Saturday, October 13, 2007

Russian Bradbury

Ray Bradbury's work seems to be quite well known in Russia (and the rest of the former Soviet Union). Several Russian-language films have been based on his works, often without his permission: Vel'd (1987), Trinadtsatyj Apostol (1988), Vino Iz Oduvanchikov (1997).

Two of the short animated films have recently popped up on YouTube. The most interesting of these is There Will Come Soft Rains (1984). In some ways more bleak than the Bradbury original, this film also seems to make some comment on religion, or Christianity, or western values. You can view the film, with English subtitles, here.

Less interesting, and rather primitive in its animation, is Here There Be Tygers. I know very little about this film, except that it is based on the story of the same name (which has been adapted once for live action, in the Ray Bradbury Theater series; Bradbury also wrote a teleplay of the story for the original Twilight Zone series in the 1960s, but it was never filmed). You can view the animated film, with English subtitles, here. Until this version appeared on YouTube, I had never seen a subtitled version; it's nice to be able to understand what's going on in the film!

4 comments:

Wilson said...

Hey, wow. Thanks for the Youtube link. Funny, I never liked the story, but this? The part where the beds tip forward - that's a nice touch.

(Been lurking here for months now, btw)

Phil said...

Hi Wilson, and thanks for de-lurking and commenting. I also like that part of the film - it's a neat bit of animation.

арт политик said...

Hi!

A many years as I'm admirer of Bradbury's stories. Probably, since my childhood...
I think there were two important causes for it. First, there were very good Russian translations of Ray Bradbury's books. High quality, without a doubt.
Second, it's the very good adaptations of Bradbury's stories by Soviet TV and cinema industry.

I add to your list yet a couple points:

1. The Veld (Вельд) - 1987, USSR, Uzbekistanian studio
http://us.imdb.com/title/tt0201300/

it's the mix of a few Bradbury's stories, including some plots from Marsian series. Truth, this movie was done quite gloomy, but very powerfull.


2. Electronic Grandmother (Электронная бабушка), 1985 - USSR, Lithuanian studio
here are links on screen caps:
http://www.1tvrus.com/i/20071119/fmt_2_elektronnaya_babushka_2.png.jpg
http://www.1tvrus.com/i/20071119/fmt_2_elektronnaya_babushka_5.png.jpg
http://www.1tvrus.com/i/20071119/fmt_2_elektronnaya_babushka_4.png.jpg
http://www.11channel.dp.ua/res/announcements/medium/1816.jpg
http://www.go2media.ru/image/140/834

3. In TV series "This Fantastic World", there were done a few episodes based on Bradbury's stories, including 451 F.
1980s

4. Plus yet a few cartoons I don't remember, becouse TV shows their very seldom, ufortunately.

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Alexander Sedov
my Live Journal site:
http://alek-morse.livejournal.com

арт политик said...

Hi!

A many years as I'm admirer of Bradbury's stories. Probably, since my childhood...
I think there were two important causes for it. First, there were very good Russian translations of Ray Bradbury's books. High quality, without a doubt.
Second, it's the very good adaptations of Bradbury's stories by Soviet TV and cinema industry.

I add to your list yet a couple points:

1. The Veld (Вельд) - 1987, USSR, Uzbekistanian studio
http://us.imdb.com/title/tt0201300/

it's the mix of a few Bradbury's stories, including some plots from Marsian series. Truth, this movie was done quite gloomy, but very powerfull.


2. Electronic Grandmother (Электронная бабушка), 1985 - USSR, Lithuanian studio
here are links on screen caps:
http://www.1tvrus.com/i/20071119/fmt_2_elektronnaya_babushka_2.png.jpg
http://www.1tvrus.com/i/20071119/fmt_2_elektronnaya_babushka_5.png.jpg
http://www.1tvrus.com/i/20071119/fmt_2_elektronnaya_babushka_4.png.jpg
http://www.11channel.dp.ua/res/announcements/medium/1816.jpg
http://www.go2media.ru/image/140/834

3. In TV series "This Fantastic World", there were done a few episodes based on Bradbury's stories, including 451 F.
1980s

4. Plus yet a few cartoons I don't remember, becouse TV shows their very seldom, ufortunately.

--------------
Alexander Sedov
my Live Journal site:
http://alek-morse.livejournal.com