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Animation / Armen Film Animated Shorts

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Armenfilm studio cartoons created by Robert Sahakyants and famous for their unique animation. A few of them are available on Youtube with English subtitles.

Tropes in all Armenfilm shorts:

  • Anachronism Stew: The plot and setting of old Armenian stories are mixed up with numerous references to Soviet life.
  • Always a Bigger Fish: A literal example; expect lots of random scenes showing fishes eating other fishes.
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  • Deranged Animation: Like you wouldn't believe.
  • Freeze-Frame Bonus
  • Perspective Magic: Sahakyants's favourite animation trick
  • Shout-Out: To Russian folk tales (for instance, a squirrel cracking diamonds; a princess frog catching arrows; and a boy sitting on turtle's back with a golden key, which is a reference to Buratino – a Russian Expy of Pinocchio
  • Title Drop

Tropes in individual shorts:

Three Blue, Blue Lakes of Crimson Color (1981)

A short parodying the tendency of hunters to exaggerate size of their prey

Who will tell a fable? (1982)

A king announces a contest in which contenders have to tell a tale and if king will not believe it, he gets to take half the kingdom. On the other hand, if the king thinks fit to decide that the tale is plausible enough, he will take all of the contender's belongings. Based on the folktale "The Liar (folktale)".

Wow, a Talking Fish! (1983)

A poor fisherman is given a magic table by a kindly wizard who happens to have a small condition...

Marty Gra (1985)

A corrupt land-owner robs a farmer, and his son decides to take it back.

Deep blue Sea, light white foam (1984)

A fisherman and his grandson find a bottle with an evil sorcerer trapped inside. The sorcerer decided to take the boy who released him as an apprentice. The cartoon's song is probably the best known part of it.

An Axe (1994)

Based on a short story Brother Axe by Hovhannes Tumanyan. A village had no woodcutting tools and people were getting firewood in most primitive ways — using their hands and teeth. A passing woodcutter gave them an axe. But the villagers didn't know how to use it, maimed themselves and destroyed their village.
  • Amusing Injuries: Like an axe wedged in a man's skull. The man is still alive and doesn't even feel much pain.
  • And I Must Scream: People frozen inside ice blocks seem to be alive and waiting for spring to thaw them. Well, still better than frozen to death.
  • Dark Humour: People get maimed, probably freeze to death, are left homeless in the middle of the winter... Yet it's so over the top, you will smile if not laugh.
  • Happy Ending: If you can call that setting your village on fire to get warm.
  • No OSHA Compliance: People don't know how to use an axe. Or how to handle hot objects in flammable houses.
  • The Unintelligible: There are no words in the cartoon, just exclamation of joy and pain. Thus no need to translate the dialogs.


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