The Black Hen (Чёрная курица, 1975) by Yuriy Trofimov

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The Black Hen
Чёрная курица
Chyornaya kuritsa (ru)
Must kana (et)
Чорна курка (uk)

Year 1975
Director(s) Trofimov Yuriy
Studio(s) Ekran
Language(s) Russian
Genre(s) Literature (Rus./East Slavic)
Animation Type(s)  Puppet
Length 00:20:32
Wordiness 7.21 profile Ru, En
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A boy saves the life of a black hen, and is granted a wish. Based on the eponymous 1829 story written by Antony Pogorelsky.

Antony Pogorelsky (1787-1836) was a natural son of A.K. Razumovsky (known for the commission of the Beethoven quartets named after him) and an uncle of Aleksey Konstantinovich Tolstoy. His fairy tale The Black Hen, or Living Underground, written for his nephew, was the first book about childhood in Russian literature, and is what he is best known for.

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Now I am in the middle of translating this film, well, and I suddenly remembered a species of chicken that is quite famous in Vietnam. Indeed, it seems similar to the dragon on the flag of Kazan. This breed of chicken is called as Đông-Tảo Chicken or sometimes Dragon Chicken.

Perhaps a thousand years ago, this was just a normal breed of chicken with a normal size, but through the process of cross-breeding and fattening, they have become the shape they are today. Their bodies are of course better than other chickens, but not special. One thing that makes this chicken valuable is its legs. Their feet are rarely used for eating, but will be soaked in wine to store for many years. This wine can cure joint diseases, colds or nourish persons who have just recovered from illness. In fact, their legs often cost many times more than their bodies. This characteristic is similar to toad meat, which is a special nutrient only for children in Southeast Asia.

I must also add that there is a very interesting history behind this chicken. Đông-Tảo is originally a village with a very small area in the Northern Delta of Vietnam. Previously it was called as Đông-Cảo. "Đông" simply means East, and "Cảo" is jargon for areas reserved for people serving prison sentences. It is similar to the Sibir region. However, the prisoners in Cảo commune were actually nobles, officials or generals who unfortunately committed crimes. The monarchy's purpose in exiling them was twofold : To reclaim the wastelands and at the same time profit from the prisoners' labor. After all, those are all good directions. Therefore, with the accumulated knowledge, such prisoners created not only the Dragon Chicken breed but also many other good customs. But of course, because of the inferiority complex about the name of the settlement, they later deliberately called it as Đông-Tảo, in which, "Tảo" means the light of dawn.


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