“My name is Ernest Miller Hemingway. I was born on July 21, 1899. My favorite authors are Kipling, O. Henry and Steuart Edward White. My favorite flower is lady slipper and tiger lily. My favorite sports are trout fishing, hiking, shooting, football and boxing. My favorite studies are English, zoology and chemistry. I intend to travel and write.” 

Ernest Hemingway, Age 9.

At two o’clock in the morning, if you open your window and listen,
You will hear the feet of the Wind that is going to call the sun.
And the trees in the Shadow rustle and the trees in the moonlight glisten,
And though it is deep, dark night, you feel that the night is done.
—  Rudyard Kipling
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In 1967 a series of theatrical shorts were produced in the Soviet Union adapting Rudyard Kipling’s “The Jungle Book”. Eventually the shorts were combined into a full length film called “Mowgli”.

Soviet animation is totally unique, having developed entirely separate from Western “Disney” inspired animation. Having developed from stop motion originally, Soviet animation is much more accommodating to experimental styles and media blending. I feel this is the greatest adaptation of the story ever put to film, as well as being a truly unique visual spectacle.

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