Great Animation Festival Opens in Krasnoyarsk, Russia
Russian animation has a long and glorious history. The very first Russian animation film, involving twelve ballerina dolls, was created in 1906. New life was breathed into the Soviet animation by the visit of Walt Disney to Moscow in 1934. One year later, the largest animation film studio, Soyuzmultfilm, was created. New techniques were tried and perfected during the 1960s, such as the cutout animation, as in the 1962 short Story of One Crime by one of the best Russian animators Fyodor Khitruk. But the golden age of Russian animation was in the late 1970s and 1980s, when the number of masterpieces appeared, including the adult classic Ograblenie po… (“The Robbery Like…”), a parody of detective films of 1960s and 1970s in the U.S., France, Italy, and the Soviet Union, starring animated versions of Marlon Brando, Jean Gabin, Alain Delon, Brigitte Bardot, Louis de Funès, Marcelo Mastroianni, and Sophia Loren; the sci-fi full-length feature The Secret of the Third Planet; the clay animation short Plastilinovaya Vorona (“Plasticine crow”); the 13-episode series Adventures of Captain Wrongel, which combined cutout animation techniques with backgrounds filmed in real life; and a rough-drawn 2-episode detective story Private Investigators Kolobki.
The “Great Animation Festival”, traveling also to Voronezh, Lipetsk, Nizhny Novgorod, Kostroma, and Perm, is supported by the Cultural Initiatives Foundation, a private charitable foundation of Mikhail Prokhorov, a runner-up in the recent presidential election. Enhancing infrastructure for education and culture was an important element of Mr. Prophorov’s election platform. For the first two years of its existence, the Foundation operated in the Greater Norilsk area, but has since expanded its scope to include the whole of the Krasnoyarsk region. The Foundation supports various types of cultural initiatives aimed at stimulating the local residents’ nascent creative resources and promoting the development of the environment and the self-image of these Siberian regions. Cultural activities aimed at children and youth, such as the “Great Animation Festival”, are a major priority for the foundation.
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