Based on a children’s story by Sergei Kozlov, “a small hedgehog, with a curious nature and a philosophical bent, goes to visit his friend the bear, but on the way, lost in the fog, he meets a horse, a dog, an owl, and a fish."
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I sought this one out after running the numbers and finding out that it's one of the highest rated films here on MUBI. Not sure I quite agree with that status, but it's a lovely, bewitching 11 minutes that is understandably a landmark of arthouse animation, showing the world as a confusing, scary, and possibly benevolent place. Just the way it looks when you're a kid.
This mesmerizing short film was really ahead of its time. Yuriy Norshteyn's intricate craftsmanship adds a remarkable amount of depth to the minimalist animation and the hazy images carry an effervescent sense of harmony.
The illustration of fog for a 70s animator is exceptional, the adaptation of a children's tale is sublime and the ambiguity of its narrative features intrigue. However, it is arguably overrated. I would not rate 'Hedgehog In The Fog' as one of the greatest films of all time even though there is much of merit. As a source of inspiration, there is much to pinpoint, if not an unequivocal masterpiece.
I could see this getting played at Christmas. It seems to have similar animation and a dreamlike quality to The Snowman. It's basically about a hedgehog who visits his mate and gets sidetracked, that's it! 10 minutes well spent though it will stay with you longer than you think.
9 - 40 years old and still pretty as a picture, "Hedgehog in the Fog" fully earns, and in many ways defines, the often overused plaudit of "timeless animation". There is an artisanal magic here (in image and sound) that complements the film's storybook atmosphere tremendously, resulting in a rich fable that amounts to far more than the sum of its parts. Only nitpick I have is that it's over before you know it..