The Hedgehog and the Fog 1975

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Yuriy Norshteyn’s beautiful short has a similar importance in Russian animation to Wallace and Gromit in Britain; the faces of the little hedgehog and the owl who follows him through the fog turn up spray-painted on the sides of cars in Moscow. The story is simple; the hedgehog decides to take a pot of jam around to the house of his friend the bear, where he likes to pass the evening counting stars, but gets lost in the fog, where he sees a beautiful white horse. The Hedgehog and the Fog is an easy to follow parable, depicted in stunning 2D animation that’s as charming as it is mysterious. The film’s message, about overcoming fear and finding friendship, is wonderfully clear, making Norshteyn’s film ten minutes of your life well spent.

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