”||DVD-NTSC||2007|
|DOCTOR AIBOLIT||DRUSDCTR01A||68 min. Russian with English subtitles, Directed by D. Cherkasskii. Dr. Aibolit, the Russian equivalent of Dr. Doolittle, and the evil pirate Barmalay have several exciting adventures, which are told with lots of music. The stories come from the books by the author K. Chukovski.||DVD||2000|
|THE ELUSIVE AVENGERS||DRUSELUS01A||78 min. Russian with English subtitles. Directed by Edmond Keosayan. Based on Pavel Blyakhin’s novel Red Little Devils. The vivid comedy recounts the incredible adventures of four friends during the 1920s Civil War in Russia. The former student Valerka, the fun-loving, audacious Yashka and the orphaned Gypsy Danka with his sister Ksanka gave an oath to infiltrate Ataman Burnash’s band to avenge the death of Danka’s father. Under the disguise of a son of the ataman’s old friend, Danka finds his way into Burnash’s unit. However, the bandits got wind of it. Danka faces execution. But what are friends for, if not rescuing their comrade.||DVD||1966|
|ERALASH||DRUSERLA01A||204 min. Russian without English subtitles. Russian As the theme song puts it, “for boys and girls and their parents as well!” Students of Russian at any level will enjoy these short humorous films which touch on a wide array of themes: fashion, sports, politics, pop culture, school, and generational conflict. From the long-running and popular Russian television show of the same name.||DVD||1974|
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|DRUSERAL01A||As the theme song puts it, “for boys and girls and their parents as well!” Students of Russian at any level will enjoy these short humorous films which touch on a wide array of themes: fashion, sports, politics, pop culture, school, and generational conflict. This collection of funny videos and short sketches includes new episodes from 2011 as well as older well known and much-beloved favorites.||DVD|
| ERALASH: PART 2: |
The continuation of the first collection of the popular series. As the theme song puts it, “for boys and girls and their parents as well!” Students of Russian at any level will enjoy these short humorous films which touch on a wide array of themes: fashion, sports, politics, pop culture, school, and generational conflict. This collection of funny videos and short sketches includes new episodes from 2011 as well as older well known and much-beloved favorites.
|EVENINGS ON A FARM NEAR DIKANKA||DRUSEVEN01A||66 min. Russian with English subtitles. Directed by Aleksandr Rou. The whimsical combination of Christmas illusion and an eccentric fairy tale makes this film unforgettable. The story occurs both in the Ukrainian village of Dikanka and at the palace of a Russian Empress. Vacula, the blacksmith, has enraged the devil: in a church he painted the devil’s figure so that even Hell’s inhabitants could not help laughing. Vacula’s sweetheart, Oksana, demands a pair of shoes that the Empress wears for a Christmas present; only then she will agree to marry Vacula. The devil promises to help the blacksmith get the Empress’s shoes, on condition that Vacula sells his soul. Meanwhile, Christmas is almost here…||DVD||1961|
|FAIRY TALES FROM FAR OFF LANDS||TRO2||Restored in , Russian without English subtitles.
|FAIRY TALES FROM FAR OFF LANDS: Bremen’s Musicians and Other Stories||DRUSFAIR01A||76 min. no English subtitles.
||DVD||1958 - 1988|
|FAIRY TALES FROM FAR OFF LANDS: THE ADVENTURES OF BURATINO||DRUSFAIR02A||127 min. Russian with English subtitles.
||DVD||1958 - 1961|
|FAIRY TALES FROM FAR OFF LANDS: The Snow Queen||DRUSFAIR03A||113 min. Russian with English subtitles. Directed by Lev Atamanov.
||DVD||1954 - 1968|
|FATHER FROST||DURSFRFR01A, 01B||84 min. Russian with English subtitles. Directed by Aleksandr Rou. This lyrical film is based on a popular Russian fairy tale. Once upon a time Nastenka lived with her wicked stepmother, who made her work very hard day and night. The stepmother decided to get rid of Nastenka by sending her to a winter forest to freeze to death. In the same land lived Ivan, who falls in love with Nastenka. Unfortunately, he bragged too much, and was turned for that into a bear by a forest magician. Nastenka and Ivan then go through many trials, helped along the way by the good wizard Father Frost.||DVD||1964|
|THE GOLDEN HORNS||DRUSGOLD01A||74 min. Russian with English subtitles. Directed by Aleksandr Rou. Baba Yaga kidnaps Yevdokia’s two little daughters and turns the girls into beautiful deer. Unwilling to resign to her loss, Yevdokia sets out in search of the children. She finds many volunteers, among them the Sun, the Moon, the Wind and the Deer with the Golden Horns, ready to help the fearless mother in her plight. During her quests, she also meets very good people, offering their help to save the kids. There are a lot of magical characters, miraculous transformations and adorable juvenile humor in this fairy tale.||DVD||1972|
|A KITTEN NAMED "WOOF"||DRUSKITT01A||*114 min. A collection of Soviet cartoons about the adventures of the kitten named Gav as well as other famous kitten characters in Russian animation. “Koteonok po imeni Gav” is a famous Soviet animation series created by Lev Altman and based on short stories of the well-known children’s writer Grigory Oster. The cartoon shows the adventures of a kitten curiously named Gav and his friend – a puppy called Sharik. The collection also includes other classic cartoons about kittens such as “Zhadnii Kuzya” [“Greedy Kuzya”], “Neposlushnii kotenok” [“Naughty Kitten”], “Vot tak tigr!” [“What a tiger!”] and many others.||DVD-PAL||2008|
|THE LITTLE MERMAID||DRUSLTTL01A||81 min. Russian with English subtitles. Directed by Vladimir Bychkov. Dedicated to the memory of the great Danish writer Hans Christian Andersen, this film is based upon one of his best fairy tales. A little mermaid falls in love with a prince whom she once saved during a storm. For the sake of her love, she sacrifices many things: she fearlessly leaves her home and strikes a deal with an evil sorceress. Using magical incantations in exchange for the Mermaid’s beautiful voice, the witch replaces the fish tail with human legs, making it possible for the Mermaid to walk on land. The Little Mermaid only goes through these trials to be near her beloved, but the Prince, not realizing how lucky he is, loses her forever…||DVD||1976|
|MALYSH, CARLSON, AND OTHERS||DRUSMALY01A||*80 min. A collection of cartoons including the popular Soviet animated series “Malysh i Carlson” [“Malysh and Carlson”], based on a collection of short stories by Astrid Lindgren, as well as such famous cartoons as “Opyat’ dvoika” [“Failed again”], and “Petya i Krasnaya Shapochka” [“Peter and the Little Red Riding Hood”]. A boy named Malysh suffers from solitude as the youngest of the three children in a Swedish family. Acute loneliness makes him desperately want a dog, but before he gets one, he "invents" a friend - the mischievous flying Carlson who lives on the roof.||DVD-PAL||2007|
|MARIA THE WONDERFUL WEAVER||DRUSMARI01A||75 min. Russian with English subtitles. Directed by Aleksandr Rou. Based on Russian folk tales, a soldier is returning home after serving in the army. But on the way home, he meets the young boy Ivan. Ivan’s mother, Maria the Wonderful Weaver, has been kidnapped by the evil, treacherous, and elusive Tsar Vodokrut XIII. The brave soldier decides to help Ivan. In search of the boy’s mother, the two will traverse an enchanted forest and will go down to the ocean floor. The sly Vodokrut tries with all his evil spirits to stop them, yet cannot overcome a soldier’s bravery and a kind heart…||DVD||1959|
|MASHA AND THE BEAR||DRUSMSBE01A||500 min. Russian without subtitles. The first 16 episodes from the animated series about mischievous Masha and the kind and lovable Bear. These beautifully made, entertaining and fun cartoons will bring joy to boys and girls, Moms and Dads, Grandmothers and Grandfathers.||DVD||2009|
|MASHA AND THE BEAR. NEW EPISODES 9-7||DRUSMASH02A||2010, 1000 min. Russian and English without subtitles. New episodes from the animated series about mischievous Masha and the kind and lovable Bear. These beautifully made, entertaining and fun cartoons will bring joy to boys and girls, Moms and Dads, Grandmothers and Grandfathers.||DVD||2010|
|MASHA AND THE BEAR||DRUSMASH03A||72 min. Episodes 18-22. This cartoon is about interesting adventures of a naughty little girl Masha and her kind friend the Bear. Masha and the Bear are the characters of the popular Russian folk tale, but here you will see this beautiful old story in a new interpretation. You can see not just the friendship between a girl and an animal, but also relations between a child and an adult. The series will introduce eternal truths to your child in a clear and entertaining way, while presenting the world in its diversity and revealing positive sides of any situation.||DVD||2011|
|MASTERS OF RUSSIAN ANIMATION, VOLUME 1||DRUSMSTS01A||133 min. Russian with English subtitles.
||DVD||1962 - 1968|
|MASTERS OF RUSSIAN ANIMATION, VOLUME 2||DRUSMSTS02A||125 min. Russian with English subtitles.
||DVD||1969 - 1978|
|MASTERS OF RUSSIAN ANIMATION, VOLUME 3||DRUSMSTS03A||140 min., Russian with English subtitles.
||DVD||1979 - 1985|
|MASTERS OF RUSSIAN ANIMATION, VOLUME 4||DRUSMSTS04A||141 min., Russian with English subtitles.
||DVD||1986 - 1990|
|MOIDODYR||MOID||*59 min. A collection of Soviet cartoons based on the works by Korney Chukovsky, including “Moidodyr,” “Fedorino gore” [“Fedora’s Misfortune”], “Ot dvukh do pyati” [“From Two to Five”], and “Vanya i Krokodil” [“Vanya and the Crocodile”]. The story Moidodyr is narrated by a boy, whose sheets, clothes and food suddenly start running away from him, after which a talking and walking sink Moidodyr scolds the boy for his poor hygiene and orders him to get cleaned up.||DVD-PAL||2008|
|MOWGLI AND OTHER TALES||DRUSMOWG01A||141 min. Russian with English subtitles. Directed by Roman Davydov. Between 1967 and 1971, Soyuzmultfilm Studio produced a series of five films based on Rudyard Kipling’s The Jungle Book about Mowgli, a little boy brought up by wolves, becoming their adopted son and brother.
||DVD||1965 - 1971|
|NEZNAIKA||DRUSNEZN01A||* 174 min. An animated series based on fairy-tale trilogy by Nikolai Nosov, which follows the adventures of little fictional child-like people living in “Flower City.” The protagonist of the stories is the infamous Neznaika, a boy who is mischievous, lazy, and rude but also kind, enterprising and very lucky.||DVD-NTSC||2007|
|OLD HOTTABYCH||DRUSOLDH01A||86 min. Russian with English subtitles. Directed by Gennadij Kazanskij. This comedy is based on the tale of the same name by Lazar Lagin. A 12-year-old schoolboy, Volka, stumbles upon a sealed old jug while taking a swim in the Moscow River. He opens the vessel and Oriental genie – Hassan Abdurahman ibn Hottab – appears before him. To reward Volka for saving him from a two thousand-year-long confinement, the genie, whom the boy called Hottabych, becomes his loyal servant. Determined to shower the boy with presents, Hottabych delivers to his home a caravan of camels laden with countless treasures. Together, they then take a thrilling flight to India on a magic carpet...||DVD||1956|
|OLD, KIND CARTOONS||DRUSOLDK01A||225 min. No English subtitles. A compilation of famous Russian cartoons: 38 Parrots; Alice in Wonderland; Uncle Au; Bobik and Barbos; Bozman and Parrot; Bremen Musicians; Wings, Legs and Tails; Ivashka From Pioneer’s Club; Everything About Kazaks; Flying Ship; Malysh and Karlson; Nu Pogodi!, Vovka in Tridevyatom Kingdom; Return of Prodigal Parrot; Winnie the Pooh; The Mystery of Third Planet; Stingy Rich Man; Little Devil # 13; Adventures of Little Pig Funtik; Treasure; Following the Clouds; Ish Ty Maslenitza!; Muk-The-Fast-Walker; Kolobki Are in Charge; Island of Treasures; How the Old Man Sold His Cow; The Three from Prostokvashino; The Adventures of Little Poltergeist; The Last Year’s Snow Was Falling; The Plastic Crow; Winter Fairy Tale; Wolf and a Little Calf; The Adventures of Captain Vrungel, etc.||DVD||Var|
|POCHEMUCHKA: EDUCATIONAL CARTOONS FOR CHILDREN FROM 7 TO 11 YEARS OLD||DRUSPOCH01A||2010, 1000 min. Russian and English without subtitles. An educational animated series which explains complicated concepts in a clear and simple language and manner. The topics covered in the series include the Solar system, the human circulatory system and many other themes from the school curriculum.||DVD||2010|
|TREASURE ISLAND||DRUSTREA01A||86 min. Russian with English subtitles. Directed by Yevgeni Fridman. Based on the novel by Robert Louis Stevenson. An ancient sea map falls into the hands of a brave youth who dreams of romantic and exciting adventures. The map unveils the route to the buried treasure of the legendary pirate Captain Flint. The buried treasure is on an island, lost in the ocean. Together with friends on a delightful sailing vessel, Jim heads off into dangerous waters. But it so happens that on the very ship that Jim sets out, also sails pirates, the very remnants of Captain Flint’s crew!||DVD||1971|
|ADVENTURES OF CAPTAIN VRUNGEL||DRUSADVE01A||123 min. Russian with English subtitles. Directed by David Cherkassky. A musical animated series (13 episodes) based on Nekrasov’s stories about the happy and courageous Captain Vrungel. A sea fleet is prepared for a round-the-world voyage. Famous captains from all over the world are invited to participate in an unprecedented competition. The highest stakes are wagered on the yacht of Captain Vrungel the “Misfortune,” and the foreign ship the “Black Cuttlefish.” At the same time in the King’s Museum of Art occurs the heist of the century - the theft of the statue of Venera. On the order of the chief of the gangsters, the thief Fuks must haul it on the “Black Cuttlefish.” But Captain Vrungel has hired Fuks as a sailor on the “Misfortune.” The gangsters Dzhuliko Banditto and De La Voro Gangsteritto do not arouse suspicion when they are sent to meet the “goods.” However, this case’s investigation is assigned to the super-agent 00X…||DVD||1979|
|PRINCESS AND THE PEA||DRUSPRIN01A||74 min. Russian with English subtitles. Directed by Boris Rytsarev. It was time for the prince to get married, but only to a real princess. A sign was put up on the gates: “A Princess Wanted”. However, in response to the sign, only a small girl appeared, soaked to the bone from the rain and bearing no resemblance to nobility. So the prince was forced to travel to other lands in search of a suitable match. In one kingdom, he meets a fat king, in another a hospitable king. He visits the kingdom of arts. He saw many princesses, beautiful and clever. And yet, the only princess he longs for proves to be the girl who had knocked at his door during a rainstorm.||DVD||1976|
|RUSLAN RUSSIAN 1 CARTOONS: LESSONS 1-10||PRIN||A beginners’ course in practical, everyday Russian by John Langran and Natalya Veshnyeva. The course maximizes the enjoyment of learning a new language, while giving a thorough grammatical and structural introduction in a communicative context.||DVD||2015|
|THE SCARLET FLOWER||DRUSSCAR01A, 01B||65 min. Russian with English subtitles. Directed by Irina Povolotskaya. The story of a merchant with three daughters, this film is based on the fairy tale of the same name by the Russian writer A. Aksakov. Setting out on an overseas trip, the merchant promises to bring his daughters presents. The two elder sisters ask for fabrics and other beautiful trinkets. His youngest and most loved daughter, Alyona, orders a remarkable wonder – a scarlet flower – which she had dreamed of in her sleep. That flower is found in a far-away land, the realm of a forest beast. The merchant finds the flower, but becomes the beast’s captive. Alyona follows her father to the far-away land, and her self-sacrifice is rewarded: the forest beast proves to be an enchanted handsome prince. The beautiful girl falls in love with his kind heart, freeing him from the spell of an evil sorceress.||DVD||1977|
|SITTING ON THE GOLDEN PORCH||DRUSSITT01A||72 min. Russian with English subtitles. Directed by Boris Rytsarev. Two kings, Fedot and Amphibrachiy, have lived peacefully next to each other for many years, but then Amphibrachiy disappears. The queen has difficulty coping with affairs and the state begins to fall into decay. Amphibrachiy’s daughter, Alyona, gets out of control, so her mother decides to find a husband for her. King Fedot has three sons: Paul, Peter, and Ivan, whom everybody considers fools. However, he manages to gain Alyona's heart, and having defeated Kashchei the Immortal, frees king Amphibrachiy from captivity.||DVD||1986|
|SMESHARIKI||DRUSSMES01A||483 min. Russian without subtitles. A three-disc set featuring many episodes of this "cartoon for the whole family," in which a group of colorful spherical animal friends provide entertainment ranging from musical comedy, detective stories, and romance to soccer and even the occasional bit of real horror. Guaranteed to bring smiles and an excellent mood.||DVD||2006|
|THE SNOW MAIDEN||DRUSSNOW01A||93 min. Russian with English subtitles. Directed by Pavel Kadochnikov. The film is based on the play of famous Russian writer A.N.Ostrovsky. Snyegurochka (“Snow Maiden”) is the daughter of Father Frost and Beauty Spring. Her ice heart had never known simple human feelings - joy, love – until she meets a young man, Lel'. His love and warmth shows Snyegurochka the richness of the world around her, kindling the heart of the cold beauty. Spiritual images of nature, cheerful dances, folk games, songs are all components of this fairy tale.||DVD||1968|
|THE SNOW QUEEN||DRUSSNWQ01A||80 min. Russian with English subtitles. Directed by Gennadij Kazanskij. Based on the fairy tale by Hans Christian Andersen, this film’s script was written by the well-known Russian writer Yevgheny Schwartz. The film is a touching story of remarkable love, human kindness and faithfulness to one’s duties. The fairy tale tells the story of the wonderful journey of a modest little girl, Herda. Herda is searching for her friend Kai, who was kidnapped by a powerful and wicked fairy the Snow Queen, and taken to her kingdom. Travelling in search of her dear friend, Herda mistakenly lands in the castle of a sly and treacherous, though comical, king, afterwards getting acquainted with bandits in the forest. The girl meets many obstacles along the way before facing a decisive battle with the Snow Queen. It is her loyalty that overcomes all obstacles…||DVD||1967|
|THE TALE OF TIME LOST||DRUSTALE01A||80 min. Russian with English subtitles. Directed by Alexander Ptushko. As a director, writer, animator and special effects designer, Alexander Ptushko was responsible for some of the most visually impressive fantasy films of Russian cinema. Here he brings to life a fairy tale about four old sorcerers who trade places with four lazy schoolchildren in order to regain their youth. Later, the kids discover that they can only change back to their former selves at an exact time and place or they will be stuck with the short remaining years of the sorcerers.||DVD||1964|
|THREE FROM SOUR CREAM VILLAGE & OTHER STORIES||DRUSTHRE01A||Russian without English subtitles. This DVD contains seven classic Russian children’s cartoons and would be suitable for all levels of Russian language students:
||DVD||1950 - 1994|
|UNCLE STEPA, THE POLICEMAN||STEP||*93 min. A collection of cartoons including the famous “Diadia Stepa Militsioner” [“Unkle Stepa the policeman”] based on a famous poem by Sergei Mihalkov, “Petya i volk” [“Peter and the Wolf”] based on Sergey Prokofiev’s musical symphony for children, and many others. “Diadia Stepa Militsioner” is a story about a kind giant policeman, a hero and role model for the neighborhood children.||DVD-PAL||2008|
|VASSILISA THE BEAUTIFUL||DRUSVASS01A||72 min. Russian with English subtitles. Directed by Aleksandr Rou. Based on a popular Russian folk tale, there once lived a father who had three sons. His two elder sons choose regular girls as brides, but the youngest one, Ivanushka, brought home a frog from the marshes. The father was very much surprised, but didn’t say anything. However, the frog actually was a beautiful girl, Vassilisa, on whom Gorynych the Serpent had cast a spell. Vassilisa had refused to marry the monster, so Gorynych turned her into a frog. Despite her appearances, Ivanushka would not renounce his love for Vassilisa. He then had to overcome many obstacles to return Vassilisa to her former appearance and kill the three-headed dragon.||DVD||1939|
|VINNI-PUKH AND EVERYONE, EVERYONE, EVERYONE||VIN2||*102 min. A collection of Soviet cartoons from the 50s, 60s, and 70s including the “Vinni-Pukh” animated series, as well as such well-known cartoons as “Perviy urok” [“First Lesson”], “Dva zhadnikh medvezhonka” [“Two greedy bear cubs”], and many others. The Vinni-Pukh series shows the adventures of the enterprising, resourceful and epicurean bear Vinni-Pukh and his loyal friend Pyatachiok (better known to American viewers and readers as Winnie the Pooh and Piglet). The collection includes such famous episodes as “Vinni-Pukh Idyot v Gosti” [“Vinni-Pukh Goes Visiting”], “Vinni-Pukh Den Zabot,” [“Vinni-Pukh and a Busy Day”] and others.||DVD-PAL||2008|