I have just read that Sergey Kozlov, author of beautiful fairy tales featuring the Hedgehog and the Bear, has died at the age of 70. I came across his work while researching my book (or googling the word hedgehog as it sometime became) – and the most memorable version was the film made by Yuriy Norshteyn – The Hedgehog in the Fog. I have seen this many times – it is gorgeous and spooky and worth watching.

During the research I also came across a superbly surreal video from Bjork for her track Human Behaviour which was most definitely an homage to the Norshteyn animation – starting with a hedgehog, or course.

Have a watch of them both – a real sense of loveliness.

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