["The Pilot of Sputnik"] Film (1960). A Soyuzmultfilm production. Directed by Yevgeny Raikovsky and Boris Stepantsev. Written by Yevgeny Agranovich, Lev Arkadyev and Raisa Frichinskaya. Animated by Galina Barinova, Alexander Beliakov, Vladimir Karp, Fedor Khitruk, Victor Likhachev, Victor Nikitin, Anatoly Petrov, Anatoly Savchenko, I Sidorova, Tatiana Taranovich and Vladimir Zarubin. Part of the Priklyucheniya Murzilki ["Murzilka's Adventures"] series of short films, preceded by Bad Mark Again (1957) and Murzilka and the Giant (1960). 20 minutes. Colour.
Soviet boy-pilot Murzilka tells twenty-first century descendants about the Solar System's first artificial satellites. Lights, cameras and other pieces of Technology are given aspect and voice, as are the planetary bodies and symbols of civilization, such as the Statue of Liberty. The design and flow of the animation is entrancing. Animator Fred Ladd used Murzilka na Sputnike as a framing device for Mister E from Tau Ceti (1963), a cartoon series syndicated to the United States in the mid-60s. Murzilka na Sputnike won the First Prize for Children's Films at the 1960 Karlovy Vary International Film Festival in the Czech Republic. [GF/MD]