Festival Reviews

A 13 minute animated joy-ride, THE LEGEND OF RASPUTIN is full to bursting with cinematic delight. Following the historical (yet often apocryphal) account of the life of Raspuntin, mystic, healer and prophet to the Russian Elite during the final days of reigning Tzar, this is a film that is boasts exceptional quality.

The story of Rasputin larger than life on it’s own- but director Jamie Shannon puts a highly colorful spin on the already roller-coaster tale. There is bright, raucous humor weaved into the story that is satisfying to all ages- side-long jokes (both verbal and visual) will have the older viewers chuckling, while the modernized tone and other-wordly style of production design will delight younger audience members.

The writing is wickedly sharp, and the action tight, but a special note must be given to the design. THE LEGEND OF RASPUTIN is done with puppetry- a style rarely seen in…

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