Alice's Birthday

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Alice's Birthday
Official poster
Directed by Sergey Seryogin
Produced by Vyacheslav Mayasov
Aleksandr Gerasimov
Written by Kir Bulychov (story)
Andrey Zhitkov
Andrey Salomatov
Sergey Seryogin
Music by Dmitriy Rybnikov
Distributed by Master-film
Release date
  • February 12, 2009 (2009-02-12)
Running time
90 minutes
Country Russia
Language Russian
Budget 60 mln rub (US$2 million)

Alice's Birthday (Russian: Де́нь рожде́ния Али́сы, translit. Den' rozhdeniya Alisy), is a 2009[1] Russian traditionally animated children's science fiction film, directed by Sergey Seryogin and produced by Master-film studio. The film is based on a novella of the same name by Kir Bulychov about Alisa (Alice) Selezneva, a teenage girl from the future. It is a spiritual successor to 1981 animated film The Mystery of the Third Planet, from which it draws a heavy influence.


Alisa Selezneva joins an archeological expedition to the dead planet of Coleida. There are well-preserved cities from the past, yet all of planet's inhabitants had died centuries ago due to unknown plague.

Using a time-travelling device, Alisa and an alien scientist Rrrr, who looks almost exactly like a cat, travel to the planet's past, to the day the plague began. They find themselves in a world that resembles 20th century Earth, Soviet Union in particular. Coleidians are expecting the return of their cosmonauts from their first trip to another planet. Alisa realizes that the cosmonauts were the cause of the plague, and decides to prevent it.

Through numerous obstacles, she comes close to the returned spaceship and uses a disinfection spray to prevent plague from spreading. To Coleidian police, it looks like an assault, so they catch Alisa and imprison her. With Rrrr's help, she's able to escape and return to the future. Upon arrival, they find that the future changed and Coleida is no more a dead planet, but a flourishing civilisation.


Roughly one third of the film's 60 million ruble budget[2] was provided by the Russian government.[3]

The film premiered in Star City, Russia on February 12, 2009.[2] It was widely released in Russia on February 19 with 250 film prints.[2]

Some of the scenes were done using Flash animation.[4] The part of Gromozeka was played by Aleksey Kolgan, who is also the Russian voice of Shrek.[5] Natalya Guseva, who played Alisa in the 1985 live-action TV series Guest from the Future, has a minor role as the spaceship captain.

Script Editor - Natalya Abramova. Art Director — Sergey Gavrilov.


Alice's Birthday was met with mixed reviews. It was praised as a faithful adaptation and for following the traditions of The Mystery of the Third Planet, as Alice's Birthday characters' design was largely based on that film. Yet many critics were disappointed with the film's visual style and soundtrack. Mir Fantastiki called the film a nostalgic reprise of Soviet science fiction that tries to catch up to modern children.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Новиков, Леонид. Мультяков громадье. 2007-03-12
  2. ^ a b c В Звездном городке представили премьеру мультфильма «День рождения Алисы». Mir TV. February 12, 2009. Accessed on February 20, 2009. (Russian)
  3. ^ В России больше не снимают мультфильмы. February 5, 2009. (Russian)
  4. ^ Рукотворные истории. (Russian) Vedomosti. July 3, 2007. Accessed on: October 24, 2008.
  5. ^ Info about the preliminary May 2008 screening at (Russian). Retrieved on: October 24, 2008.

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