1950's Soviet cartoon "The Steadfast Tin Soldier"is this a real ballet variation...?
Posted 17 December 2008 - 08:27 PM
Posted 18 December 2008 - 07:21 AM
Posted 18 December 2008 - 09:39 AM
I agree with Mel--it doesn't look rotoscoped. But it was beautifully done anyway.
By the way, somebody needs to take a lot of these old Soviet-era animation shorts (many of which are classics that compare to the best of what American animators could do in the same period) and put them on DVD's for release in the USA.
Posted 18 December 2008 - 07:59 PM
It's a wonderful cartoon, full of that sad fantastic sentiment that I associate with Russian cartoons, which are almost always about he things that cartoons OUGHT to be about, namely, the discrepancy between what we can imagine and what is possible.
I don't think the ballerina's dance is possible -- staying up that long, landing so lightly, not to mention that position in the air for the big cabriole... It IS a beautiful dance though, and fills out the music to perfection. But there is a step in it that comes from the adagio in Symphony in C -- the penchee where the ballerina touches her head to her knee.
Balanchine immediately comes to mind -- do you know his setting of this story, which is WONDERFUL? It was recorded, with Patricia McBride and Mikhail Baryshnikov, and it has almost exactly the same tone. You might like it.
And secondly, because Balanchine thought that movies ought to abandon realism and go for the real gold, the fantastic.
Posted 18 December 2008 - 09:25 PM
Posted 18 December 2008 - 10:08 PM
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