The Birth of Eros [Рождение Эрота] (1989, NSFW)

This is the first of four shorts by Anatoly Petrov for Soyuzmultfilm in the 1990s that depict mythological stories with overtly erotic content, which is unusual in Russian animation. These also include  “Daphne”, “The Nymph Salmacis” and “Polyphemus, Acis and Galatea.” These films are also unique due to their experimental use of two-dimensional handcrafted cell animation as a means of creating three-dimensional effects.

Hercules and Admetus [Геракл у Адмета] (1986)

Nineteen-minute Russian short film animated by Anatoly Petrov. This was his first treatment of mythological material from ancient Greece. He would go on to produce four other shorts for Soyuzmultfilm in the 1990s that depict mythological stories with overtly erotic content, which is unusual in Russian animation. These include “The Birth of Eros”, “Daphne”, “The Nymph Salmacis” and “Polyphemus, Acis and Galatea.” These films are also unique due to their experimental use of two-dimensional handcrafted cell animation as a means of creating three-dimensional effects.

“In the early 1980s , Petrov turned to ancient Greek myths. Incredibly laborious in technical execution, the work on the film Hercules at Admet (1986) lasted five years. “The whole film is a big continuous experiment for me. ‘I wanted to sing a man, convey physical perfection, the beauty of his body, his whole appearance, and through them penetrate the harmonious world of his clear and sublime feelings.'”

https://web.archive.org/web/20070829125357/http://books.interros.ru/index.php?book=mult&id=29&mode=print

Arion [アリオン] (1986)

This feature-film is based on a manga series of the same name that was written and illustrated by Yoshikazu Yasuhiko from 1979 to 1984. Yasuhiko also wrote and directed the film, which tells the story of the youth Arion, who was tricked and kidnapped by Hades as a child. He trains to become a warrior while in the Underworld, believing that Zeus was responsible for blinding his mother and that by killing him he can cure her. Caught in the midst of war between the gods for world domination, he embarks on a quest to reach Olympus and fulfill his goal.

More: https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arion_(manga)

https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/encyclopedia/anime.php?id=807

 

Little Pollon [おちゃめ神物語コロコロポロン] (1982-1983)

Wikipedia: Ochamegami Monogatari Korokoro Polon, lit. The Story of Little Goddess Roly-Poly Pollon)is a musical Greek mythology-based Japanese anime television series, based on the 1977 manga Olympus no Pollon (Pollon of Olympus) by Hideo Azuma. The anime television series consisted of 46 episodes and aired across Japan on Fuji TV from May 1982 to March 1983, and was also popular in some Europeancountries. The main character of the story is Pollon, a sweet, precocious little girl who is the daughter of the God of the Sun, Apollo. Pollon’s goal in life is to grow up to become a beautiful and powerful goddess. She attempts to do good deeds and help out any way she can in order to achieve the status of godhood. Invariably, her overtures backfire and end up causing major trouble for both the gods of Olympus and their human subjects. However, Pollon’s kind heart, perseverance and indomitable spirit win out in the end, as she attains the title of “Goddess of Hope.The series is noted for its faithful portrayal of the Gods of Mount Olympus as fallible beings succumbing to real human faults and weaknesses, such as selfishness, temper tantrums, debauchery, laziness, and vanity.

In addition to its success in Japan, Little Pollon was a very successful television program in Italy during the mid-1980s, where it was known as C’era una volta… Pollon (Once upon a time there was… Pollon) and featured an Italian theme song by Cristina D’Avena

More: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Little_Pollon

 

 

Ulysses 31 [宇宙伝説ユリシーズ31 / Ulysse 31] (1981)

This television series sets the mythological tale of Odysseus or Ulysses in the 31st century. The show was originally created for a French audience by a Japanese studio (TMS/Telecom Animation Film in conjunction with DiC Audiovisuel) and comprised 26 half-hour episodes. In this Star Wars inspired version of the story, Ulysses is commander of a spaceship called the Odyssey and he has angered the gods by killing the Cyclops in an effort to save his son Telemachus from enslavement and sacrifice. As punishment, Zeus places Ulysses’ crew in suspended animation and forces him to travel the universe, where he has adventures that parallel those in the original Odyssey, though he also encounters other famous figures from mythology. In order to bring his crew back to life and return to Earth, he must find the Kingdom of Hades.

More:

https://www.ulysses-31.com/

https://www.bcdb.com/cartoons/Other_Studios/D/DiC_Entertainment/Kideo_TV/Ulysses_31/

 

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