The Tale of Tsar Saltan (1984 film)

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The Tale of Tsar Saltan
Directed by Lev Milchin
Ivan Ivanov-Vano
Written by Aleksandr Pushkin (libretto)
Lev Milchin
Ivan Ivanov-Vano
Starring Mariya Vinogradova
Mikhail Zimin
Roman Filippov
Lyudmila Ivanova
Narrated by Avangard Leontyev
Music by Mikhail Meyerovich
Edited by Nataliya Stepantseva
Release date
  • 1984 (1984)
Running time
56 minutes
Country Soviet Union
Language Russian

The Tale of Tsar Saltan (Russian: Ска́зка о царе́ Салта́не; tr.:Skazka o tsare Saltanye) is a 1984 Soviet traditionally animated feature film directed by Lev Milchin and Ivan Ivanov-Vano and produced at the Soyuzmultfilm studio. It is an adaptation of the poem of the same name by Aleksandr Pushkin. There are few words in the film besides those of the poem itself, which is read from beginning to end by the narrator and the voice actors. Some portions of the poem are skipped.

Here is how the director Yuriy Norsteyn spoke of Ivan Ivanov-Vano, mentioning this animated film:" Ivan Ivanov-Vano the first used motives and methods of folk art in animation. Study in Vkhutemas, education in traditions of the Russian vanguard, excellent knowledge of world art culture — all this affected in his creativity. From the point of view of art criticism mechanics, it would be possible to call him the formalist, he wasn't afraid to experiment. "The Humpbacked Horse" which became classics was such director's experiment. In it Ivanov-Vano connected everything: love to the Russian culture, poetry, knowledge of a profession, good possession of all arsenal of animation of that time. It turned Disney's technology into powerful action — the Russian movie. Here I was, of course, and a merit of the artist, Lev Milchin whom he didn't leave all life. "The Tale Tsar Saltan" became their latest work. It was the ideal tandem — irrepressible nature, the person soldier, the fanatic, the tyrant Vano and the intellectual to the core who wasn't affording anything superfluous, but everything Milchin, understanding, sharp to grotesque. For several decades its elements, its native habitat was the Russian fairy tale."


Nearly identical to that of the original poem.

Three maidens under a window spun late in the evening … And then much that was: both love, and slander, both treachery, and miracles, and set of magic adventures, and thirty three athletes, and, of course, happy end …

Adventures of the brave tsarevitch Gvidon, the great tsarevna-Swan and the tsar Saltan will remind that love, fidelity and strength of mind always win!


English Russian
Directors Lev Milchin
Ivan Ivanov-Vano
Лев Мильчин
Иван Иванов-Вано
Scenario Lev Milchin
Ivan Ivanov-Vano
Лев Мильчин
Иван Иванов-Вано
Art directors Lev Milchin
Ivan Ivanov-Vano
Лев Мильчин
Иван Иванов-Вано
Artists Irina Svetlitsa
Igor Oleynikov
Marina Ignatenko
I. Troyanova
V. Maksimovich
T. Gerasimenko
G. Stepanenko
L. Alyokhina
Ирина Светлица
Игорь Олейников
Марина Игнатенко
И. Троянова
В. Максимович
Т. Герасименко
Г. Степаненко
Л. Алёхина
Animators Marina Rogova
Nikolay Fyodorov
Anatoliy Abarenko
Andrei Ignatenko
Vladimir Zarubin
Yuriy Meshcheryakov
Marina Voskanyants
Antonina Alyoshina
Aleksandr Panov
Vladimir Krumin
Sergei Avramov
Viktor Likhachyov
Марина Рогова
Николай Фёдоров
Анатолий Абаренов
Андрей Игнатенко
Владимир Зарубин
Юрий Мещеряков
Марина Восканьянц
Антонина Алёшина
Александр Панов
Владимир Крумин
Сергей Аврамов
Виктор Лихачёв
Camera operator Mikhail Druyan Михаил Друян
Executive producer Liliana Monakhova Лилиана Монахова
Composer Mikhail Meyerovich Михаил Меерович
Sound operator Boris Filchikov Борис Фильчиков
Script editor Raisa Frichinskaya Раиса Фричинская
Voice actors Mariya Vinogradova
Mikhail Zimin
Roman Filippov
N. Boronina
A. Pokrovskaya
Lyudmila Ivanova
Anastasiya Zuyeva
Nikolai Grabbe
Boris Novikov
A. Zolotnitskiy
Мария Виноградова
Михаил Зимин
Роман Филиппов
Н. Боронина
А. Покровская
Людмила Иванова
Анастасия Зуева
Николай Граббе
Борис Новиков
А. Золотницкий
Narrator Avangard Leontyev Авангард Леонтьев
Editor Nataliya Stepantseva Наталия Степанцева


In the early nineties the film was released on videotapes by the film association Krupny Plan. In the mid-nineties it was issued on VHS Studio PRO Video in the collection of animated films fairy tales of Pushkin and "The Twelve Months", and separately Soyuz studio. In the 2000s it was released on DVD by the Krupny Plan and Soyuz studio, and the same in 2003 — in one of releases of "A gold collection of favourite animated films".

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