Three coming Russian animated features with anthro animals
The Hollywood Reporter announced on May 13 that Wizart Animation in Moscow (business office) and Voronezh (animation studio) is producing The Snow Queen 3 for release in late 2016. Presumably this is in Russia, and it’ll come to the U.S. in 2017. Also presumably the cast will include Orm the troll and Gerda’s pet ermine Luta, since they were so popular in The Snow Queen and The Snow Queen 2: The Snow King.
The same Hollywood Reporter article announces that Wizart is pre-selling its own Sheep and Wolves featuring anthro wolves and sheep – it’s titled Volkii I Ovtsi (wolves and sheep), in Russian. Here’s the the English language for Sheep and Wolves.
The article continues, "Wizart will also be […] offering pre-sales for Urfin and His Wooden Soldiers (by Melnitsa Animation)."
For those who haven’t yet read Urfin and His Wooden Soldiers (an English translation was published in 1969 as The Wooden Soldiers of Oz by s-f author Keith Laumer’s brother March Laumer’s Opium Press in Hong Kong; that’s what I read), it’s a Soviet-era (1963) original Oz sequel by Alexander Volkov, who translated L. Frank Baum's The Wonderful Wizard of Oz into Russian in 1939. The villainous Munchkin Urfin Jus carves an army of wooden soldiers, brings them to life with a magic powder, and conquers Oz. Dorothy, Toto, Kaggi-Karr the crow, the Scarecrow, the Cowardly Lion and the other heroes raise an Oz Peoples' Liberation Army to fight back. Assuming the animated movie is faithful to the novel (but I'll bet that the heroes' army won't have the Soviet-era name of the Oz Peoples' Liberation Army), it will have lots of good and evil talking animals in it.