Monday, February 10, 2014

Hedgehog in the Fog

One thing that really grabbed me during the spectacle and whimsy of the opening ceremonies in Sochi was the reference (during the Cyrillic alphabet intro) to "Hedgehog in the Fog." What a phrase! I had to know more. Steve did a quick google search and read from the YouTube description:

This is a story about a little hedgehog and his friend bear cub. The two would meet every evening to drink tea . . .

Needless to say, I had to watch. It is delightful! Perhaps nobody has time anymore to watch a ten minute video clip, but I really do encourage you to check this out. It's a lovely short film -- sweet, magical, and even a little Gothic!


My favorite line? "What a weirdo."

Also regarding the opening ceremony -- I think I'm ready to read War and Peace now.

ETA: Oh! My dear friend Michelle located a picture book version of HEDGEHOG. Here's a blog post about it. And here's the Amazon link. I must have this!

[Cross-posted at Livejournal]

6 comments:

  1. Your blog always exposes me to something new and interesting--and makes me think. Thank you!

    When the hedgehog lost his little bag, it reminded me of myself about three times a day when I lose my phone!

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    1. I was looking at the book and wondering "who could I read this to?" My nieces are getting a little big for picture books. But then I remembered: Alexandra!

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  2. READ War and Peace?!! What a weirdo!!! ;-)

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    1. I've heard it's pretty good. Might take me a year to read it, though. :)

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  3. Yuri Norstein is a genius. As a perfectionist who does everything by hand, he has produced very little, but his "Tale of Tales" is often voted one of the world's greatest animations, too. His collected works DVD is on offer for about $10 on Amazon (http://www.amazon.com/Complete-Works-Yuri-Norstein-NTSC/dp/B000F3HP4G).

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