Behold the dark beauty of Russia's 1968 Little Mermaid cartoon

Disney's The Little Mermaid may be the best-known animated film based on Hans Christian Andersen's short story, but it was by no means the first. This Russian film, directed by Ivan Aksenchuk in 1968, uses a variety of animation styles to capture the sad tone of the tragic fairy tale, from the horrors of the… » 4/08/12 3:30pm 4/08/12 3:30pm

Final Proof That Communism Breaks Your Brain

Two regular guys fall into an alien teleportation device and find themselves on a planet of crazy people in Kin-Dza-Dza!, a 1986 Russian movie that satirizes the declining USSR by having people act very very silly for 135 minutes. It's basically like the longest Monty Python sketch in history: the Plukanians only… » 6/10/08 8:30pm 6/10/08 8:30pm

Russian Space Pirates Melt Your Synapses With Rock

Russian translation circuits: inoperable. We may not know what this band from the motherland is singing about in this science fiction-themed music video, but we do know that a band of crazy space pirates are invading a fleet of women clad in silver jumpsuits. Everybody parades around and sings the chorus of the song… » 2/08/08 3:30pm 2/08/08 3:30pm