This August, families can explore the magical world of Slavic folklore and mythology in the new animated film Mavka: The Forest Song. Releasing on August 15, 2023, this beautifully animated Ukrainian production will debut on DVD and digital platforms in North America thanks to Shout! Kids and Animagrad Animation Studio.
Created amid wartime struggles, Mavka: The Forest Song shares the courageous story of Mavka, a forest spirit who becomes the guardian of her enchanted home. When she falls for a talented musician named Lucas, Mavka faces an impossible choice between love and duty. Showcasing Ukrainian culture through its art, music, and values, this film highlights themes of harmony between humans and nature.
With a cast including Laurie Hymes, Eddy Lee, and more, Mavka transports viewers into a mystical world inspired by the poetry of Lesya Ukrainka. From its vivid landscapes to an uplifting soundtrack by Ukrainian musicians, this animated adventure aims to inspire kids and families.
Despite production challenges caused by the ongoing crisis in Ukraine, the team at Animagrad Animation Studio persevered in creating this ambitious project. Continuing their work remotely and from bomb shelters, their perseverance resulted in a beautifully crafted film sharing cherished folklore.
Poised to entertain audiences of all ages, Mavka: The Forest Song is now available for pre-order on ShoutFactory.com before hitting shelves and digital platforms on August 15th. Featuring engaging bonus content like a making-of featurette and music videos, this DVD release offers a behind-the-scenes look at Ukraine’s courageous animation industry.
So gather the family and transport into a forest realm of magic, music, and heart when Mavka: The Forest Song arrives for at-home viewing this month.
Discover an enchanting world that reminds us of nature’s beauty and the power of harmony.