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Ivan Ivanov-Vano has been described as the Walt Disney of Soviet animation and this 1949 short does indeed recall the creature comforts of BAMBI but with a decidedly intolerant moral. A magpie returning from abroad complains about a nightingale’s staid song. When the outsider honks out a jazz number, the local birds descend in vengeful fury: a vision of xenophobia all the more disturbing for its cheery veneer.

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