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 (USSR)
Jambre Pictures (U.S. 1981-1985), Touchstone Pictures (U.S. re-release, 1985)
|50 minutes (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.
Captain Zelyonyy (Green), Professor Seleznyov and his daughter Alice 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 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 the Jellyfish system Alice finds "mirrors" — the flowers which are memorable and displaying everything that occurred before them. 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 by pirates, Alice manages to run away.
On the planet the captain Buran, and with him — the real Verkhovtsev lands. Alice 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 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)
Yuri 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|
|1998 (Films by Jove version)
2016 (dubbing version)
|El misterio del tercer planeta||Spanish|
|Lithuania||TV3 Lithuania||14 March 2000||Trečiojo planetos paslaptis||Lithuanian (voice-over)|
|Italia 1, Rai Due (Italy)
SMRTV (San Marino)
|2016||Alisa: Il Mistero della Terzo Pianeta||Italian|
|Latvia||TV3 Latvia||Alice: Sāciet piedzīvojumu (voice-over)||Latvian|
|Bulgaria||BNT||2016||Мистерията на третата планета||Bulgarian (dubbing version with subtitles)|
|Poland||Polsat||4 July 2001||Tajemnica Trzeciej Planety||Polish|
|China||CCTV-6, CCTV-14||12 April 2003||第三顆行星的奧秘||Chinese (Mandarin)|
|France||France 3, TF1||2016||Le Mystère de la Troisième Planète||French|
| Czech Republic
|Barrandov (dubbing production)
|2016||Tajemství třetí planety
Tajomstvo tretej planéty
|Australia||Nine Network||2016||Girl from Earth (Australian version)||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|
|RTL II (Germany)
|1 March 2006 (Germany)
24 December 2006 (Austria)
|Die Unterhaltung von Alice: Galaxie Medusa||German|
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 trećeg planeta
Tajna treće planete
Skrivnost tretjega Planeta
|Turkey||Kanal D, Show TV||1 August 2008||Üçüncü Gezegen Gizem||Turkish|
|Portugal||RTP||2016||Mistério da Medusa galáxia||Portuguese|
Toei Animation (dubbing)
|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||2016||O Mistério do Planeta Terceiro||Portuguese (Brazilian)|
|Latin America||Televisa (MEX)
Canal 13 (Chile)
Caracol Television (Colombia)
Frecuencia Latina (Peru)
TV Total (Uruguay)
|2016||El misterio del tercer planeta||Spanish|
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 overall translation had little in common with the original. Consequently this legally-sourced version is often mistaken for a bootlegged edition.
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. Kirsten Dunst was the voice of Alice, and James Belushi — the Chatterer.
"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.
- 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 on IMDb
- VObzor review of the Krupnyy Plan DVD (with screenshots)
- The Mystery of the Third Planet at myltik.ru (in Russian)