Hedgehog in the Fog is the Russian equivalent of Winnie the Pooh, Paddington or Beatrix Potter stories.
This delightful cartoon was made in 1975 by Yuriy Borisovich Norshteyn and introduced the world to a hedgehog that becomes bewitched by different shapes obscured by thick fog.
Yuriy Borisovich Norshteyn is one of the most respected animators in the world and yet in the English speaking world at least, not much is known about this man.
In addition to Hedgehog in the Fog, Norstein produced Tale of Tales (1979) and The Heron and the Crane (1974), that were highly acclaimed by critics.
His mastery of visual elements and imaginative story telling techniques combine to create a genuinely unique poetic universe with the same eastern spiritual heritage as Russian fairy tales and folklore.
Born in 1941 in Andreevka, a small village near Moscow, Yuriy worked as a manual worker in a furniture factory and later an artistic director and animator. His big break came when he worked with well-known Russian animator Ivan Vano Ivanov on the animated feature The Left-Handed in 1970.
Undoubtedly best known for The Hedgehog in the Fog made in 1975 and since then has had a cult following of artists and illustrators who are enchanted by this simple and beautiful story.
Yuriy’s life’s work is an animated feature film called The Overcoat which has remained in production and unreleased for the past 35 years.