Russia’s First Theatrical Ani. Feature in 40 Years?

St. Petersburg-based Melnitsa Animation claims that its Little Longnose will be Russia’s first theatrically released full-length animated film to be produced in nearly four decades.

Based on the classic fairy tales of Wilhelm Hauff, Little Longnose is a magical and suspenseful tale about the power of friendship. When Jacob, a kind-hearted shoemaker’s son, refuses to do an evil witch’s bidding, she takes away seven years of his life and turns him into an ugly dwarf. Jacob returns to his home to find that his father has died from grief and even his own mother can’t recognize him. After being driven from the town, he saves the life of a goose, who is actually the King’s daughter under a spell cast by the same witch. Together, they must stop the witch’s sinister plan to rule the kingdom and in the process, get their lives back.

The 83-minute film was directed by Ilya Maximov and produced by the team of Sergey Selyanov and Alexander Boyarsky. Konstantin Bronzit, who directed the ANNECY ’98 Grand Prix-winning short parody Die Hard, supervised production, which began in 2000. Little Longnose will make its Russian premiere on March 20, 2003.