Based on a chapter of the famous novel “Story of One Town” by Saltikov-Shedrin. The novel, about the inane ureaucracy of the Russian government under the Czar during the mid 19th century, was banned during Stalin’s rei...展开gn, as were all books by Saltikov-Shedrin.
Irina Margolina (documentarian): The film was shelved in the ame year it was made because it was considered to be a atire on social realism and collective farms; it showed easants as poor. It was never shown again until perestroika. In his iaries Khodataev makes clear that he was so shocked by the fate of “Little Music Box” that he abandoned his career in animation after making just one more film.
The original sound track was received in terrible condition, and was restored as much as possible.