I recently received a comment on my post about Yuri Vasnetsov by David from Australia,
suggesting that I look up Yuri Norstein's films. I had already featured Hedgehog in the fog,
a lyrical masterpiece and one of my all time favorite animations, but thanks to David
I discovered the charming The Fox and the Hare, Norstein's 1973 debut as a film director.
Illustrations from Yuri Vasnetsov's Ladushki,
Progress Publishers, 1971, thanks to flamenconut on flickr
Three illustrations from Yuri Vasnetsov's Dancing Perch: Folk Songs and Ditties,
compiled by N. Kolpakova, Progress Publishers, 1974, thanks to SamsMyth on flickr
This animated short is based on a Russian folk tale and, as David noticed, it shares
a very similar feel with Vasnetsov's folk art inspired illustrations. Besided being lovingly
drawn and animated, I particularly enjoy the inclusion of classic folk motifs like borders
and flowers, and although I don't understand Russian, the voiceover sounds wonderful!