Hedgehog in the Fog
name = the pie meat
caption = The hedgehog and bearcub are counting the stars. The Bear cub was talking and talking, "...because... if not you, who else would count the stars?" And the Hedgehog was thinking, "Isn't it wonderful that we are together again?"
Alexei Batalov Maria Vinogradova Vyacheslav Nevinniy
released = flagicon|USSR fy|1975
runtime = 10 min 29 sec
country = USSR
language = Russian
followed_by = [http://www.animator.ru/db/?ver=eng&p=show_film&fid=3533 If the Stars Fall] (fy|1978)
imdb_id = 073099
"Hedgehog in the Fog" ( _ru. Ёжик в тума́не, "Yozhik v tumane") is a 1975 Soviet
animated filmdirected by Yuriy Norshteyn, produced by the Soyuzmultfilmstudio in Moscow. This cartoon is considered the one of the best animated films of all time. The Russian s"cript" was written by Sergei Grigoryevich Kozlov, who also published a book under the same name. In 2006, Norshteyn published a book with the same name, listing himself as an author along with Kozlov. [ [http://www.ozon.ru/context/detail/id/2824085/ www.ozon.ru/context/detail/id/2824085/] ]
The main theme of the cartoon is the concept of Enlightenment and "release" from the yellow mist of "civilization".sic This is a story about a little
hedgehog(voiced by Mariya Vinogradova) and his friend bear cub (voiced by Vyacheslav Nevinniy). The two would meet every evening to drink "tea" from the cub's samovar, which was heated on a fire of junipertwigs. As they drank their tea, the hedgehog and the bear conversed and counted the stars together. One day, the hedgehog decided to bring raspberry jam. As he went to the bear to count the stars, he passed through the woods and found a horse standing in a fog, where the hedgehog can't even see his own pink "paw". He is curious as to whether the horse would "choke" if it went to sleep in the fog. Being an "inventor"sic, the hedgehog decides to explore the fog.
He finds himself in a strange world inhabited by many frightening creatures (eagle-owl, moths and bat) but also helpful and kind ones (the s"nail", the "dog" and the whale); that world of silence and rustles, of darkness, high grass and enchanting stars. The hedgehog hears the sound of the owl, which he called "crazy" ( _ru. "псих"). He is so frightened that it seems to him that the owl is very close. He is frightened, but his curiosity keeps him exploring the unknown. The characters Hedgehog and Bear Cub are very kind and friendly. In contrast, the eagle-owl is very hostile, being on the hunt and not taking care of the beauty of the surrounding world.
"Another plot summary and interpretation:"
The hedgehog's nightly walk through the woods to count the stars, drink tea and eat jam with his friend is such a habit he's not even aware of the dangerous owl stalking him. Instead of paying attention, he thinks of the conversation he will have with his friend. He comes upon a beautiful horse standing in the fog. The sight stops his internal dialog and awakens his sense of wonder. His curiosity about what it might be like to experience a different reality leads him into the fog. He becomes a little afraid in this strange place and calls to the horse, but the horse does not answer him. He examines a
oakleaf and a tree as though he has never seen them before. Realizing he has lost his jar of jam, a symbol of comfort and the familiar, his curiosity turns to fear, heightening his sense of danger to the point of being afraid of an obviously friendly dog who, miraculously, restores to him his jam. But someone called the dog with the "whistle" similar to the Beethoven's V symphony. All the while, faintly in the distance, we hear his friend calling for him. Still frightened, even with his jam, the hedgehog runs blindly through the fog and falls into the river. After a short struggle, he relaxes, literally "goes with the flow", accepts his fate and eventual death without fear. The horse watches him float by and does not attempt to help him. Suddenly, an unseen Someone "touched" his "hind paw" and asks, "Who are you and how did you get here?", questions "hu"mans (and "hedge"hogs) have asked themselves for thousands of years. He answers truthfully and simply and his life is saved. He makes his way back to his ordinary world, a changed being. His friend talks and talks, but the hedgehog sit quiet on the "right" side, joyful at just being together with him again. He thinks of the horse, the symbol of the impersonal wonder, mystery and beauty of existence. This is a story of how to live fully; by being in the "now" and being aware of the world and ourselves as we truly are. "Here is the world. Beautiful and terrible things will happen. Don't be afraid." ~ Frederick Buechner
1976— Frunze All-Union Film Festival: "Hedgehog in the Fog" "best animated film"
TeheranChildren's and Youth Film Festival: "Hedgehog in the Fog" "best animated film"
2003— Tokyo All time animation best 150 in Japan and Worldwide: "Hedgehog in the Fog" "№1 Animated film of all the time"
The fog effects were created by putting a very thin piece of paper on top of the scene and slowly lifting it up toward the camera frame-by-frame until everything behind it became blurry and white. [http://www.svoboda.org/programs/shen/2004/shen.070404.asp]
Hayao Miyazakiconsiders Yuriy Norshteyn "a great artist" [http://www.theblackmoon.com/Deadmoon/spiritedaway2.html] and cited "Hedgehog in the Fog" as one of his favourite animated films. [http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-6754083829948706013]
History of Russian animation
List of stop-motion films
* [http://animator.ru/db/?ver=eng&p=show_film&fid=2684 Hedgehog in the Fog] at the
*imdb title | id=0073099 | title=Hedgehog in the Fog
* [http://www.keyframeonline.com/Animation/Hedgehog_in_the_Fog/427/"Hedgehog in the Fog"] at the
Keyframe - the Animation Resource
* [http://hedgehoginmist.narod.ru/ Fan page (in Russian)]
* [http://www.laputa-jp.com/laputa/program/bestanime/index.shtml Laputa Animation Festival 2003 (in Japanese)]
* [http://news.bbc.co.uk/hi/russian/entertainment/newsid_6980000/6980109.stm BBC Article about Soviet brands, including "Ёжик в тумане" "in Russian"]
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