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 by Roman Kachanov
Written by Kir Bulychov (story & screenplay)
Starring Olga Gromova
Yuri Andreyev
Vladimir Druzhnikov
Vladimir Kenigson
Vasily Livanov
Rina Zelyonaya
Music by Aleksandr Zatsepin
Edited by Nadezhda Treshcheva
Olga Vasilenko
Distributed by Soviet Union Soyuzmultfilm
United States Jambre Pictures (1981-1985), Touchstone Pictures (re-release, 1985)
Release dates
1981 (USSR)
Running time
50 min 6 sec (original version)
Country Soviet Union
Language Russian

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.[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 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.

Plot[edit]

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.

Creators[edit]

English Russian
Director Roman Kachanov Роман Качанов
Writer Kir Bulychov (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)
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)
Yelena Krasnobayeva
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)
Елена Краснобаева
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.

Other company in the world[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 (Sweden) 1 April 1998 Mysteriet med två kaptener Swedish
 Argentina Empresa Hispanoamericana de Video 4 November 1997 El misterio del tercer planeta Spanish
 Spain Telecinco
Clan TVE
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
 Italy
 San Marino
Italia 1, Rai Due (Italy)
SMRTV (San Marino)
15 April 2000 Il Mistero della Terzo Pianeta Italian
  Switzerland RSI (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
Italian
French
German
 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
 Slovakia
Barrandov (dubbing production)
Markíza
14 May 2015 Tajemství třetí planety
Tajomstvo tretej planéty
Czech
Slovak
 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
 Germany
 Austria
RTL II (Germany)
ORF (Austria)
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)
 India Imagine TV
Kushi TV
Animax (India)
Summer 2007
4 April 2015
ऐलिस यात्रा
ఆలిస్ యొక్క ప్రయాణం
Girl from Earth
Hindi
Telugu
English
 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)
 Macedonia
 Croatia
 Serbia
 Slovenia
MKRTV
HRT
Happy TV
POP TV
25 May 2008 Тајната на Сончевиот систем Медуза
Misterija treći planeta
Тајна трећег планете (Tajna trejeg planete)
Skrivnost tretjega Planetu
Macedonian
Croatian
Serbian
Slovenian
 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
 Japan Nippon Animation
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
 Philippines ABS-CBN
GMA Network
8 November 2010 Ang Misteryo ng Ikatlong Planeta Tagalog
 Belarus Belarus-1 17 December 2010 Тайна двух капитанов Russian
 Canada Télétoon (French)
YTV (English)
26 November 2011 (French)
13 December 2011 (English)
Le Mystère de la Deuxième Captains
The Mystery of the Two Captains
French
English
Latin America Televisa (MEX)
Telefe (Argentina)
Canal 13 (Chile)
Caracol Television (Colombia)
Frecuencia Latina (Peru)
Venevisión (Venesuela)
TV Total (Uruguay)
23 November 2012 El misterio del tercer planeta Spanish
 Ireland RTE 18 November 2014 Alice agus na eachtraí sa spás. Irish

FANTEDIA;; Raidio telifis elreann 28 August 2015

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]

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.

Hire abroad[edit]

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.

In the French version of the movie Alice was sounded by the singer Jenifer, Green the Johnny Holliday, and Seleznyov the Jean Reno sounded.

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.

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