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Skazka o myortvoy tsarevne i o semi bogatyryakh (1951)

A cruel queen jealous of her stepdaughter's beauty sends her deep into the woods on the night before wedding. The princess comes across a hut where seven good knights live, while the prince goes on a quest to find his bride.


Ivan Ivanov-Vano (screenplay), Yuriy Olesha (screenplay) (as Yu. Olesha) | 1 more credit »


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Credited cast:
Mariya Babanova ... Tsarina / The Mirror (voice)
Zinaida Bokareva Zinaida Bokareva ... Chernavka (voice)
Nikolay Litvinov Nikolay Litvinov ... The 5-th Bogatyr / The 7-th Bogatyr (voice)
Mikhail Nazvanov ... Episode (voice)
Galina Novozhilova Galina Novozhilova ... Tsarevna (voice)
Vera Popova Vera Popova ... Narrator (voice)
Valentina Sperantova ... The Month (voice)


During the absence of the tsar, his wife gave a birth to a daughter. The tsarina dies when the tsar returns home. He grieves, but a year passes, and a new tsarina appears in the palace. She is very beautiful, but cruel, wayward and envious. The tsarina has a magic mirror that talks to her. From year to year the mirror answers that there is no one more beautiful than the tsarina in the whole world. But years go by, and the tsarina is no longer young. But her stepdaughter, on the contrary, is growing up and becoming more and more beautiful. One day a mirror declares to the tsarina that she is beautiful, but there is one that is much more beautiful. Written by Peter-Patrick76 (peter-patrick@mail.com)

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1951 (Soviet Union) See more »

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The Tale of the Dead Princes See more »

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Soyuzmultfilm See more »
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The Story of a Dead Princess and a Brave Family
13 August 2019 | by TheLittleSongbirdSee all my reviews

Watching Soyuzmultfilm's output has given me great pleasure for nearly a decade now and it is a shame that a lot of their output is worthy of more credit than it gets. It is very rare to find a studio where what has been seen of theirs, which is a vast majority in my case, has never been less than decent. With their best work being as good as Russian animation gets. That's refreshing when one sees at least one misfire with most studios and some studios that don't have a single good effort and their best being average at least.

'The Story of the Dead Princess and a Brave Family' is one of Soyuzmultfilm's best in my view, one of the standouts definitely of my "re-visiting of their output" begun recently, very high praise for the amount of very good to classic works that the studio has. Their distinctive style is all over it and the story is an interesting one. Rading of a Soviet version of 'Snow White' (or at least influenced by that story) but is based on one of Russian's most influential and finest writers Alexander Pushkin's fairy tale poem 'The Tale of the Dead Princess and the Seven Knights'.

Absolutely loved the animation, which did make me pine for the return of traditional animation. As great as the rich colours and distinctive character designs are it's those pretty incredible-looking backgrounds and landscapes that are especially good here and that is the case of a lot of their work this decade.

Music, an important thing for me to talk about when reviewing, is lush and atmospheric, stirring sometimes as well. The writing is sensitive and doesn't try to either over-complicate or dumb down, while the story fills the short length well without over-stretching or cramming too much in.

Characters are similarly well realised, with an easy to identify with protagonist showing lovely chemistry with the well differentiated, in personality, seven knights. The tsarina is suitably wicked.

Summarising, wonderfully done. 10/10

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