the studio SOYUSMULTFILM was founded in 1936 and became soon the soviet union’s premier animation studio. in it’s best years over 700 people were employed and in 1973 the studio released 47 films. some of their most famous directors were IVAN IVANOV-VANO, FYODOR KHITRUK and YURIY NORSHTEYN. some of their most well known productions are – 1954 THE GOLDEN ANTELOPE, 1957 THE SNOW QUEEN and 1887 THE TALE OF TSAR SALTAN.
THE NUTCRACKER, a 27 min short, was released in 1973. featuring a part of the music of PYOTR ILYICH TCHAIKOVSKY’S ballet and based on motives of the E.T.A. HOFFMANN fairy tale the SOYUZMULTFILM production was directed by BORIS STEPANTSEV and BORIS LARIN. art directors NICOLAI YERYKALOV and ANATOLY SAVCHENKO. following are some captured scenes from the beautiful film.