RBTH: What is the secret of Hedgehog in the Fog? Indeed, it's not a children's animated cartoon but a profound philosophical film. Yet children love it.
Y.N.: Children didn't love it at first. When the film came out, parents complained to me: "You are scaring children." And children were scared, because they did not get into that form of thinking. But then the film, with its rays, subconsciously affected a child's consciousness. I know this from my granddaughter. When she was two and a half, she was so happy watching that film. But when she became three and a half, when the "scary bits" began, she'd leave the room and come back only when everything was over. Although compared with today's horror stories that was an age of innocence!
These days few producers are concerned about the really outstanding qualities of a film. By outstanding qualities I don't mean what you see in Avatar, or Viking, but instead, a movie that is permeated with thought, compassion, empathy, knowledge of life, rather than 3D special effects. And, in this sense, I'm at odds with modern times.