Soviet Film Wednesday: The Mitten

The Mitten

While Rankin & Bass were celebrating wintertime with their charming 1960’s stop-motion animations for Americans, including the beloved Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, Soviet animator and director Roman Kachanov was making his own adorable stop-motion films, including the celebrated Cheburashka children’s series consisting of Gena the CrocodileCheburashkaShapoklyak and Cheburashka Goes to School.

A prolific artist, Kachanov was also an animator for our recent feature, The Night Before Christmas, which was directed by the talented Brumberg sisters. Kachanov directed today’s animation, The Mitten, a film about a girl who spends a playful day imagining that her mitten is a puppy. The Mitten was written by Zhanna Vitenzon, with music by Zhanna Vitenzon.

Here is the 1967 short film, The Mitten.