Hedgehog in the Fog (1975) is probably the most celebrated piece of Russian animation.

In several international polls, it has been voted the “Number 1 Animated film of all the time”. In Kiev, there is a statue of the main character and in 1988 it appeared on a Russian stamp.

It is a beautiful piece and a tribute to Yuriy Norshteyn’s legendary perfectionism. A virtue which has earned him the label, “The Golden Snail”. Since 1981, he has been working on his feature length adaptation of The Overcoat. He has, apparently, just 25 minutes complete.