Brilliant animation, mixing different styles and hand crafted techniques, though the symbolism can be vague at times, it plays sort of like Zerkalo, but with a fox that sings lullabies. Voted the best animated film, I had high hopes, so I was let down slightly when I didn't find it to be totally amazing. Still, quite nice & a little moving in parts (like the tango scene that contrasts with soldiers leaving for war).
10 - It's still hard for me to believe that Norshteyn managed to clear the insanely high bar that he set for himself with the superb "Hedgehog in the Fog", but that's exactly what the crazy bastard did. Every approbation lavished on that masterpiece is still as valid here, perhaps even more so, with the addition of a nonlinear narrative of astounding beauty and respect for the intellects and imaginations of children.
Even if I'd rather call Totoro the greatest animated film, this and all of Norshteyn's work is imbued with a sense poetry that is completely enrapturing, Whereas Miyazaki seems better at capturing movement, Norshteyn's is the master of texture as all of his characters exude warmth and life better than any other. In addition, all his work should be mandatory if only to behold how he works with fire, water and light.
A little jewel whose warmth and delicacy are overwhelming. Nostalgia - this little grey wolf from mother's lullaby - follows and guards us thru darkness, klaxons and snows... The pic has that gentle chromatic of old russian slide projectors from my childhood, dressing up an innocent, un-bunuelian surrealism.