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