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Directed by Stanislav Sokolov
Produced by Akop Kirakosyan
Written by E. T. A. Hoffmann
Victor Slavkin
Stanislav Sokolov
Starring Slava Polunin
Anvar Libabov
Natalya Fisson
Vladimir Koshevoy
Music by Shandor Kallosh
Release date
  • November 2005 (2005-11)
(13 mins. version)
  • November 20, 2006 (2006-11-20)
(20 mins. version)
  • November 11, 2008 (2008-11-11)
(78 mins. version)
  • November 2016 (2016-11)
(full 90 mins. version)
Running time
90 minutes
Country Russia
Language Russian

Hoffmaniada (Russian: Гофманиа́да; Gofmaniada) is a stop motion-animated feature film from Russian studio Soyuzmultfilm. The concept and all of the art design was done by Mikhail Shemyakin and it is being directed by Stanislav Sokolov.

It will be based on the tales of E. T. A. Hoffmann. The film will use puppet animation exclusively and will avoid using computer animation for special effects. The first 20 minutes of the film were screened on November 20, 2006, in Saint Petersburg[1] and received positive reactions from various news outlets.[2] A November 11, 2006 article said that the money to continue filming could not be found in Russia and that the filmmakers would probably try to find Western investors.[2] A November 18, 2008 article said that the necessary money was finally given by the government.[3] The finished film will run around 78 minutes[3] and, as of June 2015, is expected to be released in early 2016.[4]


The film will be based around three of Hoffmann's tales (Klein Zaches, The Golden Pot and The Sandman),[3] with the main character being Hoffmann himself. In particular, it will focus on the duality between the imaginative universe of his writings and his real-life profession as a government clerk (which will be based on his letters and journals).[5]

History and technique[edit]

The project was initiated by Soyuzmultfilm director Akop Kirakosyan (Акоп Киракосян), who invited Shemyakin to the project; the idea of doing a film about E. T. A. Hoffmann's stories was Shemyakin's. Work began in 2001. It is the biggest project that the Soyuzmultfilm studio has worked on since the collapse of the Soviet Union. The 22 puppets which were used in the first 20 minutes of the film were brought to the November screening. Each puppet took no less than a month to make.[1] Actual filming for the pilot began in late 2005, and the first 13 minutes were screened in late November 2005.[6]

The full film will have over 150 puppets, some of which will appear on the screen for only a few seconds. The spring of 2008 will be devoted to creating these puppets, and the actual filming period for the rest of the film will begin in the summer.[7]

In November 2008, Shemyakin mentioned that he will be coming to Moscow to again work on the film "in a few months".[8] A video report from September 1, 2010 showed that work was still ongoing.[9] In a September 6, 2010 interview, Shemyakin said that if funding were given, the film would be finished in a year and a half. However, as of January 2011, the film crew were either not being paid at all (as during one 6-month period) or being paid very little, so progress was very slow.[10]

On June 3, 2011, Soyuzmultdesign published an official booklet for the upcoming film, which says that preparation for shooting the second and final part of the film began on March 3, 2011, and that the final 90-minute film would be released in May 2014. Also, the official English name was revealed to be Hoffmaniada.[11]

In July 23, 2013, it was reported that the film is scheduled to be released in 2015.[12][13]

In December 2013, Shemyakin said in an interview that the government had allocated no funding and the film was continuing to be worked on for practically no money. He expressed hope for completion in two to three years.[14] In a detailed article about the film in April 2014, it was stated that two years of work are left.[15]

Related television series[edit]

In October 2013 at the Mipcom television market in Cannes, it was reported that, in addition to the feature film, a series of 26 13-minute episodes called Tales of Hoffmann (Сказки Гофмана) will be made for television, each one based on a particular Hoffmann tale. The series will use the same puppets as are used in the film.[16]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Шемякин оживил сказки Гофмана (video)" (in Russian). НТВ (NTV.ru). November 20, 2006. Retrieved December 16, 2006. 
  2. ^ a b «Гофманиада» Михаила Шемякина (in Russian). Культура. November 21, 2006. Retrieved December 17, 2006. 
  3. ^ a b c Igumnova, Zoya (November 11, 2008). Шемякин экранизирует Гофмана. Sobesednik (in Russian). Archived from the original on November 24, 2010. 
  4. ^ Студия «Союзмультфильм» отмечает день рождения вместе со свиньей-копилкой. VM. 2015-06-09.
  5. ^ ЦИОПА, Алина (November 22, 2006). ШЕМЯКИН "ЗАБОЛЕЛ" АНИМАЦИЕЙ (in Russian). Невское время. Retrieved December 17, 2006. [dead link]
  6. ^ Osipovich, Alexander (November 25, 2005). "Image". The Moscow Times. Retrieved January 15, 2011. 
  7. ^ «Гофманиада» Михаила Шемякина. 40i.ru (in Russian). April 2, 2008. Retrieved January 15, 2011. 
  8. ^ Krylov, Valeriy (November 10, 2008). Михаил Шемякин: «Надоело выпрашивать деньги!». Smena (in Russian). Retrieved January 15, 2011. 
  9. ^ ""Hoffmaniada" is still being made (video)". September 1, 2010. Retrieved January 15, 2011. 
  10. ^ Smolev, Dmitriy (September 6, 2010). Шемякинские чтения. Izvestia (in Russian). Retrieved January 15, 2011. 
  11. ^ Soyuzmultdesign "Hoffmaniada" booklet, June 3, 2011. Accessed on: August 12, 2011.
  12. ^ «Союзмультфильм» превратят в культурный центр. Izvestiya. July 23, 2013.
  13. ^ На "Союзмультфильме" оживляют мир сказок Гофмана (video). TVKultura. 2013-09-19.
  14. ^ «Гофманиада» Шемякина может выйти на экраны в 2016–2017 годах. Topdialog.ru. 2013-12-06
  15. ^ Markov, Maksim. Судьба мультфильма. Часть 3: «Гофманиада». Ridus. 2014-04-28.
  16. ^ MIPCOM 2013: Российская анимация была представлена зарубежным продюсерам, байерам и прессе. 2013-10-11.

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