Animation: Icarus and Wisemen

Soviet 1976 animated short by Fyodor Khitruk.

In a community where most of the citizens are serious, thoughtful wise men there is a strange man who dreams of flying. He makes himself pair of wings but he falls. Then he invents a series of devices but they all fare just as bad. But Icarus never gives up and tries something new every day.

Wise men observe Icarus's fruitless efforts and make him an example of stupid and unacceptable behavior for youth and conjure numerous thoughtful and deep latinisms like "quod licet iovi, non licet bovi" or "Festina lente"... until one day Icarus doesn't fail.

Apart from the character of Icarus, this cartoon has nothing to do with epynomial greek myth. The original gave us an aesop about Icarus who boldly wanted to reach the sun and burned his wings trying, while this short tells a story about so-called 'wise men' preying on visionaries.

Can be found on Youtube with subtitles.


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