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Detour: part of a series

Khitruk_01 All ads and no play make us all a tad too dull.

Ask my kids and they'll tell you how daddy often chooses the back roads in search of what awaits around the next bend. There's joy in the journey when you ride with the windows of your mind rolled down.

Pack a lunch and come along:  Click continue and learn about Fyodor Khitruk, an icon of Russian animation and see an example of his "naturalistic" style.

1 Fyodor Savelyevich Khitruk (Russian: Фёдор Савельевич Хитрук; born May 1, 1917 in Tver) is one of the most influential animators and animation directors in Russian animation.

From the Russian Information Centre:

Russian animators title 2007 the year of Fyodor Khitruk. The great master, who has brought up not only several generations of animated film artists, but all Russian viewers as well, turned 90 years old on May 1, 2007.

Fyodor Khitruk became the progenitor of author’s animation. Diverging from the “naturalistic” Disney-like canons that were reigning in the 1950-60s in Soviet animated cartoons, he created his own style, which was laconic yet multi-level, non-trivial and vivid. It is difficult to overestimate the meaning of creations of Fyodor Savelyevich Khitruk in the history of national and world animation, to which he devoted all his life (with an exception of the years of the Great Patriotic War when he volunteered to the front and returned to Moscow only after the Victory over fascism).

A listing of his films from IMDB.

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