A bit of Soviet animation in the blog: this is Snegurochka from The Snow Maiden, 1952 (directed by I. Ivanov-Vano)
The Snow Maiden is based on the traditional Russian tale about a girl made of snow, who tried to live among normal people. The tale ends unhappily: Snegurochka melts from warmth of a fire (or love, in different versions).
Russia has a very rich folk tale tradition. Stories range from heroes saving maidens from the clutches of Kochei the Deathless to foxes tricking wolves into doing all the work for them. Seeking to find the essence of a nation’s spirit, Russian folklore started to be collected by scholars and systematically studied in the 19th century. Russian folk fairy tales were cataloged then by Alexander Afanasyev. In Russian, the designation for stories concerning the marvelous is skazka, meaning simply “story.” Russian fairy tales are separated into numerous categories—volshebniyi skazki, or “magical tales,”skazki o zhivotnykh, or “tales about animals,” and bytovye skazki, or “tales of everyday life,” to name only a few of the myriad varieties. x
Tonight’s experiment: because after driving all day, I can think of no better way to relax than by watching a large Russian man chase some kind of mushroom spirit through a forest before being turned into a bear. :)