There Will Come Soft Rains

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ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED 12/10/09

"There Will Come Soft Rains" is a short story by Ray Bradbury, first published in 1950 as a standalone, and later compiled into "The Martian Chronicles" as a kind of "Meanwhile, Back at the Ranch" story that's kind of achingly plaintive and sad.

In 1984, on the very eve of Glastnost, when the Cold War was in its final stretch, and it was increasingly obvious that World War III wasn't going to happen, a soviet studio did this awkwardly-animated cartoon adaptation of the story. It's clunky and awkward, but still hauntingly good in a blatantly obvious "Nuclear war is bad" kind of way, and it's always fun to see what the peaceniks on the other side were working on.

What's interesting about the adaptation is that they didn't "Russianize" it - despite the dialog all being in Russian, it's still set in the US, still playing American music, and so on. They didn't move the story to Sevastopol or whatever, which, of course, is more respect for the story than American producers would show it.

I'm not sure if this is a licenced production or not. My initial reaction was that it wasn't, which makes it (If we're charitable) a fan film of sorts, but now it's beginning to look like there was some kind of agreement between them, so I'm posting it on it's own here.

and if that link doesn't work, try here http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WfI69DC_jaw

If you'd like some more info about the short story itself, here's a good place to go: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/There_Will_Come_Soft_Rains_(short_story)

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