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Umka is Looking for a Friend

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Umka is Looking for a Friend (Russian: Умка ищет друга) is a 1970 Soviet animated film. It is a sequel to the 1969 film Umka, written by the same writer of the original story Yuri Yakovlev.

A new song appears in the film called "Umka's Song" (Russian: Песенка Умки), which was written by Yevgeny Krylatov.


The film begins with the boy from the previous film leaving polar station on a helicopter that's headed to city for a New Year tree. After it passes near Umka and his mother, he then asks viewers if they haven't seen his friend who "can walk on two legs and can take off his skin", has no fur on cheeks and whose nose isn't black, but pink. He laments that he can't find the boy anywhere, only seals. As they walk, Umka notices Northern Lights, mistaking it for "red, blue and green moss", and when he asks what they are eaten with, mother replies that they're not for eating, but for admiring. Umka, wanting to eat instead of admiring, runs ahead of mother and notices a New Year tree near the polar station. As mother explains that it's a "big green icicle decorated with toys, balls and lights", Umka runs towards it. Mother warns him that there are humans, but Umka is instead happy that his friend must be there.

Umka sings a song about the tree, right before a clock strikes twelve times, announcing a New Year. When Umka looks through a window, he can't find his friend inside, so he decides to check the other houses, accidentally knocking down some skis stacked outside on himself. A cook peeks outside at hearing the noise, before going back in. Umka then enters a radio room, where he tries to smoke a pipe and plays with a telegraph key. Meanwhile, his mother looks for him outside.

Umka leaves the radio room and stumbles into a kitchen, where he discovers a cake placed on a table. When he sniffs it, he finds it sweet, so he proceeds to eat it. Meanwhile, the cook arrives carrying a large stack of plates for the cake. Upon seeing Umka eating it, he drops the plates out of shock, before he grabs a ladle and proceeds to chase him outside. During the chase, the cook encounters a walrus and the mother bear herself, although she ignores him, busy searching for Umka. As the cook backs away from her, he bumps into Umka, who then runs off and climbs inside a helicopter. As mother continues looking for Umka, she watches the helicopter taking off. Realizing her son is onboard, she calls out to him out of worry, asking where he's going. Umka replies that he will return once he finds his friend, ending the film on a cliffhanger.


  • Directors and art directors — Vladimir Pekar and Vladimir Popov
  • Screenwriter — Yuri Yakovlev
  • Composer — Yevgeny Krylatov
  • Camera operator — Boris Kotov
  • Sound operator — Boris Filchikov
  • Assistants — L. Nikitina, V. Turubiner, N. Erykalov, M. Popova
  • Editor — V. Turubiner
  • Voice cast:
    • Margarita Korabelnikova — Umka
    • Vera Vasilyeva — The Bear Mother
  • Animators — Marina Rogova, Lidiya Model, Sergei Marakasov, Gennady Sokolsky
  • Script editor — Pyotr Frolov
  • Executive producer — Fyodor Ivanov


  • The film's ending remained unresolved for nearly 50 years, until a sequel called Umka at the Tree was released in honor of 50th anniversary of the first film in 2019.[1]

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Category:1970s film stubs Category:1970 animated films Category:1970 films Category:Animated film stubs Category:Animated films about friendship Category:Films about polar bears Category:Russian animated films Category:Russian-language films Category:Soviet animated films Category:Soviet films Category:Soyuzmultfilm

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  1. "Мультфильм "Умка на елке" опубликовали в YouTube". РИА Новости (in русский). December 23, 2019. Retrieved May 25, 2020. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)

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