Twelve Months (1980 film)

Twelve Months (世界名作童話 森は生きている, Sekai Meisaku Dōwa Mori wa Ikiteiru, Russian: Двенадцать месяцев, Dvenadtsat mesyatsev) is a 1980 animated feature film directed by Yugo Serikawa, Kimio Yabuki and Tetsuo Imazawa, produced by Toei Animation from Japan in partnership with Soyuzmultfilm from the Soviet Union. It was based on the fairy tale of the same name written by Samuil Marshak. The music was composed by Vladimir Ivanovich Krivtsov (Владимир Иванович Кривцов) and performed by the National Leningrad Philharmonic under the direction of A. S. Dmitriev. Famous manga artist Osamu Tezuka served as co-producer and character designer on the film.

Twelve Months
Directed byYugo Serikawa
Kimio Yabuki
Tetsuo Imazawa
Produced byChiaki Imada
Osamu Tezuka
Written byKimio Yabuki
Ikuko Oyabu
Tomoe Takashi
Based onThe story by Samuil Yakovlevich Marshak
Music byVladimir Ivanovich Krivtsov
CinematographyRyoichi Toba
Yutaka Chikura
Release date
March 15, 1980 (Japan)
Running time
65 minutes
Soviet Union
LanguageJapanese / Russian

Plot synopsis

A spoiled, young queen asks for the impossible during a cold winter and requests for a bouquet of Galanthus, a spring wildflower, for New Year's Day in exchange for a reward of gold. One greedy woman desires to collect the bounty and instead of sending her own daughter, readily sends her young stepdaughter, Anja, to look for the white-blossomed flowers in the deep forest during a night snowstorm despite knowing the task will be impossible. Despite refusing, Anja is cast into the blizzard by her stepmother and in the barren forest, falls unconscious from the freezing cold. Later, she is awoken and is drawn to a light in the distance from a mysterious bonfire, surrounded by spirits whom reveal themselves as the Twelve Months. Learning of her task, the twelve spirits take pity on Anja. They use their powers to temporarily bring spring to allow the flowers to grow and be collected but requests no one is to know how and where she obtained the Galanthus. A grateful Anja returns home with the requested flowers and the bouquet is presented to the Queen by her stepmother and stepsister. However, the dissatisfied queen wishes to see where the flowers grow for herself. [1]


Character Original Russian English
Anja Shinobu Otake Svetlana Stepchenko Corinne Orr
Queen Ai Kanzaki Irina Cartashyova Unknown
Stepmother Tokuko Sugiyama Anatoliy Barantsev
Stepmother's daughter Mariko Mukai Klara Rumyanova
Professor Ichirō Nagai Igor Taradaykin
Prime Minister Unknown Masashi Amenomori
Officer Daisuke Ryu
January Kiyoshi Kobayashi Boris Novikov
February Unknown Vsevolod Abdulov
March Sergei Yursky
April Katsuji Mori Alexander Vigdorov
May Unknown Yuriy Menshagin
June Mikhail Kononov
July Alexander Voevodin
August Evgeniy Revenko
September Yuriy Malyarov
October Dmitriy Polonskiy
November Igor Yasulovich
December Yuri Sarantsev
Soldier Masato Yamanouchi Unknown
Young soldier Kōji Yakusho

Additional Voices

See also

  • List of animated feature films


  1. "Twelve Months > Overview". Allmovie. Retrieved April 15, 2010.
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