Little Hedgehogs in the Mist: A thousand little hedgehogs in the eyes of a thousand people

Marcus 2022-10-12 13:38:42

In 1975, an animator from the former Soviet Union, Yuri Norstein, created a ten-minute paper-cut animation short film, "Little Hedgehog in the Mist".

It is this short film, but it ranked first in the "150 Greatest Animations in Japan and the World" in Tokyo, Japan in 2003.

Even the Japanese filmmaker Gong Qijun, who was awarded the "Oscar Lifetime Achievement Award", said: "Yuri Norstein is the greatest artist, and this "Little Hedgehog in the Mist" is my favorite cartoon."

Since the audience's evaluation and voice are so high, what's so good about it?

And listen to a layman's analysis of an animation enthusiast. (This layman has taken his daughter to watch two cartoons a month on average in recent years, and has a somewhat shallow perception of cartoons.)

Create stunning creations with traditional hand-painting and paper-cutting

During the ten years from 1970 to 1980, Yuri and his team produced many animated films, his animation style became more and more sophisticated, less like flat paper cut animation, more like smooth moving drawings or delicate pencil sketches , and created a special technique of multi-layered glass shelves that make his animations appear to be in three-dimensional space.

Good at using multi-layer animation cameras to integrate various animation methods, deliberately creating a poetic atmosphere and exquisite details.

His animations take quite a long time to make, but he doesn't sacrifice animation quality even if he gets into trouble with not being able to deliver on time.

Therefore, his animation looks natural and smooth, with beautiful pictures and vivid and rich expressiveness.

poetic breakthrough

Most of the cartoons focus on big, big themes, big productions, gorgeous colors, intense plots, often family countries, and aggressive styles. The audience and the characters are far, far away.

And Yuri's animation tends to be small, small themes, small productions, with animals as symbols, refining the beauty of small people, adding poetic imagination and romance with the ultimate care for human beings. Return to the basics, let the characters and characters truly land, and gain spiritual empathy. This kind of ordinary is the cornerstone of human beings. Just like the little hedgehog walking out of the fog.

There are a thousand little hedgehogs in the eyes of a thousand people

In the journey of life, should be leisurely? Or should it be pursued? Or change in the experience of life?

The little hedgehog in the play originally brought the fruit to the little bear to watch the stars. This was his original pure goal. But on this unknown journey, he walked and played, "looked in the mirror" in the pond, shouted at the cave, played with butterflies, and encountered terrifying owls and bats. The little hedgehog is not too nostalgic, nor too afraid, and continues to move forward.

Walking along, he found a white horse, a tall and handsome white horse. It's like a symbol of a dream. The little hedgehog chased the white horse and walked through the fog, seemingly forgetting his original intention. Also lost the fruit. Later, with the help of the puppy, I finally found the fruit and reached the destination smoothly.

But the little hedgehog was not happy and fell into contemplation. Is looking at the stars what he really wants?

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Extended Reading

Hedgehog in the Fog quotes

  • [first lines]

    Narrator: In the evenings, the little Hedgehog went to the Bear Cub to count stars. They would sit on the log and sip tea, gazing at the starry sky. It hung on the roof, just behind the chimney. To the right of the chimney were the Bear Cub's stars and the stars to the left were the Hedgehog's.

  • Hedgehog: [Referring to the owl] What a weirdo...