The Mitten tells of a little girl, whose mother does not allow her to have a dog, so she creates a loveable puppy from her woollen, red mitten.
Roman Abelevich Kachanov (Russian: Роман Абелевич Качанов; 25 February 1921 – 4 July 1993) was a Russian animator, one of the founders and leaders of Russian stop-motion animation. Kachanov was the director and screenwriter of the trilogy about Cheburashka, Gena the Crocodile and Shapoklyak.
Kachanov was born in 1921 in Smolensk. His mother was Haya Y. Kachanov; his father, Abel Mendelevich Kachanov, was a shoemaker. His mother died in 1932, when he was 11 years old. In spring 1939, Kachanov was called up for military service in the Red Army in the town of Chkalovsky, near Moscow. This deployment separated him permanently from his father and his only, older sister Maria (both were killed in Smolensk during the Holocaust).
After attending flying school in Krasnoyarsk, Kachanov flew fighter jets as a tail gunner. In 1940, the plane Kachanov was flying crashed. The pilot was killed; Kachanov was hospitalized with serious injuries. In spring 1941, Kachanov entered the Moscow… read more