Twelve Months (1980 film)

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For the 1956 Soviet animated film, see The Twelve Months (1956 film).
Twelve Months
Directed by Yugo Serikawa
Kimio Yabuki
Tetsuo Imazawa
Produced by Chiaki Imada
Osamu Tezuka
Written by Kimio Yabuki
Ikuko Oyabu
Tomoe Takashi
Based on The story by Samuil Yakovlevich Marshak
Music by Vladimir Ivanovich Krivtsov
Cinematography Ryoichi Toba
Yutaka Chikura
Release dates
March 15, 1980 (Japan)
Running time
65 minutes
Country Japan
Soviet Union
Language Japanese / Russian

Twelve Months (世界名作童話 森は生きている Sekai Meisaku Dōwa Mori wa Ikiteiru?, Russian: Двенадцать месяцев, Dvenadtsat mesyatsev) is a 1980 animated feature film directed by Yugo Serikawa, Kimio Yabuki and Tetsuo Imazawa, produced by Toei Animation from Japan in partnership with Soyuzmultfilm from the Soviet Union. It was based on the fairy tale of the same name written by Samuil Marshak. The music was composed by Vladimir Ivanovich Krivtsov (Владимир Иванович Кривцов) and performed by the National Leningrad Philharmonic under the direction of A. S. Dmitriev. Famous manga artist Osamu Tezuka served as co-producer and character designer on the film.

Plot synopsis[edit]

A young queen requests a bouquet of snowdrop flowers for New Year's Day in exchange for a reward. One greedy woman sends her stepdaughter, whom she does not like, to look for the flowers in a cold forest, knowing the task will be impossible for her. The girl almost freezes to death in the forest, but she is rescued by the spirits of the Twelve Months, who create spring around her. The girl is able to deliver the bouquet to the queen, but others want a share of the reward.[1]

Original cast[edit]

  • Anja - Shinobu Otake/Svetlana Stepchenko (Russian)/Corinne Orr (English).
  • Queen - Ai Kanzaki/Irina Cartashyova (Russian).
  • Stepmother - Tokuko Sugiyama/Anatoliy Barantsev (Russian).
  • Stepmother's daughter - Mariko Mukai/Klara Rumyanova (Russian).
  • Professor - Ichirō Nagai/Igor Taradaykin (Russian).
  • Prime Minister - Masashi Amenomori.
  • Officer - Daisuke Ryu/Earl Hammond (English).
  • January - Kiyoshi Kobayashi/Boris Novicov (Russian).
  • April - Katsuji Mori/Alexander Vigdorov (Russian).
  • Soldier - Masato Yamanouchi.
  • Young soldier - Koji Yakusho.
  • Additional voice - Hidekatsu Shibata.
  • February - Vsevolod Abdulov (Russian).
  • Marth - Sergei Yursky (Russian).
  • May - Yuriy Menshagin (Russian).
  • June - Mikhail Kononov (Russian).
  • July - Alexander Voevodin (Russian).
  • August - Evgeniy Revenko (Russian).
  • September - Yuriy Malyarov (Russian).
  • October - Dmitriy Polonskiy (Russian).
  • November - Igor Yasulovich (Russian).
  • December - Yuriy Sarantsev(Russian).

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Twelve Months > Overview". Allmovie. Retrieved April 15, 2010. 

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