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God and Satan debate: Who will get the soul of the hard-working carpenter Kuzma after he is struck dead by a poorly aimed bolt of lightning that God had intended for the Devil? God wins the first round of arguments for the soul of Kuzma. Up he goes to heaven, but soon enough Kuzma is getting in trouble and not able to enjoy simple pleasures (he wants some booty and a smoke. What’s so bad about that?)

Literally bored as hell, Kuzma starts stirring up trouble so that’s where he goes, to hell. At first things are fine and dandy down under, but quickly the orgy of drink and ugly women gets old – plus ugly booty can only go so far. Eventually Kuzma escapes back to the living world with a pig-boy, who becomes a boy-boy upon exiting hell, and restores a burnt village, where he finds happiness (booty and drink).

The end.

The above is my attempt at a synopsis of the 18 minute short “Neither God Nor the Devil,” a Russian stop motion film from 1964. Now watch it yourself and tell me what you think.

There are more than 900 videos from the animation studio Soyuzmultfilma (which made Ни богу, ни черту) featured on a YouTube channel here.
Some of my favorites are: Daughter of the Sun, Ball of Yarn and Geese Swans.

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