Friday, 10 June 2011

Russia's main animation studio celebrates 75th jubilee

The one and only, the animation studio that raised generations of Soviet and later Russian kids is celebrating its 75th anniversary.

The one and only, the animation studio that raised many generations of Soviet and later Russian kids is celebrating its 75th anniversary.

The studio that once was the stronghold of Soviet animation and one of the greatest in Europe is going through hard times in contemporary Russia. Lack of funding, young professional animators and tough competition are among the biggest problems of today’s Soyuzmultfilm. After the fall of the Soviet Union Soyuzmultfilm suffered dramatically, ever since producing only a few films and losing most of its personnel. However, those lucky people who grew up during Soyuzmultfilm’s glory days say that it produced the best cartoons in the world.

Founded in 1936, the studio was home to dozens of Soviet and then Russian animation legends. And the reason is obvious – there simply was no other company where they could work. Over decades it scored international praise and respect, with its animated films and their creators winning numerous awards both at home and abroad. It made a total of over 1,500 short films and animated series.

RT

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