"Caliph-stork" - Soviet cartoon cartoon , based on the fairy tale of the same name (1825) by Wilhelm Hauff .
Evil sorcerer and caliph
|Type of cartoon||painted|
|Based||fairy tales of Wilhelm Hauf "Kalif-stork"|
|written by||Valery Ugarov |
|Production Designer||Vladimir Zuykov , |
|Roles voiced||Innokenty Smoktunovsky , |
Vasily Livanov ,
Natalia Selezneva ,
Inna Churikova ,
Zinaida Naryshkina ,
|Multipliers||Tatyana Fadeeva ,|
Alexander Mazaev ,
Alexander Gorlenko ,
Natalia Bogomolova ,
Antonina Aleshina ,
Vladimir Zakharov ,
Marina Rogova ,
Oleg Komarov ,
|Sound engineer||Vladimir Kutuzov|
|A country||the USSR|
In 1981, Valery Ugarov filmed Wilhelm Hauff ’s mysterious fairy tale “The Caliph-stork”, where the title role was voiced by Innokenty Smoktunovsky . Here the director got carried away by the pictorial side (artists Vladimir and Galina Zuykovy), directing the heat of passion to a more serious direction.- Sergey Kapkov 
A bored caliph dreams of a life without worries. He looks out the window at the dancing storks and envies them. Once in the personal belongings of a captured thief, he finds a box with a mysterious powder and a note in Latin . The thief who owns this box turns out to be an evil sorcerer and reveals the secret of powder to the Caliph: it allows you to turn into any animal and understand the language of animals, just inhale the powder snuff and utter the magic word mutabor . To reverse the transformation, you need to say the same word again. However, there is a condition: under the action of the powder, in no case should you laugh, because in this case the magic word is forgotten.
First, the caliph turns into a fish , then into a spider , and finally into a stork . In the guise of a stork, he talks with a stork and dances with it, and at some point begins to laugh. As a result, the stork forgets the word " mutabor ", and now it is impossible to return to the human world. The Caliph finds a salamander with whom the same misfortune happened. However, she knows where to find the evil sorcerer. Sneaking into the abode of their enemy, they overhear the magic word and again become people.
The Caliph makes a marriage proposal to a former salamander, and now a beautiful fairy . However, the latter refuses the Caliph, citing the need to help other enchanted. The caliph returns to his palace and sets free the little bird that was languishing in his cage.
- Innokenty Smoktunovsky - Caliph
- Natalia Selezneva - Stork
- Inna Churikova - fairy
- Vasily Livanov - evil sorcerer
- Yuri Yakovlev - Caliph's vizier (in the credits is not specified)
- Harry Bardin - Wizards
- Zinaida Naryshkina - witch / fish
Given in the credits of the cartoon.
- Script writers: Anatoly Petrov , Valery Ugarov
- Director: Valery Ugarov
- Artists: Vladimir Zuykov , Galina Zuykova
- Music by Vyacheslav Artyomov
- Operator: Mikhail Druyan
- Sound engineer: Vladimir Kutuzov
- Animation artists: Tatyana Fadeeva , Yuri Kuzyurin , Alexander Mazaev , Alexander Gorlenko , Natalia Bogomolov , Antonina Aleshina , Vladimir Zakharov , Marina Rogova , Oleg Komarov , Elena Malashenkova
- 1982 - The 15th All-Union Film Festival (Tallinn): 
- 2nd prize of Soyuzmultfilm studio for the program of cartoons: Caliph Stork, Bibigon , Ivashka from the Palace of Pioneers , The Secret of the Third Planet , Tiger in a Sunflower .
- Diploma to director Valery Ugarov for the cartoon "Caliph-stork".
Differences from the original
- In the original, the Caliph's name is Hasid, his vizier is Mansor, and the evil sorcerer is Kaschnur. In the film, their names are not mentioned.
- Unlike the caliph from the original fairy tale, his cartoon brother is a fair-haired young man, but he does not have facial hair.
- In the cartoon, the Caliph dreams of becoming a stork, and in the original, he accepts the decision to become this very bird spontaneously.
- In the original, the caliph buys the magic powder from an unknown merchant, and in the film he finds it in the personal belongings of the evil sorcerer.
- In the film, the evil sorcerer himself reveals the secret of the powder, and not the Wise Selim, as in the original.
- In the original, in order to reverse the transformation, before pronouncing the magic word, it was necessary to bow three times to the east. In the cartoon it is enough just to pronounce this word.
- Unlike the original, in the film, the Vizier avoids turning into a stork.
- In the original, Mizra, the son of Kashnur, became a caliph, and in the film there is no such thing.
- In the original, the Caliph meets his companion in the castle of the sorcerer, and in the film - at a considerable distance from his location. After that, together they go to the sorcerer.
- The Caliph’s companion has been turned into a salamander , not an owl . As a result, she turns out to be a fairy, not an Indian princess Luza. At the end of the film, she does not marry the Caliph, but refuses him.
- In the cartoon, the Caliph’s companion was turned into a salamander in the same way as the caliph was a stork, and was disillusioned just like him. In the original, the Caliph’s companion was turned into an owl a little differently - through an unknown drink, and the Caliph deceived her, agreeing to marry her.
- In the film, the fate of the evil sorcerer is unknown, whereas in the original he was executed. But there is an assumption that in the cartoon the evil sorcerer dies himself, with the destruction of his castle, accompanying the reverse transformation of the Caliph from a stork, and his companion - from a salamander to a fairy. In the original castle of the evil sorcerer remains intact.
Not in the original, but in the film
- In the original, the caliph becomes only a stork. Also in the cartoon, he previously turns into a fish, and then a spider. At the same time, the main character does not forget the magic word and returns to its previous state without any problems.
- In the original, the evil sorcerer does not touch the animals, and in the film he turns them into his servants, whom the fairy spells after the reverse transformation from a salamander.
In the USSR, and later on in Russia in the 1990s, the cartoon was released on the VHS film association “Close-up” in the cartoon collection “The Legacy of the Wizard Bahram” and “Dog in Boots”. Until the mid-1990s, Studio PRO Video released this cartoon on VHS in a cartoon collection, which also included films: Wild Swans, Cinderella, Thumbelina, The Ugly Duck, Resistant Tin Soldier, and The Canterville Ghost . Since the mid-1990s, the cartoon has been released on VHS by the publication Soyuz Video.
- Kalif-stork (film)