The class struggle pure: black slaves against their white oppressors – and the audience is expected to show solidarity. The inner logic of the plot anticipates the propagandist appeal at the end: the oppressed should seek international solidarity; indeed, it would be best if they called on the Comintern for help immediately. A well-intentioned mixture of cartoon-film elements and conformist propaganda.
The film is an impressive example of how the highly unconventional Mezhrabpom-Studio sought to make good films, on the one hand, while being forced to comply with the demands of the state, on the other. —Berlin International Film Festival
Leonid Alekseyevich Amalrik (Russian: Леони́д Алексе́евич Амальри́к; 8 July 1905, Moscow – 22 October 1997, Moscow) was a Russian animator and animation director.
He was born on July 8, 1905 in Moscow. He graduated from the State college of cinema (now VGIK) in 1928. From 1926, he worked in Mezhrabpom-Rus studio (first as a scene painter assistant, and then as an animator). In 1936 he moved to the newly created Soyuzmultfilm studio. Initially he worked in a genre of politic satire, and then became keen on modern fairy tales (together with Vladimir Polovnikov). The first cartoon that he directed himself was Arrow Flies into a Fairy Tale (Russian: Стрела улетает в сказку, Strela uletayet v skazku). His last was Terem-Teremok (Russian: Терем-теремок, 1971).
His wife Nadezhda Mikhailovna Privalova, an artist, worked with him on many of his cartoons. —Wikipedia
Ivan Pyetrovich Ivanov-Vano (Russian: Ива́н Петро́вич Ивано́в-Вано́) (February 8, 1900, Moscow – March 25, 1987, Moscow) was a Soviet animator and Russian animation director, sometimes called the “Patriarch of Soviet animation”.
He graduated from Vkhutemas in 1923 and began working at the State Film Technicum in 1929. Since 1939 he was teaching at VGIK (he was granted the title of professor in 1952) where he taught Bulgarian animator Todor Dinov among others, through 1987. He was a member of the Communist Party since 1951, and was also a founder and the original Vice President of ASIFA from 1961 to 1973.
Ivanov-Vano was a laureate of numerous festivals. —Wikipedia