R.I.P. Alexander Tatarski

I just got word that Alexander Tatarski, an internationally known and praised animator, has passed away. He died yesterday at age 57.

Tatarski (spelled various ways, aka Aleksandr Tatarskii) was an animation producer, director and screenwriter and was managing director of Pilot Animation Studios, the first privately owned animation studio in Russia (which he co-founded with Igor Kovalyov). The studio is the country’s biggest producer of animation as well as home to a world-renowned school for animators.

His claymation opening for the Russian show “Good Night, Kids” has been airing for more than twenty-five years. He also directed several episodes of Cartoon Network’s Mike Lu and Og.

Here’s one of his early colaborations with Kovalyov, The Investigation is Held by the Koloboks:

(Thanks, Alexey Morozov)


  • chris robinson

    holy fuck. what a shocker. I just saw him at Annecy last month.

  • http://niffiwan.livejournal.com/ Esn

    I’ve posted a more in-depth obituary over here:
    http://niffiwan.livejournal.com/3194.html

    Tatarskiy’s name is rarely mentioned in English-language media, but he has been, for many, many reasons, one of the most important figures in the world of Russian animation for at least 15 years. He leaves a great body of work behind him, and a great many unfinished projects.

    Without him, I don’t know if Russian animation would have survived the 1990s. Without Pilot Studio showing the way and teaching the next generation of animators, Russian animation could have easily gone down the road of crass commercialism. If it is not yet already there, it is largely because of Tatarskiy’s vision.

    He will be sorely missed.

  • Alex Budovsky
  • http://niffiwan.livejournal.com/ Esn

    Aleksandr Tatarskiy was buried yesterday. Hundreds of people came to pay their last respects, including his many students, employees and colleagues. As Anatoliy Prokhorov said, “nearly 60% of today’s directors, animators and artists in Russian animation are Tatarskiy’s pupils.”

    Translation of animator.ru article:
    http://niffiwan.livejournal.com/3580.html