Hedgehog in the Fog

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Hedgehog in the Fog
Directed by Yuriy Norshteyn
Produced by Soyuzmultfilm
Written by Sergei Kozlov
Starring Alexei Batalov
Maria Vinogradova
Vyacheslav Nevinniy
Music by Mikhail Meyerovich
Cinematography Nadezhda Treschyova
Edited by Natalia Abramova
Release dates
October 23, 1975
Running time
10 min 29 s
Country USSR
Language Russian

Hedgehog in the Fog (Russian: Ёжик в тумане, tr. Yozhik v tumane; IPA: [ˈjɵʐɨk v ˈtʊmɐnʲe]) is a 1975 Soviet/Russian animated film directed by Yuriy Norshteyn, produced by the Soyuzmultfilm studio in Moscow. The Russian script was written by Sergei Kozlov, who also published a book under the same name. In 2006, Norshteyn published a book titled Hedgehog in the Fog, listing himself as an author alongside Kozlov.[1]

Plot[edit]

This is a story about a little hedgehog (voiced by Mariya Vinogradova), who is on his way to visit his friend the bear cub. As explained in the introductory narration, the two would meet every evening to drink tea from the cub's samovar, which was heated on a fire of juniper twigs. As they drank their tea, the hedgehog and the bear would converse and count the stars together.

On this day, the hedgehog decides to bring the bear cub some raspberry jam. As Hedgehog heads out, a sinister looking eagle-owl is following him. Hedgehog passes through the woods and encounters a beautiful white horse standing in a fog. He is curious as to whether the horse would drown if it went to sleep in the fog. The hedgehog decides to explore the fog for himself. As he goes down an incline into the fog, it is soon so thick that the hedgehog can't even see his own paw.

The fog alternately thickens and thins; when it thins the hedgehog briefly catches vague sight of objects and creatures which disappear again as the fog thickens. Hedgehog finds himself in a surreal and frightening world inhabited by shapes which are not always identifiable and various creatures ranging from predators to friendly animals, in a world of silence and rustles, darkness, tall grass and enchanting stars.

The owl, which has been following the hedgehog, appears near him suddenly and hoots; only to disappear again, prompting the Hedgehog to call it psycho (Russian: псих). The hedgehog is frightened, but his curiosity keeps him exploring the unknown. Occasionally an unseen distant voice is heard calling out for Hedgehog. As Hedgehog explores a large hollow tree, he realizes he has lost his present for bear. A large dog frightens Hedgehog, but the dog has the raspberry jam.

Hedgehog falls into a river and believes he is going to drown. He floats downstream on his back and is rescued, possibly by a fish, and is set on shore. The Hedgehog arrives at the campfire where bear cub is brewing tea. Bear (voiced by Vyacheslav Nevinniy) explains that he was calling for hedgehog, worried that he was late. The two sit together drinking tea and the hedgehog thinks of the horse.

Creators[edit]

Hedgehog in the Fog on the 1988 USSR stamp.
Director Yuriy Norshteyn (Юрий Норштейн)
Writer Sergei Kozlov (Сергей Козлов)
Art Director Franchesca Yarbusova (Франческа Ярбусова)
Animator Yuriy Norshteyn (Юрий Норштейн)
Camera Operator Alexandr Zhukovskiy (Александр Жуковский)
Composer Mikhail Meyerovich (Михаил Меерович)
Sound Operator Boris Filchikov (Борис Фильчиков)
Script Editor Natalya Abramova (Наталья Абрамова)
Voice Actors Alexei Batalov (Алексей Баталов) Narrator
Mariya Vinogradova (Мария Виноградова) Hedgehog
Vyacheslav Nevinny (Вячеслав Невинный) Bear cub
Film Editor Nadezhda Treshchyova (Надежда Трещёва)

Awards[edit]

  • 1976—Frunze All-Union Film Festival: Hedgehog in the Fog "best animated film"
  • 1976—Tehran Children'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"

Other information[edit]

Hedgehog on graffiti. Kharkov, 2008

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.[2]

Hayao Miyazaki considers Yuriy Norshteyn "a great artist"[3] and cited Hedgehog in the Fog as one of his favorite animated films.

Legacy[edit]

Since January 2009 the main character (the Hedgehog) from the movie has a statue in the city center of the capital of Ukraine, Kiev.[4]

The film is a great influence to music video director and filmmaker Michel Gondry. There are cinematographic elements of the film that are featured throughout Björk's music video 'Human Behaviour', which was directed by Gondry in 1993.[citation needed]

The film was referenced in the third episode of the eighth season of the animated comedy series Family Guy, "Spies Reminiscent of Us" in 2009. Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane is a huge fan of Hedgehog in the Fog.[citation needed]

The opening ceremonies for the 2014 Winter Olympics referenced this work, mentioning it in a list of signature Russian accomplishments and artists, including Dostoevsky, Tolstoy, and Sputnik.[citation needed]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Ежик в тумане. Ozon.ru. Retrieved on 2012-11-23.
  2. ^ "Все свободны" – разговор на свободные темы. svoboda.org (2007-07-04)
  3. ^ Hayao Miyazaki in Los Angeles!. Black Moon (2002-09-13). Retrieved on 2012-11-23.
  4. ^ Monument to “Hedgehog in Fog” appeared in Kyiv, UNIAN (2009-01-27)

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