soviet sister


Самоедский мальчик (Samoyed Boy)

the works of: Brumberg sisters, Olga Khodatayeva, Nikolai Khodataev
animated short film history
Release: 1928
Country: Soviet Union
Director: Valentina Brumberg, Zinaida Brumberg, Olga Khodatayeva, Nikolai Khodataev

A boy in the Arctic named Chu singlehandedly defeats a polar bear. However, the village’s greedy shaman steals the bear when Chu brings it home. For revenge, Chu ruins the shaman’s show, revealing his fakery. The shaman casts Chu out to sea, where he is picked up by a Soviet ship. He then lives and studies in Leningrad, but always thinks about the North.


Samoyed Boy is available on YouTube. 

  • sister-in-law: question; does Peridot and Lapis' shared love of camp pining hearts in the show translate to a shared love of pulp fiction in your AU? or Comics? A terrible romance movie?
  • me: !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • me: ok but Peridot being a massive silver-screen snob

Челове́чка нарисова́л я (It Was I Who Drew the Little Man)

83 in x of animated feature film history
Release: 1960
Country: Soviet Union
Director: Valentina Brumberg, Zinaida Brumberg, Valentin Lalayants

“It Was I Who Drew the Little Man is an expanded remake of Fedya Zaytsev, a 1948 21-minute film by the same directors.

On the first of September, Fedya Zaytsev is the very first student to arrive at school. In his joy at realizing this, he draws a little man with an umbrella on the wall of his classroom with a piece of charcoal, realizing too late that this is against the rules. He lets his best friend take the blame. The little man Fedya drew comes to life and follows him home. He urges Fedya to confess. Instead, he is tempted away to the Kingdom of Lies, becoming the queen’s page. The queen releases soap bubbles into the air, telling her citizens that, if they catch one, their dreams will come true––a complete lie. Fedya disproves this lie, returns home, and confesses to his crime.”


It Was I Who Drew the Little Man is available on YouTube.