This traditional fairy tale, as told by Pyotr Yershov in his 1834 book, was first animated in 1947 in Russian by director Ivan Ivanov-Vano, and was remade by the same director in 1976. Ivanov-Vano was a distinguished artist and animator who was 76 at the time this film was released. It tells of the adventures that befall a wily, honest peasant boy who, after capturing a flying horse, is given three horses and a set of instructions by the flying steed. The first two horses are beautiful and are his to sell or give away, and the last, a tiny pony, he must keep. Following these instructions, and others he receives from the little pony, the boy becomes a prince and marries a beautiful princess after bringing about the death of an evil old Tsar.
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