Russian animation 1990s-present

Aldar and the Grey Wolf by Rim Sharafutdinov

classical action-style animation about misfortunes of Aldar and his unlikely friend, Grey Wolf


12th Open Russian Festival of Animated Film took place in Suzdal this March. Here are some of the festival featured animation shorts

Goo Goo Babies by Alexei Alexeev (known for his “Log Jam” shorts)



Tough Joe by Anton Koroliuk



Green Teeth by Svetlana Adrianova

story about a lazy boy and scary school principal

Short film by a VGIK animation student Natalia Surinovich

A story about a ballerina striving to achieve perfection earned Suzdal Animation Festival 2011 Award.


Caution, the Doors Are Opening (Осторожно, двери открываются) is a beautiful stop-motion animation by Anastasiya Zhuravleva. One day of a busy subway featuring the most prominent buttons. No knowledge of Russian required to enjoy.

Anatoly Petrov was an influential Russian animator who recently passed away. He worked on many famous pieces including The Musicians of Bremen and Vovka in a Far Away Land. In 1968 he started a career as a director and filmed several shots of Merry Go Round series. One of his best films is Polygon (1977) based on the story by the Soviet sci-fi writer Gansovsky about an engineer who created a manless tank that finds enemies by the sense of fear.

Polygon with English subtitles

The photographica technique employs two celluloid layers for each character and creates a 3D impression. No computers were available when this highly realistic cartoon was shot.