Cheburashka from our yard

He is not only the “father of Cheburashka”, but also a person who survived the epochs, saw the greats, created the worlds in which many of us grew up. “RG” congratulated the People’s Artist of the Russian Federation and the laureate of the President’s Prize on the upcoming super-anniversary. And I talked with a man who has never tired of holding a pencil in his hand for a century.

Leonid Aronovich, what is most often remembered – maybe 41st, evacuation, Chelyabinsk tractor …

Leonid Shvartsman: The terrible cold in the workshop where I turned the tracks for the tracks, when my hands freeze to the metal, of course, do not forget. Thanks to me, a graduate of the school at the Leningrad Academy of Painting, then they took me as a designer. But some protective mechanisms, apparently, take care of our psyche – and I remember more the cozy pre-war Minsk, where I went to school in 1927, I remember how I walk with friends, play in the yard …

Was it not he who later became the court of Cheburashka and Gena the crocodile?

Leonid Shvartsman: Of course, this is from childhood memories of old Minsk. They are included in almost all my films where there is a small town, and if I have a city, then this is a town.