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Three coming Russian animated features with anthro animals

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Sheep and WolvesThe 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.

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The full title of "The Snow Queen 3" is "The Snow Queen 3: Fire & Ice".

Fred Patten

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Wow! It seems that there has already been one Russian animated movie and a video game of Volkov's 1963 “Urfin Jus and His Wooden Soldiers”, and there is a trailer of Melnitsa’s coming movie.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SD2YTaYZ9G0

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9R-ifdDBY3s

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tj1dIqluif4

Fred Patten

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Here is a new trailer for "Sheep & Wolves".

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SRa0N7n6jI0

Fred Patten

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Here is another new trailer for "Sheep & Wolves".

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8ShJo2Ndq3Q

Fred Patten

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Aesthetic looks good but the English dub sounds awful. Maybe it's just badly mixed with the trailer music but the voice actors seem to be affecting comedy voices that make it sound more patronising to kids than it should do.

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a retired former librarian from North Hollywood, California, interested in general anthropomorphics