Animated Soviet Propaganda

Part 1 of 4 of the Documentary “Animated Soviet Propaganda” From 1924 to perestroika the USSR produced more than 4 dozen animated propaganda films. They weren’t for export. Their target was the new nation and their goal was to win over the hearts and minds of the Soviet people. Anti-American, Anti-British, Anti-German, Anti-Capitalist, Anti-Fascist, some of these films are as artistically beautiful as the great political posters made after the 1917 revolution which inspired Soviet animation. A unique series. With a unique perspective. Includes interviews with the directors of the animated films which are still alive and commentary by a leading Soviet film scholar. Two hours of documentary and six hours of animated films.

4 Comments

  1. Damn! Shooting Range and Millionaire Dog are brilliant! The Vietnam one was maudlin, but hey, I lived through those times so I can relate.

    Gotta get that DVD.

  2. Btw. It’s not like the propaganda invented anything. These movies depict racial segregation and the crisis after 1929 crash, Vietnam war rather precisely. People actually believed that CCCP had a better chance to greatness. Surely poor people, people of exotic ethnicities had better chances in the CCCP to get an education and make a living (if they not happen to fall victim to Stalin Terror, corruption or killed during army duty).
    – The country was under threat indeed, it was invaded (by Hitler). Than there is the Cold War and the total destruction of the Russian economy after Gorbachev was overthrown in 1990.

    I think there is more truth to the shown movies than the rather ludicrous “Terrorist threat” the average US-citizen is now told to perceive.

    So they don’t invent they just focus on the bad stuff, thus bending the truth.
    The idea of a dog becoming millionaire is stolen from a famous early Russian novel/movie. “A dog’s heart”, which was rather critical to communism…

    Loved the anthem at the end.

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