This was an unusual comedy for its day in the USSR. Put together by two graduate students in film, the story tweaks the establishment with some fairly sharp barbs. At the receiving end of the satire is the rigid, party-line, slogan-spouting school system and its load of propaganda. Although the young filmmakers were daring in tackling subject matter critical to the accepted norm for education, the tale ends with the Young Pioneers (the Boy Scouts with an overlay of politics) all literally trucking off together and singing their signature tune.
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