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The Scarlet Flower 1952 Soviet Animated Movie: What You Should Do If You’re Feeling Homesick?

Monday, September 5, 2016
(Warning: possible spoilers for the 1952 Soviet animated film The Scarlet Flower (Аленький цветочек, Alenkiy Tsvetochek in Russian) though if you know the basic plot of the Beauty and the Beast fairy tale or the Disney version, then this might not even be considered a spoiler as you probably already know this)

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In The Scarlet Flower, the female main character, whose name is Nastenka, has to stay in an island with the Beast.

Naturally, she gets homesick since she had to be apart from her father, Stefan, and her two older sisters. Eventually, the Beast does allow Nastenka to visit her family.

However, while the scenes showing Nastenka feeling homesick and wanting to see her dad and sisters were happening, I found myself wondering exactly why her family couldn’t just live with her and the Beast on that island.

Reason why Nastenka’s family couldn’t come live with her and the Beast?

The island was obviously big enough for all of them and then some. So why couldn’t they all just stay there and live together? That way, Nastenka wouldn’t have to feel homesick and her family wouldn’t have to miss her either.

Unfortunately, the question isn’t answered in The Scarlet Flower, so I guess we’ll never know. Even in the Disney version of Beauty and the Beast, the same thing happens.

Belle misses her father and wants to see him, but one has to wonder why her dad couldn’t just stay with her in the Beast’s castle. This is likely due to the plot demanding it to be that way though it would still be nice to get a believable reason, right? But then again, this is a fairytale. What do you think about this?

- Image with added text was modified by Freya Yuki (CC:BY-SA) based on the image by hayashinomura (CC:BY-SA) from deviantArt
- Red flowers in the image are meant to represent the scarlet flower in the film
- YouTube video features a scene from said movie

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