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The Scarlet Flower 1952 Soviet Animated Movie: How To Keep Characters Consistent?

Friday, November 4, 2016
(Warning: possible spoilers for the 1952 Soviet animated film The Scarlet Flower (Аленький цветочек, Alenkiy Tsvetochek in Russian))

Also known as, "How to stop your characters from being OOC (out of character)?" In The Scarlet Flower movie, which is loosely based on the Beauty and the Beast fairy tale, the female main character, named Nastenka, has 2 older sisters. This article focuses on the two women and their personalities.

The 2 older sisters of Nastenka – selfish and greedy doesn’t begin to cover them

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From the very beginning of the film, it was already established that these 2 girls are materialistic, greedy and selfish and very, very different from their youngest sister.

It’s in the way that they asked for a crown and a mirror with all the bells and whistles as gifts from their father.

It’s in the way they didn’t seem to care about their family but themselves and how they were so enamored with their expensive presents. Anyway, we soon leave these two as Nastenka goes to the island where the Beast is.

Nastenka returns home to see her family

Later on, she returns home to see her family. Understandably, she missed them all. Her father, Stefan, missed her as well. He calls his two other daughters, telling them that their youngest sister has returned. The two women come running to where Nastenka and their father are.

Do you think Nastenka’s sisters actually missed her?

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At first, it may seem as if the two are actually glad to see their youngest sister, that they actually missed her and are looking forward to seeing her again and that’s why they’re running and not looking displeased at being called by their father.

That would be odd and strange and would certainly be out of character for them. But, thankfully, none of that happens.

They’re still very much in character and you can see that right away the moment they open their mouths and come face-to-face with Nastenka.

They take her hands and hold on to them as they look at her, but it isn’t because they missed her or anything like that at all. It’s because they saw her new clothes and they wanted to get a better look at how beautiful and wonderful said clothes are.

Nastenka’s sisters are too selfish and self-centered to care about her

They didn’t even have the decency to hug her even though they hadn’t seen her in quite a while. When Nastenka saw her father again, the 2 didn’t have any qualms embracing each other and yet her 2 older sisters couldn’t even spare the time to hug her briefly.

They didn’t even bother to ask her how she was. Instead, they asked her if she brought gifts for them, implying that they would have been angry if she came back empty-handed.

The moment they saw the chests full of gifts in front of them, all their attention was taken away from Nastenka. It’s like they practically forgot that she was there as they focused on looking at the new things that they’d gotten. This definitely reinforces just how greedy, selfish and materialistic they were.

They didn’t even need to say anything to show their personalities. Their actions, what they did and what they didn’t do, the simple act of not hugging their own sister, those things are more than enough to keep them in character and to show exactly what kind of people Nastenka’s sisters are. What do you think?

*Notes:
- Image with added text was modified by Freya Yuki (CC:BY-SA) based on the image by hayashinomura (CC:BY-SA) from deviantArt
- Flowers in the image are meant to symbolize The Scarlet Flower and the figure is meant to represent the 2 older sisters of Nastenka since she doesn’t look or seem nice either
- YouTube video features a scene from said movie
- Second pic is from Amazon.com; link shown above

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