|Genre:||:||Comedy, Adventure, Love Story|
|Length||:||1h 31 min|
|Script Consultant||:||Andrew Hilton (Screenplay Mechanic)|
|Production||:||'ANIMAGRAD' LTD; Ukrainian State Film Agency; SSVG EAST FUND INVESTMENT LIMITED|
This wonderful story happened in the age of valiant knights, beautiful princesses, and battling sorcerers. Ruslan, a wandering artist dreaming to become a knight, met beautiful Mila and fell in love with her; he didn’t even suspect that she is the King’s daughter. However, the lovers’ happiness wasn’t meant to last too long. Chоrnomor, the evil sorcerer, appeared in a magic vortex and stole Mila right before Ruslan’s eyes to transform her power of love into his own magic power. Without further ado, Ruslan sets out on a chase after the stolen princess to overcome all obstacles and to prove that real love is stronger than magic.
As the King’s daughter, Mila has spent all her life experiencing the world only through her vast collection of books. Filled with self-esteem and intelligence, this princess can’t envision a life through an arranged marriage, so naturally she rebels toward her unruly and unrelenting father. It isn’t until the time when true love comes calling that she dreams of living her life as she’s meant to live it – and on her terms.
A travelling bard of minimal class distinction, all his worldly possessions can ﬁt in a cart while performing from town to town. He often plays valiant characters and brings their traits into his personality while entertaining for the people. Ruslan has a moral compass that is second to none and often ﬁnds himself rescuing his travelling show of actors from extinction.
Chоrnomor is a wicked sorcerer and evil magician. He hides in a huge castle hidden in the depths of Wonderland, and one can only get there via a secret portal guarded by a wizened, double-dealing cat. One of his weaknesses is that he needs to replenish his magical power in ways that aren’t always easy to obtain; to do this, he kidnaps fair maidens and takes their vital energy through a dramatic ritual that turns them into stone.
Plump and simple-minded, he has the appearance of a total wimp but when the reward is food related, we see he is full of ingenuity and determination. Once his appetite is satiated, Hamster is kind and loving – albeit a little unrelenting according to his playful nemesis Titmouse Una.
Titmouse Una is a coy female with a quick-to-ﬁre temper. As a friend and teammate of Ruslan, she can be equal parts rational and irrational all at once, often playing bigger than what is safe (or wise) for her own good.
Cat is bookish and smart - smarter than the many humans who cross his path. He is in charge of the magic library and the passageway to the ultimate fairy-tale world, locked inside a giant oak tree. Hermetic and anti-social, Cat is privy to many screts and the essence of magical powers. He is a master of Martial Arts and a conoisseur of Eastern culture; however, his one weakness is birds - but in a loving way.
A frustrated playwright and a poet, the inspiration (and talent) fo rhis work does not come to him as often as he'd like, so he's been reduced to plagiarizing other works to make his play a reality.