The Enchanted Boy
|The Enchanted Boy
Nils on Martin's back during their adventure across Lapland
|Directed by||Vladimir Polkovnikov
|Written by||Selma Lagerlöf (story)
|Music by||Vladimir Yurovskiy|
|Edited by||Nina Mayorova|
The Enchanted Boy (Russian: Заколдованный мальчик, Zakoldovanyy malchik) is a 1955 Soviet/Russian traditionally animated feature film directed by Vladimir Polkovnikov and Aleksandra Snezhko-Blotskaya. The film is an adaptation of The Wonderful Adventures of Nils by Selma Lagerlöf. It was produced at the Soyuzmultfilm studio in Moscow.
The film's image and sound were recently restored by the Russian company Krupnyy Plan, which released it on video and DVD packaged together with Cipollino, a 1961, 40-minute feature film directed by Boris Dyozhkin. No English-subtitled version has been released.
The naughty boy Nils, who delights in torturing animals, is bewitched by a tomte. Now shrunken to a small size and able to talk to animals, he flies across Lapland on the backs of wild geese. During these dangerous travels he does many noble deeds, and, at the same time, searches for the tomte who would take the spell away.
|Scenario||Mikhail Volpin||Михаил Вольпин|
|Art Directors||Grazhina Brashishkitye
|Camera Operator||Mikhail Druyan||Михаил Друян|
|Composer||Vladimir Yurovskiy||Владимир Юровский|
|Sound Operator||Nikolai Prilutskiy||Николай Прилуцкий|
|Voice actors||Valentina Sperantova (Nils)
Anatoly Kubatsky (Gnome)
Erast Garin (Martin)
Georgiy Vitsin (Rozenbaum)
|Editor||Nina Mayorova||Нина Майорова|
- For strengthening of an image artists gave to the leader of a horde of rats of line (a bang on the head) and manners of behavior of Adolf Hitler (it is remarkable that the actor Sergey Martinson sounding the Rat (in credits is absent) the first on the Soviet screen embodied Hitler in the movie "New Adventures of Shveyk").
- At the episode occurring in "the night city" in Selma Lagerlöf's book the exact scene of action — the city of Karlskrona is specified. The Bronze King and the Wooden Boatswain (it Rozenbom) has real prototypes — a monument to the king Charles XI of Sweden and a wooden statue - "moneybox" at a vegetable marrow.
In the early nineties the animated film is released on videotapes by the film association "Krupnyy Plan", later to the middle of the 1990th — in the collection "The Best Soviet Animated Films" of Studio PRO Video, in the mid-nineties — in the collection of animated films of a film studio "Soyuzmultfilm" a videostudio "Soyuz", since 1996 was reissued by the same studio.