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The Wild Swans (1962)

Dikie lebedi (original title)
When a witch transforms her brothers into swans, a young princess must find a way to change them back.


Vera Tsekhanovskaya, Mikhail Tsekhanovskiy (as Mikhail Tsekhanovsky)


Hans Christian Andersen (story), Evgeniy Ryss (as Yevgeni Ryss) | 1 more credit »


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Cast overview:
Valentina Tumanova Valentina Tumanova ... Eliza (voice)
Elena Ponsova ... The Queen / Good Old Woman / The Crow (voice)
Viktor Sergachyov ... The Young King (voice)
Erast Garin ... The Bishop (voice)
Sergey Martinson ... The Monk (voice)
Anatoliy Shchukin Anatoliy Shchukin ... The King Father (voice)
Robert Chumak ... (voice)
Konstantin Ustyugov Konstantin Ustyugov ... (voice)
Askold Besedin Askold Besedin ... Narrator (voice)
Klara Rumyanova ... Eliza in Childhood (voice)


The lives of Princess Elisa and her eleven brothers are changed forever when their father weds a beautiful but wicked woman. Possessing the power of witchcraft, she curses the children, turning the boys into swans and altering Elisa's appearance so her own father will not recognize her. Undeterred, Elisa never gives up hope that she will be reunited with her brothers once more and seeks a way to restore them to their original forms. Written by cupcakes

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Soviet Union



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1962 (Soviet Union) See more »

Also Known As:

De vilde svaner See more »

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Soyuzmultfilm See more »
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In 2003, it was released on DVD-ROMs in the 4th issue of the collection "Golden Collection of Favorite Cartoons". See more »


Referenced in Troldspejlet: Episode #42.5 (2009) See more »

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Beautiful adaptation of an equally beautiful story
16 October 2013 | by TheLittleSongbirdSee all my reviews

The Wild Swans always has struck me as one of Hans Christian Andersen's most loveliest stories, it has a charm to it and is very touching too. This 1962 adaptation of The Wild Swan is just beautiful, then again you'd expect that in some way from possibly Russia's greatest animation studio Soyuzmultfilm. The animation is very similar in style to that of The Scarlet Flower(1952), it is beautifully crafted and lushly coloured. Not as magical in look as The Scarlet Flower, but it is more melancholic, seeing as the story of The Wild Swans has that quality sometimes that was appropriate. The music is distinctively Russian while giving off that fairy-tale/emotionally charged fantasy vibe. It is well-placed too, not used too sparingly or too much, when a scene needs intimacy it gives leeway for that to come out. The story is poignant and charming and told with respect to the source material and capturing the spirit of the atmosphere Andersen's story has. It takes its time to develop without feeling dull, allowing the drama to breathe and resonate and being effective in its simplicity. The writing flows well and doesn't do anything unnecessary to jar with the storytelling, its ability to be true to the story and putting its own Soviet flavour into it is also remarkable. The characters convince, the protagonist is engaging and affecting, you genuinely care for her and the quest that she embarks on. The voice acting restrains the theatricality that you can find with some Russian animation and with Russian films in general and show a quieter and more noble quality that fits with the tone of the story. In conclusion, beautifully done on all counts. 10/10 Bethany Cox

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