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)