The Mystery of the Third Planet

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The Mystery of the Third Planet
Тайна третьей планеты
Tajna tretej planety.jpg
DVD cover (Krupnyy Plan)
Directed by Roman Kachanov
Written by Kir Bulychov (story & screenplay)
Starring Olga Gromova
Yuri Andreyev
Vladimir Druzhnikov
Vladimir Kenigson
Vasily Livanov
Rina Zelyonaya
Music by Aleksandr Zatsepin
Edited by Nadezhda Treshcheva
Olga Vasilenko
Distributed by Soviet Union Soyuzmultfilm
United States Jambre Pictures (1981-1985), Touchstone Pictures (re-release, 1985)
Release date(s) 1981 (USSR)
Running time 50 min 6 sec (original version)
Country Soviet Union
Language Russian

The Mystery of the Third Planet (Russian: Тайна третьей планеты, Tayna tretyey planety), aka The Secret of the Third Planet is a 1981 Soviet traditionally animated feature film directed by Roman Kachanov and produced by the Soyuzmultfilm studio in Moscow. It is based on a children's science fiction novella "Alice's Travel" by Kir Bulychov, from Alisa (Alice) Selezneva book series.[1]

The movie is considered a cult classic in Russia,[2] it was included in various top list of animated films[3][4] and science fiction films.[5] A shortened novelisation of the film was written by Bulychov himself, a diafilm and a number of video games were based on The Mystery of the Third Planet, and spiritual successor film Alice's Birthday was released in 2009.

Plot[edit]

On June 2, 2181, Alice, her father Professor Seleznyov and Captain Green go on a space expedition to find rare animals for Moscow Zoo. On the way, they visit many planets, meet many interesting denizens of the cosmos (such as a flying cow and a chatterbird) and accidentally uncover and become caught up in a space pirate conspiracy.

Creators[edit]

English Russian
Director Roman Kachanov Роман Качанов
Writer Kir Bulychov (story & screenplay) Кир Булычёв
Art Director Natalya Orlova[Note 1] Наталья Орлова[Note 1]
Artists Alla Goreva
Dmitriy Kulikov
Igor Oleynikov
I. Litovskaya
Irina Svetlitsa
Victor Chuguyevskiy
V. Maksimovich
Geliy Arkadyev
Gennady Morozov
Алла Горева
Дмитрий Куликов
Игорь Олейников
И. Литовская
Ирина Светлица
Виктор Чугуевский
В. Максимович
Гелий Аркадьев
Геннадий Морозов
Animators Marina Voskanyants
Marina Rogova
Vladimir Arbekov
Vladimir Zarubin
Aleksandr Panov
Violetta Kolesnikova
Renata Mirenkova
Vladimir Shevchenko
Antonina Alyoshina
Olga Orlova
Joseph Kuroyan
Yuriy Batanin
Марина Восканьянц
Марина Рогова
Владимир Арбеков
Владимир Зарубин
Александр Панов
Виолетта Колесникова
Рената Миренкова
Владимир Шевченко
Антонина Алешина
Ольга Орлова
Иосиф Куроян
Юрий Батанин
Camera Svetlana Koshcheyeva
Teodor Bunimovich
Светлана Кощеева
Теодор Бунимович
Music Aleksandr Zatsepin Александр Зацепин
Editors Nadezhda Treshcheva
Olga Vasilenko
Надежда Трещева
Ольга Василенко
Sound Boris Filchikov Борис Фильчиков
Script Editor Natalya Abramova Наталья Абрамова
Executive Producer Ninel Lipnitskaya Нинель Липницкая
Voice Actors Olga Gromova (Alice)
Vsevolod Larionov (Seleznyov)
Vasily Livanov (Gromozeka)
Grigory Shpigel (Vesselchuck Oo)
Rina Zelyonaya (Old Lady with a cake)
Yuriy Andreyev (Prof. Verhovtsev)
Vladimir Druzhnikov (Cpt. Kim)
Vladimir Kenigson (Chatterbird)
Yuriy Volyntsev (Cpt. Green)
Yelena Krasnobayeva
Roman Kachanov, Jr (Ushan on the Street)
Ольга Громова (Алиса)
Всеволод Ларионов (Селезнёв)
Василий Ливанов (Громозека)
Григорий Шпигель (Весельчак У)
Рина Зеленая (старушка с тортиком)
Юрий Андреев (профессор Верховцев)
Владимир Дружников (капитан Ким)
Владимир Кенигсон (Говорун)
Юрий Волынцев (капитан Зелёный)
Елена Краснобаева
Роман Качанов-мл.(Ушан на улице)
  1. ^ a b The actress Yekaterina Semyonova, daughter of Orlova, has said that the design of Alice was based on her and that her father served as the prototype of Captain Green.

Other company in the world[edit]

Country Company Air Date in cinema Title Dubbing Note
 Finland YLE
Nelonen
6 November 1982 Kolmannen planeetan arvoitus Finnish -
 United States Touchstone Pictures 23 May 1987 (first version)
4 December 1998 (second version)
Alice and the mystery of the third planet (American version) English -
 Estonia Tallinnfilm
Kanal 2
3 July 1987 (cinema)
5 March 2007 (Festival)
Kolmanda planeedi saladus Estonian The movie showed in Haapsalu Fantasy & Horror
 Sweden TV3 (Sweden) 1 April 1998 Mysteriet med två kaptener Swedish -
 Argentina Empresa Hispanoamericana de Video 4 November 1997 El misterio del tercer planeta Spanish -
 Spain Telecinco
Clan TVE
21 December 1998 El misterio del tercer planeta Spanish -
 Iceland RÚV 1 January 2000 Lísa: Hættulegt vetrarbraut Medúsa. Icelandic -
 Lithuania TV3 Lithuania 14 March 2000 Trečiojo planetos paslaptis Lithuanian -
 Italy
 San Marino
Italia 1, Rai Due (Italy)
SMRTV (San Marino)
15 April 2000 Il Mistero della Terzo Pianeta Italian This movie dedicated to singer Demetrio Stratos, one of his songs played at the end of the film.
  Switzerland RSI (Italian)
RTS Deux (French)
SRF zwei (German)
15 April 2000 (Italian)
10 March 2003 (French)
1 March 2006 (German)
Il Mistero della Terzo Pianeta
Le Mystère de la Troisième Planète
Die Unterhaltung von Alice: Galaxie Medusa
Italian
French
German
-
 Latvia TV3 Latvia 14 October 2000 Alice: Sāciet piedzīvojumu Latvian -
 Bulgaria BNT 27 April 2001 (with movie Driven) Мистерията на третата планета Bulgarian The movie demostranined wit movie Driven
 Poland Polsat 4 July 2001 Tajemnica Trzeciej Planety Polish -
 China CCTV-6, CCTV-14 12 April 2003 第三顆行星的奧秘 Chinese (Mandarin) Mandarin dubbed version
 France France 3, TF1 10 March 2003 Le Mystère de la Troisième Planète French
 Czech Republic
 Slovakia
Barrandov
Markíza
14 May 2003 Tajemství třetí planety
Tajomstvo tretej planéty
Czech
Slovak
-
 Australia Nine Network 18 July 2004 Girl from Earth (Australian version) English -
 Netherlands NCRV 17 November 2004 Mysterie van de Derde Planeet Subtitled -
 Belgium VRT (Dutch)
RTBF (French)
24 December 2004 (Dutch)
20 February 2005 (French)
Mysterie van de Derde Planeet
Le Mystère de la Troisième Planète
Dutch
French
-
 South Korea KBS 1 August 2005 3 번째 행성의 신비 Korean -
 Hungary RTL Klub, A+ 31 October 2005 Misztériumát a harmadik bolygó. Hungarian -
 Romania
 Republic of Moldova
Prime TV (Moldova)
TVR2 (Romania)
1 January 2006 Misterul din a treia planetă Romanian -
 Germany
 Austria
RTL II (Germany)
ORF (Austria)
1 March 2006 (Germany)
24 December 2006 (Austria)
Die Unterhaltung von Alice: Galaxie Medusa German In Austria released after six months after Germany/
 United Kingdom BBC One 23 July 2000 (cinema)
4 March 2001 (TV)
Alice's Travel (British version) English (UK) -
 India Imagine TV
Kushi TV
Animax (India)
Summer 2007
4 April 2009 (DVD version with Asoka)
ऐलिस यात्रा
ఆలిస్ యొక్క ప్రయాణం
Girl from Earth
Hindi
Telugu
English
The movie released in DVD version with movie Asoka
 Indonesia Indosiar 1 January 2008 Gadis dari Bumi Indonesian -
 Israel Arutz HaYeladim 8 July 2008 המסתורין של כוכב לכת השלישי Hebrew Movie demostranied with movie מועדון הווינקX - דיבוב לעברית
 Bosnia and Herzegovina
 Macedonia
 Croatia
 Serbia
 Slovenia
 Montenegro
RTV BN
MKRTV
HRT
Happy TV
POP TV
RTCG
25 May 2008 Misterija Trećeg Planete
Тајната на Сончевиот систем Медуза
Misterija treći planeta
Тајна трећег планете (Tajna trejeg planete)
Skrivnost tretjega Planetu
Алиса: Таjна простори
Bosnian
Macedonian
Croatian
Serbian
Slovenian
Montenegrin
Movie released day before grandfinal Eurovision 2008
 Turkey Kanal D, Show TV 1 August 2008 Üçüncü Gezegen Gizem Turkish -
 Albania RTSH 1 August 2008 Misteri i planetit Tretë Albanian -
 Portugal RTP1 1 November 2008 Mistério da Medusa galáxia Portuguese -
 Norway TV 2 24 December 2008 Alice: eventyret begynne Norwedish -
 Japan Nippon Animation
Toei Animation (dubbing)
12 March 2009 アリスのスペースアドベンチャー:サードプラネット Japanese Alice similar Captain Harlock
 Greece Star Channel 25 May 2009 Το μυστήριο του τρίτου πλανήτη Greek -
Middle East MBC 3, Spacetoon 20 May 2010 سر الكوكب الثالث Arabic The premiere of movie cancelled in Syria, Iraq and Oman
 Brazil SBT 21 July 2010 O Mistério do Planeta Terceiro Potuguese (Brazilian) The air date coincided with the birth of the second son of the Hulk.
 Hong Kong TVB 25 July 2010 银河公主神秘的美杜莎 Chinese Cantonese dubbeb vesion
 Denmark DR1 1 November 2010 Mysteriet om den tredje planet Danish -
 Philippines ABS-CBN
GMA Network
8 November 2010 Ang Misteryo ng Ikatlong Planeta Tagalog -
 Belarus Belarus-1 17 December 2010 Тайна трёх капитанов Russian
 Canada Télétoon (French)
YTV (English)
26 November 2011 (French)
13 December 2011 (English)
Le Mystère de la Deuxième Captians
The Mystery of the Two Captians
French
English
French and English Canadian dubbed version.
Latin America Televisa (MEX)
Telefe (Argentina)
Canal 13 (Chile)
Caracol Television (Colombia)
Frecuencia Latina (Peru)
Venevisión (Venesuela)
TV Total (Uruguay)
23 November 2012 El misterio del tercer planeta Spanish -

Music[edit]

UK:Do Ya Think I'm Sexy (Rod Stewart) (Opening), Enjoy the Silence (Depeche Mode), Human Touch (Bruce Springsteen) (Ending)
Greece:Disco girl (Sakis Rouvas)
Italy:Lunatic (Gazebo) (Opening)
Germany:Wunder gibt es immer wieder (Katja Ebstein)
France:Adagio remix (Lara Fabian)
Bulgaria:DJ, please Take Me Away (Deep Zone Project) (Trailer)

Home video and English adaptations[edit]

The film was adapted twice for the US market. It was first brought over as a video release in 1987, with dubbed voices. The second time, it was released in the 1990s as part of Mikhail Baryshnikov's "Stories from My Childhood" series. This series consisted of films that were bought by California-based company Films by Jove from Soyuzmultfilm for the international market. Over $1.5 million was spent by this company restoring the prints, adding new music and redubbing the films with American actors. This version of the film was named Alice and the Mystery of the Third Planet and has been released on VHS as well as on a 1999 DVD collection with several other films [2]. The film has been released on DVD several times (the latest release, which featured rather misleading cover art, was in October 2005 [3]). The original Russian version with English subtitles is here: [4]

The Films by Jove version of the film has been criticized by some of those who saw the original for adding many extra dialogue lines, shortening the film, and replacing the unique synthesizer music by Alexander Zatsepin.[6]

The original film has been released on several DVD editions in Russia, including a newly restored one by Krupnyy Plan.

Games[edit]

  • In 2005 an arcade platform game was made by the company Akella based on the film, called "Alice's Space Adventure".
  • An adventure game was released in the same year called "Alice's Journey", also produced by Akella (but developed by "Step Creative Group").

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