Winnie-the-Pooh and a Busy Day
|Winnie-the-Pooh and a Busy Day|
Image from the film
|Directed by||Fyodor Khitruk, Gennady Sokolsky|
|Music by||Mieczysław Weinberg|
Winnie-the-Pooh and a Busy Day (Russian: Винни-Пух и день забот listen (help·info), or Winnie the Pooh and a Day of Troubles in the English dub title) is a 1972 animated film by Soyuzmultfilm directed by Fyodor Khitruk and Gennady Sokolsky. The film is based on the book series by A. A. Milne. It is the third and final part of a trilogy, following the Winnie-the-Pooh (1969 film) and Winnie-the-Pooh Pays a Visit (1971). The third part is twice longer than either the first or second one.
The third part follows the first two: it is co-written by Khitruk and Boris Zakhoder, and its prototype drawings are two dimensional and are created by Khitruk and Vladimir Zuikov. Two new characters, Eeyore and Owl, are added to the core cast of the first two parts: Winnie-the-Pooh, the narrator, and the Piglet, in place of the Rabbit, who only appears in the second part.
- Vladimir Osenev as the narrator.
- Yevgeny Leonov as Winnie-the-Pooh.
- Iya Savvina as Piglet.
- Erast Garin as Eeyore. Garin was the only actor invited at early stages of writing the trilogy – all others were recruited at the recording stage.
- Zinaida Naryshkina as Owl. Although Naryshkina was an experienced actress, Khitruk knew nothing about her before the auditions; he immediately liked her acting and started recording her right at the auditions.
Legacy and awards
In 1976 Khitruk was awarded the USSR State Prize for the Winnie-the-Pooh trilogy. The animation characters, as designed by Khitruk's team, are featured on the 1988 Soviet and 2012 Russian postal stamps; they are permanently painted on a public streetcar running through the Sokolniki Park, and their sculptures are installed in Ramenki District in Moscow.
When Khitruk visited the Disney Studios, Wolfgang Reitherman, the author of Winnie the Pooh and the Blustery Day that won the 1968 Academy Award for Best Animated Short Film, told him that he liked the Soviet version better than his own.
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