ⓘ Hoffmaniada is a 2018 stop motion-animated feature film from Russian studio Soyuzmultfilm. The concept and all of the art design was done by Mikhail Shemyakin a ..


ⓘ Hoffmaniada

Hoffmaniada is a 2018 stop motion-animated feature film from Russian studio Soyuzmultfilm. The concept and all of the art design was done by Mikhail Shemyakin and is directed by Stanislav Sokolov. The film will be based on three of Hoffmanns tales, with the main character being Hoffmann himself. In particular, it will focus on the duality between the imaginative universe of his writings and his real-life profession as a government clerk. The film stars the voices of Vladimir Koshevoy, Slava Polunin, Natalya Fisson, Anvar Libabov, Anna Artamonova, Aleksey Petrenko, Pavel Lyubimtsev and Aleksandr Shirvindt.

It is based on the tales of E. T. A. Hoffmann. The film used puppet animation exclusively and will avoid using computer animation for special effects. The first 20 minutes of the film were screened on November 20, 2006, in Saint Petersburg and received positive reactions from various news outlets. A November 11, 2006 article said that the money to continue filming could not be found in Russia and that the filmmakers would probably try to find Western investors. A November 18, 2008 article said that the necessary money was finally given by the government. The finished film will run around 78 minutes and was expected to be released in early 2016.

The animated film was released in Russia on October 11, 2018.


1. Plot

The protagonist of the film is Ernst Hoffmann, a young lawyer, musician and writer who inhabits two dimensions at once: the imaginary world of his fictional works and the ordinary reality of a small town. In the images of his heroes Hoffman will have to go through the most amazing and danger-filled adventures, which might not be merely fantasies from his own fairy tales.


2. Voice cast

  • Anna Artamonova as Serpentina / Veronika / Olympia
  • Aleksandr Shirvindt as Lindhorst / Salamander
  • Aleksei Petrenko as Coppelius / Sandman
  • Anvar Libabov voice
  • Vladimir Koshevoy as Ernst Hoffmann / Anselm
  • Natalya Fisson voice
  • Pavel Lyubimtsev as Paulman / Top secret parrot
  • Slava Polunin as fake pastor
  • Alexander Lenkov as the old witch in the first version of the cartoon
  • Nikolai Kondrashov voice

3. History and technique

The project was initiated by Soyuzmultfilm director Akop Kirakosyan Akop Kirakosyan, who invited Shemyakin to the project; the idea of doing a film about E. T. A. Hoffmanns stories was Shemyakins. Work began in 2001. It is the biggest project that the Soyuzmultfilm studio has worked on since the collapse of the Soviet Union. The 22 puppets which were used in the first 20 minutes of the film were brought to the November screening. Each puppet took no less than a month to make. Actual filming for the pilot began in late 2005, and the first 13 minutes were screened in late November 2005.

The full film will have over 150 puppets, some of which will appear on the screen for only a few seconds. The spring of 2008 will be devoted to creating these puppets, and the actual filming period for the rest of the film will begin in the summer.

In November 2008, Shemyakin mentioned that he will be coming to Moscow to again work on the film "in a few months". A video report from September 1, 2010 showed that work was still ongoing. In a September 6, 2010 interview, Shemyakin said that if funding were given, the film would be finished in a year and a half. However, as of January 2011, the film crew were either not being paid at all as during one 6-month period or being paid very little, so progress was very slow.

On June 3, 2011, Soyuzmultdesign published an official booklet for the upcoming film, which says that preparation for shooting the second and final part of the film began on March 3, 2011, and that the final 90-minute film would be released in May 2014. Also, the official English name was revealed to be Hoffmaniada.

In July 23, 2013, it was reported that the film is scheduled to be released in 2015.

In December 2013, Shemyakin said in an interview that the government had allocated no funding and the film was continuing to be worked on for practically no money. He expressed hope for completion in two to three years. In a detailed article about the film in April 2014, it was stated that two years of work are left.


4. Related television series

In October 2013 at the Mipcom television market in Cannes, it was reported that, in addition to the feature film, a series of 26 13-minute episodes called Tales of Hoffmann Сказки Гофмана will be made for television, each one based on a particular Hoffmann tale. The series will use the same puppets as are used in the film.