1980s Soviet cartoons based on US science fiction classics


20 Responses to “1980s Soviet cartoons based on US science fiction classics”

  1. LaHaine says:

    That video is great and really creepy.

  2. Fred H says:

    Yeah, some liberties were taken. Does anyone remember the Simpsons episode that had the Itchy and Scratchy animators go on strike? Krusty has to hire out Russian animators, and it reminded me of this.

  3. Anonymous says:

    Whose version of the moon is yellow is that? It’s amazing!

  4. mwhyte72 says:

    Very cool. It’s not ‘Fantastic Planet’ but still neat and creepy at the same time.

  5. eliterrell says:

    I like how robobutler is authorized to use lethal force against anything that doesn’t immediately respond with the password. It’s been quite some time since I read the original but I seem to remember the the house’s systems were characterized as being cheerfully oblivious rather that clinically depressed and somewhat menacing. It’s pretty interesting what they changed.

    • ImprovidentLackWit says:

      Having not read the story, I thought the robot was responding to something “living”.

      Love the Terry Gilliam feel of the flick

  6. Foggen says:

    Crappytoon? The animation may not be smooth but everything is beautifully painted. I take more issue with the tonal liberties the cartoon’s creator took, but those can be forgiven as a combination of artistic license and a very bleak Soviet misunderstanding of what America must be like. Gloomy forbidding concrete structures? I think they’re projecting a little.

  7. Gilbert Wham says:

    I have come to the conclusion that we should show nursery-school classes ‘There Will Come Soft Rains’. The harm is outweighed by the good too much for this to be at all reprehensible.

  8. Anonymous says:

    God. I remember being traumatized as a kid by watching an IPA animation of Edgar Allan Poe’s “Tell-Tale Heart.” As an adult I kept wondering why would they show that to kids.

    Now I’ve seen a worse animated short to show kids…

  9. jeremyhogan says:

    This is one of those posts I already <3 by the title.

  10. JimmerSD says:

    That’s not the story I remember. Interesting license that the creator took with the plot.

  11. Chinese Jet Pilot says:

    “Crappytoon” it’s not, but it is very Soviet.

  12. ab says:

    I really like the style of this stuff. It reminds me of one of my favorite animators Stefan Schabenbeck.


  13. Jerril says:

    Even hearing from the commenters here that they took liberties, I can’t watch this. I can’t even summarize There Will Come Soft Rains without bursting into uncontrollable, slightly hysterical tears, and just typing the name made me choke up.

    I found it an incredibly powerful short story, obviously. Unfortunately, such that I can’t even think *about* it, only *around* a story-shaped hole in my head.

    • Gilbert Wham says:

      In that case, I strongly suggest you don’t watch it. It wouldn’t be pretty.

      DANG, but there’s some good doom-laden samples to be had from that stuff…

  14. jetfx says:

    You’d think that if you were to build a robot to take care of your long since vaporized remains that you’d make it a little less menacing sounding.

  15. jtf says:

    “There will come soft rains” is one of my absolute FAVORITES, and this cartoon is, I think, well done in the spirit of it. Thanks Cory for sharing this.

  16. jetfx says:

    Weird, that contact short uses the theme from David Lean’s Dr Zhivago.

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