The Mystery of the Third Planet
|The Mystery of the Third Planet
Тайна третьей планеты
DVD cover (Krupnyy Plan)
|Directed by||Roman Kachanov|
|Written by||Kir Bulychov (story & screenplay)|
|Music by||Aleksandr Zatsepin|
|Edited by||Nadezhda Treshcheva
|Distributed by|| Soyuzmultfilm
Jambre Pictures (1981-1985), Touchstone Pictures (re-release, 1985)
|50 min 6 sec (original version)|
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.
The movie is considered a cult classic in Russia, it was included in various top list of animated films and science fiction films. 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.
As part of an expedition from Earth on the ship "Pegas", Captain Zelyonyy, Professor Seleznyov and his daughter Alice Selezneva search for new animal species for Moscow Zoo. On the advice of the archeologist Gromozeka they look for with the help of doctor Verkhovtsev, the director of the museum of Two Captains, but the doctor behaves suspiciously: doesn't show them diaries of captains and starts spying on the expedition. On the planet Blukthey make some valuable purchases, among them a Chatterer — the bird belonging to the missing captain Kim. A suspicious fat man, Merry Fellow U, tries to steal a bird. Having listened to the speech of the Chatterer, the crew of "Pegas" heads for system of the Jellyfish. On the road heroes rescue robots of the planet of Shelezyak from diamond dust, admixed in greasing.
On the third planet of system the Jellyfish Alice finds "mirrors" — the flowers which are memorable and displaying everything that before them occurred. By means of mirrors heroes find out that on the planet there are Verkhovtsev and the Merry Fellow. In attempt to fly in a safe place of "Pegas" fails in a trap. Seleznyov and Green are taken prisoner to pirates, Alice manages to run.
On the planet the captain Buran, and with him — the real Verkhovtsev lands. Alice asks them about the help. Meanwhile the Merry Fellow, threatening with murder of captives, demands from the captain Kim locked in the ship, a formula of absolute fuel. Buran's invasion rescues heroes. The double Verkhovtsev, Glot, is exposed. The Merry Fellow in attempt to flight falls into clutches a bird of prey Krok. Captains and researchers quietly come back on houses.
|Director||Roman Kachanov||Роман Качанов|
|Writer||Kir Bulychov (story & screenplay)||Кир Булычёв|
|Art Director||Natalya Orlova[Note 1]||Наталья Орлова[Note 1]|
|Music||Aleksandr Zatsepin||Александр Зацепин|
|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)
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)
Роман Качанов-мл.(Ушан на улице)
- 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
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|Country||Company||Air Date in cinema||Title||Dubbing|
|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|
|3 July 1987 (cinema)
5 March 2007 (Festival)
|Kolmanda planeedi saladus||Estonian|
|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|
|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|
|Italia 1, Rai Due (Italy)
SMRTV (San Marino)
|15 April 2000||Il Mistero della Terzo Pianeta||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
|Latvia||TV3 Latvia||14 October 2000||Alice: Sāciet piedzīvojumu||Latvian|
|Bulgaria||BNT||27 April 2001 (with movie Driven)||Мистерията на третата планета||Bulgarian (dubbing version with subtitles)|
|Poland||Polsat||4 July 2001||Tajemnica Trzeciej Planety||Polish (voice-over)|
|China||CCTV-6, CCTV-14||12 April 2003||第三顆行星的奧秘||Chinese (Mandarin)|
|France||France 3, TF1||10 March 2003||Le Mystère de la Troisième Planète||French|
| Czech Republic
|Barrandov (dubbing production)
|14 May 2015||Tajemství třetí planety
Tajomstvo tretej planéty
|Australia||Nine Network||18 July 2004||Girl from Earth (Australian version)||English|
|Netherlands||NCRV||17 November 2004||Mysterie van de Derde Planeet||Subtitled|
|Belgium||RTBF||20 February 2005||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|
|RTL II (Germany)
|1 March 2006 (Germany)
24 December 2006 (Austria)
|Die Unterhaltung von Alice: Galaxie Medusa||German|
|United Kingdom||BBC One||23 July 2000 (cinema)
4 March 2001 (TV)
|Alice's Travel (British version)||English (UK)|
4 April 2015
ఆలిస్ యొక్క ప్రయాణం
Girl from Earth
|Indonesia||Indosiar||1 January 2008||Gadis dari Bumi||Indonesian|
|Israel||Arutz HaYeladim||8 July 2008||המסתורין של כוכב לכת השלישי||Hebrew
Russian (only Russian-speaking Jews in Israil)
|25 May 2008||Тајната на Сончевиот систем Медуза
Misterija treći planeta
Тајна трећег планете (Tajna trejeg planete)
Skrivnost tretjega Planetu
|Turkey||Kanal D, Show TV||1 August 2008||Üçüncü Gezegen Gizem||Turkish|
|Albania||RTSH||1 August 2008||Misteri i planetit Tretë||Albanian|
|Portugal||RTP||1 November 2008||Mistério da Medusa galáxia||Portuguese|
|Norway||TV 2||24 December 2008||Alice: eventyret begynne||Norwedish|
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|
|Greece||Star Channel||25 May 2009||Το μυστήριο του τρίτου πλανήτη||Greek|
|Middle East||MBC 3, Spacetoon||20 May 2010 (except Oman, Yemen, Saudi Arabia and Syria)||سر الكوكب الثالث||Arabic|
|Brazil||SBT||21 July 2010||O Mistério do Planeta Terceiro||Potuguese (Brazilian)|
|Hong Kong||TVB||25 July 2010||银河公主神秘的美杜莎||Chinese (Cantonese)|
|Denmark||DR1||1 November 2010||Mysteriet om den tredje planet||Danish|
|8 November 2010||Ang Misteryo ng Ikatlong Planeta||Tagalog|
|Belarus||Belarus-1||17 December 2010||Тайна двух капитанов||Russian|
|26 November 2011 (French)
13 December 2011 (English)
|Le Mystère de la Deuxième Captains
The Mystery of the Two Captains
|Latin America||Televisa (MEX)
Canal 13 (Chile)
Caracol Television (Colombia)
Frecuencia Latina (Peru)
TV Total (Uruguay)
|23 November 2012||El misterio del tercer planeta||Spanish|
|Ireland||RTE||18 November 2014||Alice agus na eachtraí sa spás.||Irish|
Home video and English adaptations
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 . The film has been released on DVD several times (the latest release, which featured rather misleading cover art, was in October 2005 ). The original Russian version with English subtitles is here: 
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.
The original film has been released on several DVD editions in Russia, including a newly restored one by Krupnyy Plan.
- 1982 — the State award USSR
- 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").
For Roman Kachanov as for the director, "The Mystery of the third planet" became the fourth animated film executed in technology of the traditional drawn animation. As the art director and the animator he worked more than at 30 drawn movies. However the animated films shot in stop motion (volume) animation ("The Mitten", "Gena the Crocodile", "Cheburashka", "Shapoklyak" and others) were the most known director's works of Kachanov before.
The design of characters was made by Natalya Orlova. Her daughter, the actress Ekaterina Semyonova, told that Alice in the animated film was drawn by her mother from her, and as a prototype the captain Zelyonyy was served by her father, the director Tengiz Semyonov.
Music for the movie was written by Aleksandr Zatsepin. According to Zatsepin, original records of music in his record library didn't remain.
Production of a picture proceeded 4 years.
The animated film was twice duplicated in the USA. The first dubbing-in ("Mystery of the Third Planet") was let out on video in 1987. Alice name was changed to Christine and the translation had a little general with the original because of what this version sometimes even mistakenly is taken for the piracy.
The second dubbing-in ("Alice and the Mystery of the Third Planet") was released in the 1990th years by the Films by Jove company. In this version the translation is much closer to the original though the large number of the remarks which are absent in the original is also added. Besides, in this version the soundtrack and a video series is completely replaced underwent reductions — about 6 minutes are cut out from the animated film in total. Sounded Alice the Kirsten Dunst, and the Chatterer — James Belushi.
"Alice and the Mystery of the Third Planet" was let out not only in English, but also in other languages, in particular in Spanish and French.
In English, except the USA, the movie was also shown in Great Britain in which duplicated Alice the Jade Ewen, of Seleznyov the Robbie Williams, other roles sounded — Gary Barlow, Tom Jones, Hugh Laurie, Beyonce, Hugh Grant, Gerard Butler, Ewan McGregor, Joe Cocker.
The premiere took place and in Italy, San Marino and Switzerland (the italian version). Alice the young singer Nina Zilli, Seleznyov the Eros Ramazzotti sounded, Gromozeka of Adriano Celentano, and female roles were sounded by the beginning singer Valentina Monetta, the role of the story-teller was played by Gianni Morandi, without having sounded, but was removed as the real character.
The premiere in the countries of the former Yugoslavia started on May 25, 2008, day to the Eurovision final. In the Montenegro version the name of Kym is replaced by Rambo, in honor of the musician Rambo Amadeus. In the Serbian version Gromozeka the Marija Serifovic sounds.
After a premiere in Japan Japanese mass media report that Alice is similar to the Space Pirate Captain Harlock.
- Guest from the Future
- History of Russian animation
- List of animated feature films
- Alice's Birthday, a 2009 spiritual successor animated film based on another one of the Alice stories
- The Mystery of the Third Planet at the Animator.ru
- Mir Fantastiki №123, November 2013
- Названы лучшие советские и российские мультфильмы за 100 лет. СПИСОК "Золотой сотни" (The best Soviet/Russian animated films are named. The "Golden Hundred" list)
- IMDb. Highest Rated Animation Feature Films. 1-50.
As of 2014, Mystery of the Third Planet is #47
- Mir Fantastiki №57, May 2008. Top 100 most important sci-fi/fantasy movies
- Tayna tretey planety at the Internet Movie Database
- VObzor review of the Krupnyy Plan DVD (with screenshots)
- The Mystery of the Third Planet at myltik.ru (Russian)
- Official website of Alice's Space Adventure (platform game)
- Official website of Alice's Journey (adventure game) (click on first link for English version of official website)