In Serebryakov’s 10-minute film Ball of Wool (1968), an old woman meets a sheep in the forest and knits herself warm clothes, a house and furniture out of its coat, before coming up against her own limitations when she tries to remake herself as a beautiful girl. With its striking use of colour and its witty exploration of the medium, Ball of Wool is one of the masterpieces of Russian animated cinema.
“Ball of Wool” made in 1968 by Nikolai Serebryakov is an animated short film produced at the Soyuzmultifilm studio.
Nikolai Nikolyevich Serebryakov, artist and animated film-maker: born Leningrad 14 December 1928; married (one son); died Moscow 9 August 2005.
The Russian film-maker Nikolai Serebryakov was an imaginative and experimental maker of animated films, and one of those who contributed to a groundbreaking collaboration between Russia and the Welsh fourth channel, S4C, for the 1992 series Shakespeare - The Animated Tales.