This is an amazing work of stop-action animation by Dina Velikovskaya. The description, alas, inadequately describes: “Kukuschka is a bird, who follows the Sun. It seems to her as if she already could touch It, but the Sun is still far away. Suddenly she is not alone anymore, but for two it’s even more difficult to keep going so fast. She will reach the Sun, may be tomorrow may be the day after.”

Still, it’s a short piece, so anything more could arguably be a spoiler. I’ll just add that this is deliciously weird.


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6 thoughts on “Kukuschka”

  1. Do you know what Kukushka (coo-coo) is famous for? I am asking because there is another idea in that short movie ๐Ÿ™‚


    1. I hadn’t bothered to look up the title, Hettie, so “coo-coo” is news to me. For me, that does add a layer of associations to the movie, but what did you have in mind?

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      1. That’s what the short movie is about. In Russian culture, the first thing people associate with this bird is the fact that the mother lays her eggs into other birds’ nests, and then the stronger chick gets all the food, and sometimes pushes out of the nest the rest of the chicks. We even have an expression “coo-coo mother,” which means a woman who abandons her babies. So the whole story is that she’s trying to get rid of her accidental baby because she is a” “kukushka.”


      2. yep. And they do not tell this to you in the movie description, because for some reason h=they believe everybody should have the same association ๐Ÿ™‚


      3. Spoiler alert, I guess.
        Now that I think of it, The Pentangle’s “Basket of Light” album had an English folk song on the same subject though, as usual, it’s the guy who runs off:


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