Chapter 11 - Hedgehog in the Mist
It’s always a pleasure (though it can be embarrassing, too) to watch as an adult a film or cartoon you used to like as a child. It can also be rewarding to return to cartoons created ostensibly for children, but more suitable for adult sensibilities, which you did not particularly like or appreciate as a child.
For me, the animated film Hedgehog in the Mist, made in 1975 by Yuri Norstein, is one such. Watching it again now, it is interesting to see how different it is from computer-generated animation. It is also curious to stop and look closely at a work whose imagery is part of my memory, even though I was never a real fan.
Often, just before it gets dark, little Hedgehog sets off to visit his friend Bear Cub. Bear Cub lights the samovar, Hedgehog brings a jar of jam, and together they sit on the porch of Bear Cub’s house, drink tea, eat jam and count stars. The stars on the left of the chimney are Hedgehog’s, and the ones on the right belong to Bear Cub.
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“Вот. И даже лапы не видно…” – “Here. I can’t even see my own paw…”
Медвежонок говорил, говорил, а Ёжик думал: “Всё-таки хорошо, что мы снова вместе”. И ещё Ёжик думал о Лошади: “Как она там, в тумане?” – “Bear Cub was talking, and talking, and Hedgehog was thinking: ‘It is really good that we are together again.’ And Hedgehog was also thinking about Horse: ‘How is she out there, in the mist?’”