|The Adventures of the Electronic|
|Directed by||Konstantin Bromberg|
|Written by||Yevgeny Veltistov|
|Music by||Yevgeni Krylatov|
|Edited by||Nadezhda Yavorskaya|
The Adventures of Electronic (Russian : Приключения Электроника, translit. Priklyucheniya Elektronika) is a 1979 Soviet children's science fiction TV miniseries, directed by Konstantin Bromberg.
The series' screenplay was adapted by Yevgeny Veltistov from his own two children's novels, Electronic - the boy from the suitcase (1964) and Ressy - an elusive friend (1971). The TV premiere was on 2 May 1980. The film achieved a cult status among the Soviet kids.
A robot named Electronic escapes from Professor Gromov's laboratory. The robot looks exactly like Sergey (Serezha) Syroezhkin, a boy from a magazine cover, who was chosen by Gromov as a model to construct Elektronic.
By coincidence, the double meets its prototype. 6-grader Serezha cunningly suggests that Elektronik should impersonate him - go to school instead of him and even live in his home. His plan works, as no one can tell the difference between them. Serezha's teachers delight in a very gifted pupil, who suddenly shows unbelievable talents in math, gymnastics, drawing and even singing. Sergey's parents do not suspect his trick and are glad of their pseudo-son's progress.
However, eventually the boy realizes that as the robot takes over "his" life, he may be out of business...
At the same time somewhere abroad, a gang of criminals operates. It is headed by a criminal authority known as Stump. He tells Urrie, the gang’s most skillful member to find and kidnap Electronic. They want to organize the "crime of the century" with the use of his extraordinary abilities.
Originally, it was planned that both Syroyezhkin and Elektronic roles would be played by just one boy. But the director of the film decided to simplify the filming process by using twins. His assistants screened a hundred twins throughout most of the Soviet Union. One of the casting days took place in the winter, when the temperature was below zero, nobody came except for the Torsuyev brothers. It was they who were cast in leading roles. In test filmings, Yuri played the role of Elektronic and Vladimir of Syroyezhkin, but the roles were later changed by the director.During the filming period the kids grew up too fast, and it was necessary to make new costumes from time to time.
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