Tuesday, April 25, 2006

Boris Dezhkin. Part 2

Here you can see the animation drawings by Boris Dezhkin and theirs clean-up versions. We thought that clean-up was done by Sergey Marakasov but Sasha Dorogov corrected us. This is work by Erick Treskin! Anyway this is a pretty good assistant job, isn't it?

And this is the assembling of several cels. Sadly the paint had peeling off. So it was necessary to stick the fragments together by adhesive tape.

Monday, April 24, 2006

Boris Dezhkin. Part 1

Again more historical than creative post. One of the most famous and great Russian animators was Boris Dezhkin. He was the true follower of Disney animation. Though many critics blame him for that loyalty to Disney he was just proud nevertheless. It must be said that Walt Disney saw works of Boris (THE UNUSUAL MATCH which recieved many international awards for example) and highly appreciated it. In fact he even invited Boris to work for the mouse house. Certainly the Soviet system could not tolerate this.

Boris lost one of his eyes during the World War II and still has remained an incredible good animator (here I can't not remember Michael Gagne who repeated this feat).

These are the Boris Dezhkin 's rough character design drawings done in latter half of 1950th.

By the way there is the character of Buratino (Soviet version of Pinocchio) on the first two drawings.
And this one is the key of animation sequence for A MIRACLE MAKER (1957). Boris has animated the weed plants.

To be continued

Tuesday, April 11, 2006

NU, POGODI! Part 3.

Today we put online some cels from NU, POGODI! Hope you will like them!
The first one is from first part of series. It was done in 1969. The others are from later releases.

It is very interesting to note that these two below are from scenes which was animated by Sasha Dorogov. This wonderful Russian animator later worked for Disney and did some animation in POCAHONTAS, MULAN, LILO AND STITCH and in many others Disney's animated features. Who knows? Maybe someone from guests of Russian Insider worked with him and knows him.

The art work was presented to Russian Insider by Vladimir Nikitin and Alexey Kotenochkin.

Monday, April 03, 2006

A new Russian blog is open

Please take a look at the new blog Maxim Nikonets Presents. This is the place where Russian animator Maxim Nikonets shares his comix and animation art.