The Stormy Petrel (2004) by Alexei Turkus

Here’s a film I hadn’t seen before, and I want thank Brew reader Michael Lanigan for bringing it to my attention. It’s a great example of current Russian animation, much of which is still unseen by the Western world. The Stormy Petrel (2004) is by Alexei Turkus (full credits here), and was produced at Russia’s leading animation studio Argus International. It satirizes the poem Song of the Stormy Petrel by Maxim Gorky and serves as a commentary on the Russian educational system. It’s nine minutes and definitely worth watching – it gets crazier and crazier as it goes on.


  • Donald C.

    That was nuts.

  • Anna

    that was wonderful!! *rewatches again to hear it better*

  • Spain

    Russian animation needs more western exposure.

  • Mitch Kennedy

    WOW that was fantastic! Where’s the rest of Russian animation??

  • Dan

    Talk about madness!

  • Bert

    Cool, I remember watching some of the Russian animation on a long forgotten set called Worlds Best Animation series. It showcased many of the worlds top animators. Stuff that stood out mostly came from old Russia, the animation was strange, more or less experimental. There was some stuff from the Ukraine as well.

    Great to see Russia animators still doing the craft, this is dated back to 2004, I’d be curious to see what other Russian animation are available. Curious to see what else is out there. Thanks for posting.

    B.

  • http://tillmyhands.blogspot.com Adam VM

    That was wild! Hilarious, too.

  • Michael Lanigan

    Thanks for posting! Russian animation definitely needs more exposure. I highly recommend everyone to scavenge the internet for more Russian animation.

    The DVD volumes of Masters of Russian Animation are a good place to start as well. It’s amazing how much great stuff there is that nobody knows about.

  • GhaleonQ

    Would it be controversial to say that Russia trumps the Eastern Bloc countries, Japan, Canada, the U.S., the U.K., everyone, when it comes to animation? On artistic merits, at least. Try the library, the Masters Of Russian Animation DVDs, en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Russian_animation , http://niffiwan.livejournal.com , and http://alsolikelife.com/shooting/2009/08/100-important-directors-of-animated-short-films . My favorites:

    Mikhail Aldashin-Михаил Алдашин
    Garri Bardin-Гарри Бардин
    Roman Kachanov-Роман Качанов
    Fedor Khitruk-Фёдор Хитрук
    Nikolai Khodataev-Николай Ходатаев
    Igor Kovalev-Игорь Ковалев
    Vadim Kurchevskii-Вадим Курчевский
    Eduard Nazarov-Эдуард Назаров
    Yurii Norshtein-Юрий Норштейн
    Aleksandr Petrov-Александр Петров
    Nina Shorina-Нина Шорина
    Vladislav Starevich-Владислав Старевич

    Norshtein’s The Cow remains my favorite short of all-time.

  • Casper the friendly executive

    I love Cartoon Brew when you guys introduce us to stuff like this.