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 byRoman Kachanov
Written byKir Bulychev (story & screenplay)
StarringOlga Gromova
Yuri Andreyev
Vladimir Druzhnikov
Vladimir Kenigson
Vasily Livanov
Rina Zelyonaya
Music byAleksandr Zatsepin
Edited byNadezhda Treshcheva
Olga Vasilenko
Distributed bySoyuzmultfilm (USSR)
Jambre Pictures (U.S. 1981-1985), Touchstone Pictures (U.S. re-release, 1985)
Release date
Running time
50 minutes (original version)
CountrySoviet Union
LanguageRussian

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 Bulychev, 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 Bulychev 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]

Captain Zelyonyy (Green), Professor Seleznyov and his daughter Alisa Selezneva set out from Earth aboard the starship "Pegas" (Pegasus), seeking out new animal species for the Moscow Zoo. On the advice of the archaeologist Gromozeka, they turn to Doctor Verkhovtsev, the director of the Museum of Two Captains, for help. But the doctor behaves suspiciously: he refuses to show them the Captains' diaries and starts spying on the expedition. On the planet Bluk they make some valuable purchases, among them a Chatterer — the bird belonging to the missing captain Kim. A suspicious fat man, Merry Fellow Oo, tries to steal a bird. Having listened to the speech of the Chatterer, the crew of "Pegas" heads for the Jellyfish system. On the road, the heroes rescue robots of the planet Shelezyaka from diamond dust, mixed into machine oil.

On the third planet of the Jellyfish system Alisa finds "mirrors" — the flowers which are memorable and displaying everything that occurred before them. By means of mirrors the heroes find out that on the planet there are Verkhovtsev and the Merry Fellow. In attempt to fly in a safe place of "Pegas" falls in a trap. Seleznyov and Green are captured by pirates, Alisa manages to run away.

On the planet the captain Buran, and with him — the real Verkhovtsev lands. Alisa asks them for help. Meanwhile, the Merry Fellow threatening to murder the captives, demands from captain Kim locked in the ship, a formula of absolute fuel. Buran's invasion rescues the heroes. The double Verkhovtsev, Glot, is exposed. The Merry Fellow in attempt to escape falls into the clutches a bird of prey, Krok. The captains and researchers return home.

Creators[edit]

English Russian
Director Roman Kachanov Роман Качанов
Writer Kir Bulychev (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, Chatterbird)
Vasily Livanov (Gromozeka)
Grigory Shpigel (Vesselchuck Oo)
Rina Zelyonaya (Old lady with a cake)
Yuriy Andreyev (Navigator Basov)

Pyotr Vishnyakov (Prof. Verhovtsev, Glot)
Vladimir Druzhnikov (Cpt. Kim)

Nikolai Grabbe (Cpt. Buran)
Vladimir Kenigson (Robot waiter, robot from planet Shelezyaka)
Yuri Volyntsev (Cpt. Green)
Yelena Krasnobayeva (Shop keeper snail)
Roman Kachanov, Jr (Ushan on the Street)

Ольга Громова (Алиса)
Всеволод Ларионов (Селезнёв, Говорун)
Василий Ливанов (Громозека)
Григорий Шпигель (Весельчак У)
Рина Зеленая (старушка с тортиком)
Юрий Андреев (штурман Басов)

Пётр Вишняков (доктор Верховцев, Глот)
Владимир Дружников (капитан Ким)

Николай Граббе (капитан Буран)
Владимир Кенигсон (робот-официант, робот с планеты Шелезяка)
Юрий Волынцев (капитан Зелёный)
Елена Краснобаева (улитка-продавщица)
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.

International broadcast[edit]

Country Company Air Date in cinema Title Dubbing
 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
 Sweden TV3 Mysteriet med två kaptener Swedish
 Spain Telecinco
Clan TVE
1998 (Films by Jove version)
2016 (dubbing version)
El misterio del tercer planeta Spanish
 Lithuania TV3 Lithuania Trečiojo planetos paslaptis Lithuanian (voice-over)
 Italy
 San Marino
Rai 3 Alice e Il Mistero della Terzo Pianeta Italian
 Latvia TV3 Latvia Alice: Sāciet piedzīvojumu Latvian (voice-over)
 Bulgaria Мистерията на третата планета Bulgarian (dubbing version with subtitles)
 Poland Polsat 4 July 2001 Tajemnica Trzeciej Planety Polish
 China CCTV-6, CCTV-14 第三顆行星的奧秘 Chinese (Mandarin)
 France France 3, TF1, WE Productions, M6 Vidéo 1982 (first version)
1995 (second version)
Le Mystère de la Troisième Planète French
 Czech Republic
 Slovakia
Barrandov (dubbing production)
Markíza
2016 Tajemství třetí planety
Tajomstvo tretej planéty
Czech
Slovak
 Australia Nine Network 2016 The Mystery of The Third Planet English
 Netherlands NCRV 17 November 2004 Mysterie van de Derde Planeet Subtitled
 Belgium RTBF 2016 Le Mystère de la Troisième Planète 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 TVR2 1 January 2006 Misterul din a treia planetă Romanian
 Germany
 Austria
DEFA, RTL II (Germany)
ORF (Austria)
Das Geheimnis des Dritten Planeten German
 Ukraine K1 2017 Таємниця третьої планети Ukrainian (voice-over)
 India Kushi TV (Telugu)
Disney Channel (Tamil, Hindi)
Kochu TV (Malayalam)
Chintu TV (Kannada)
Sony Yay (English, Hindi)
Star Jalsha (Bengali)
तीसरे ग्रह का रहस्य
The Mystery of the Third Planet
Hindi
Tamil
Telugu
English
Malayalam
Kannada
Bengali
 Indonesia Indosiar 1 January 2008 Gadis dari Bumi Indonesian
 Israel Arutz HaYeladim 8 July 2008 המסתורין של כוכב לכת השלישי Hebrew
Original (only Russian-speaking Jews in Israel)
 North Macedonia
 Croatia
 Serbia
 Slovenia
MKRTV
HRT
Happy TV
POP TV
25 May 2008 Тајната на Сончевиот систем Медуза
Misterija trećeg planeta
Tajna treće planete
Skrivnost tretjega Planeta
Macedonian
Croatian
Serbian
Slovenian
 Turkey Kanal D, Show TV Üçüncü Gezegen Gizem Turkish
 Portugal RTP 2016 Mistério do Terceiro Planeta Portuguese
 Japan Nippon Animation (first version)
Toei Animation (second version)
1985 (video premiere)
2016
第三惑星の秘密 Japanese
Middle East MBC 3, Spacetoon 20 May 2010 (except Oman, Yemen, Saudi Arabia and Syria) سر الكوكب الثالث Arabic
 Brazil SBT O Mistério do Planeta Terceiro Portuguese (Brazilian)
Latin America Televisa (MEX)
Empresa Hispanoamericana de Video, Telefe (Argentina)
Canal 13 (Chile)
Caracol Television (Colombia)
Frecuencia Latina (Peru)
Venevisión (Venezuela)
TV Total (Uruguay)
4 November 1997 (Argentina, Films by Jove)
2016 (Latin America)
El misterio del tercer planeta Spanish

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.

Awards[edit]

  • 1982 — the State award USSR

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").

Shootings[edit]

This was the fourth film using traditional drawn animation directed by Roman Kachanov, who served as the art director and/or animator on over 30 animated movies. Kachanov's best-known works, ("The Mitten", "Gena the Crocodile", "Cheburashka", "Shapoklyak" and others) were shot in stop motion (volume) animation.

The characters were designed by Natalya Orlova. Her daughter, the actress Ekaterina Semyonova, said that Alice was based on her, and her father, (the director Tengiz Semyonov), was the prototype for Captain Zelyonyy.

Music for the movie was written by Aleksandr Zatsepin. According to Zatsepin, original records of music in his record library didn't remain.

The production of this picture took four years.

Hire abroad[edit]

The animated film was twice released in the USA. The first dubbing, ("Mystery of the Third Planet"), came out on video in 1987. Alice's name was changed to Christine, and overall the translation had little in common with the original. Consequently, this legally-sourced version is often mistaken for a bootlegged edition.

The second version, ("Alice and the Mystery of the Third Planet"), was released in the 1990s by the Films by Jove company. In this version, the translation is much closer to the original, though a large amount of dialogue which was not in the original was also added. In this version, the soundtrack was replaced and about 6 minutes were cut out. Kirsten Dunst was the voice of Alice, and James Belushi — the Chatterer.

"Alice and the Mystery of the Third Planet" was released in English, Spanish, French and other languages.

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