Directed by: Inna Evlannikova, Svyatoslav Ushakov
: John Chua, Alexander Talal, Vadim Sveshnikov
Starring by: Anna Bolshova, Elena Yakovleva, Evgeniy Mironov
Genres: Animation, Adventure, Comedy, Family
Schoolbooks say that Belka and Strelka were first space dogs. But the dogs say that people dissemble a lot.
Reviewed byLena SchneiderVote: 8/10/10
This is a great movie, but misunderstood due to cultural references. Itwasn't mean to be another Pixar movie. It is however a great movieabout the first ever dogs that went up into space and came back alive.In Russia that is a well know pair of dogs and doesn't need muchexplanation. Perhaps it could have used some more details in thetranslated version. The jokes in the movie are more funny to those whogrew up in Russia and understand what life used to be like there.Watched this movie with my husband and son, and Canadian born husbandreally didn't like it till I explain the context to him. Notsurpassingly , he loves the movie now. It tells a great story about apiece of history.
Reviewed bylena-schneider-937-714226Vote: 8/10
This is a great movie, but misunderstood due to cultural references. It wasn't mean to be another Pixar movie. It is however a great movie about the first ever dogs that went up into space and came back alive. In Russia that is a well know pair of dogs and doesn't need much explanation. Perhaps it could have used some more details in the translated version. The jokes in the movie are more funny to those who grew up in Russia and understand what life used to be like there. Watched this movie with my husband and son, and Canadian born husband really didn't like it till I explain the context to him. Not surpassingly , he loves the movie now. It tells a great story about a piece of history.
Reviewed byPavel LimarenkoVote: 7/10/10
Suitable for kids? I guess so. But the movie is pretty unconventional.
It tries to capture and deliver the long-forgotten atmosphere of sovietchildhood with many of its supporting characters based on nearly iconiccharacters of old Soviet cartoons and children's stories. The setting -Moscow of the 60-s. This contributes to the overall spirit ofnostalgia, It's like if the authors take their old toys from an atticand start telling their stories.
The story is little sad, and the characters always have to keepstruggling, while their fate doesn't even belong to them. This spiritis probably created intentionally to make the viewers experience whatit was like to be a Soviet man. There's nothing propagandistic aboutthis film, and, as I said, It feels very authentic.
The original Russian voice acting plays an important role in deliveringthe spirit, which is often even more important than animation itself. Ido suspect the dubbing doesn't contribute to correct perception of thispiece.
Overall, this is not exactly similar to Pixar movies and it's not abouta positive message, fun or enthusiasm. But it enables viewers toexperience, like, an ancient civilization that no longer exists.
What it reminds me is "LES TRIPLETTES DE BELLEVILLE". However, "SpaceDogs" does seem to be acceptable for little kids and has somehumanistic messages to deliver. Only that it's not about walking aroundand making the world a better place. It's more about facing things thatare not in one's power to change at all.
That said, the pace is quick and action-packed, so it's hard to getbored. Overall, a good first step towards Pixar standards.
The quality of CG is not exactly up to modern standards, but it'sadvantage is about delivering the spirit of Soviet puppet-animatedfilms. So I say it's good, as I doubt anyone else could do it.
So, why is this worth watching for a non-Russian-speaker? I guess it'slike anime - another world, another life philosophy. It's alsoeducational.
It's not very good for those who: a) expect a charge of purely positiveenergy and uplifting messages b) have a particularly strong biasagainst USSR