1969 Rocketdyne concept depicting the firing of the ascent engine as the Apollo 11 Lunar Module ascent stage launches from the surface of the moon. The descent stage serves as a launch base and remained on the lunar surface.Image: NASA

Apollo 11 at 50: Returning Home

It was actually 21st July that the return to Earth began. Armstrong and Aldrin spent less than three hours walking on the Moon and lifted off in the Lunar Module’s ascent stage less than 22 hours after they had touched down. 10 years ago on downthetubes, Jeremy Briggs wrote a 40th anniversary day-by-day celebration seriesContinue reading Apollo 11 at 50: Returning Home

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New book lifts the lid on cream of Soviet satire

A new book delving into one of the best-known examples of Soviet satire has just been published by the University Press of Mississippi. Graphic Satire in the Soviet Union: Krokodil’s Political Cartoons by John Etty lifts the lid on Krokodil, which offered some extraordinary cartoon art within a hugely propagandistic publicationContinue reading New book lifts the lid on cream of Soviet satire

The Tale of the Dead Princess and the Seven Knights is a 1951 Russian animation of an 1833 fairytale poem written by Alexander Pushkin, based upon the classic Grimms tale, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. It was directed by Ivan Pyetrovich Ivanov-Vano, known as the ‘patriarch of Soviet animation."

New documentary set to put Soviet “Soyuzmultfilm” in the spotlight, team calls out to those who worked in it

London-based Bill Melendez Productions are currently in pre-production on a feature length documentary exploring animation for children and families in the USSR, in part, focusing on the studio Soyuzmultfilm, and the women in Soviet animation: from Aleksandra Snezhko-Blotskaya, co-director of the Soviet Realist classic, The Tale of the Dead Princess and the Seven Knights (1951), toContinue reading New documentary set to put Soviet “Soyuzmultfilm” in the spotlight, team calls out to those who worked in it