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Hoffmaniada is a 2018 Russian animated Stop Motion movie made by Soyuzmultfilm. It tells the (heavily fictionalized) story of German romaticist author Ernst Theodor Amadeus Hoffmann as he tries to balance his passion for writing with his dual jobs as a music teacher and a desk-bound lawyer as well as his complicated love life. If only he wasn't constantly haunted by his own fictional characters...

The film adapts and references several Hoffmann stories, including The Sandman (1816), The Golden Pot, The Nutcracker and the Mouse King, Little Zaches, Great Zinnober and even Undine, Hoffmann's biggest musical success.


Hoffmaniada was infamous for its Extremely Lengthy Creation, mostly caused by the studio suffering from severe budget cuts, which completely stopped production repeatedly. The film was in various stages of Development Hell for seventeen years, being originally announced in 2001. Once it was released, it recieved critical praise and won several awards, including a Golden Eagle Award for best animated film.

Compare and contrast The Tales of Hoffmann, which has a similar basic premise but mostly adapts different stories by E. T. A. Hoffmann.