Some hens in a field

Wife material?

It’s Cartoon Friday, again.

Wow this is a weird one — dark, haunting and beautiful yet hard to put into linear plot. The gist is that a man receives a strange visitor who reveals the truth that his wife is actually a giant hen. That’s right, she’s not a woman but a Chicken Boo. But the results are stranger than anything that the Animaniacs ever aired.

Hen, His Wife, also known as Yego zhena kuritsa was released in the Soviet Union in 1990. It is the creation of Igor Kovalyov, an animator born in the Ukraine. He later joined Klasky Csupo studio to work on beloved children’s animation like Rugrats, The Rugrats Movie, and Aaahh!!! Real Monsters.

It’s interesting to connect a hand drawn, psychedelic cartoon like Hen to the later kids works – Real Monsters certainly had a similar atmosphere. Compare the design of Krumm from Real Monsters to what you see here.

What are your favorite cartoons? I’ll try to use one in a future installment.

The watercooler is an open conversation. Come chat. Happy Friday.

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