I’d appreciate any help remembering the title of an old Russian or Soviet-era cartoon movie.

The story is about a prince and his servant, who go on an adventure to rescue a princess from a dragon. The princess's name is Vasilisa the beautiful. During the adventure, it is the prince's servant who takes all the risks and completes all the missions. I remember that during one of the missions the servant was transformed into a dog, and in another he went inside the house of an old witch. Finally, he manages to defeat the dragon by cutting the dragon's heads with something like a magical water stream given to him during the adventure, and rescues the princess. As a reward, the princess marries him instead of the prince.

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  • This sounds interesting and a bit familiar to me. Was this a stop-motion animated film or a traditional type of cartoon? I assume you believe this is 1960s to 1980s and such by the way you mention “Soviet-era” correct? – JakeGould Jan 1 '16 at 6:04
  • Was there moose and squirrel? – cde Jan 1 '16 at 6:14
  • Does it seem related to this 2006 Russian animated movie? en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dobrynya_Nikitich_and_Zmey_Gorynych – wip Jan 1 '16 at 6:27
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    What's the cryllic spelling of vasilisa? – cde Jan 1 '16 at 10:57
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    I fffffound it, it's called Сказка сказывается, cde you inspired me, I searched google images for the Russian translation of Vasilisa the beautiful and I found a screenshot of the movie. thanks a lot for all of you. – Mike Jan 2 '16 at 1:19

From the Cyrillic Сказка Сказывается literally translated as "The Fairy Tale", alternatively titled "Another's Tale to Tell" or "Tale to be Told" is a 1970 cartoon short by written by Boris Larin directed by Ivan Aksenchuk.

It is based on the archetypical Slavic fairy tales of the Heroic Ivan Tsarevich or Ivan the Fool, The Maiden Vasilisa the Beautiful or Vasilisa the Wise/Frog Princess (not related to the germanic fairy tale of Frog Prince/Princess and the Frog), and the Villainous Immortal Koschei.

[Koschei the Deathless] [Russian Literal: Bag of Bones] kidnapped Vasilisa the Beautiful, locking her away and torturing her so people will try to rescue her. There is a Prince who comes to save her but won't life a finger to do it. His faithful servant Ivan does it instead, dealing with a cannibalistic witch, a riddle loving living waterfall, and finally Koshcei turned into a 3 headed dragon.

As mentioned, the servant does all the work, does get turned into a (very lion-y) dog, goes to retrieve a knife from the house of the famous old witch of fairy tale lore, Baba-Yaga, and in the end wins Vasilisa's hand in marriage.

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