The most popular Soviet cartoon in Russian history is "Cheburashka". Cheburashka is a character from the picture book "Gena the Crocodile".
In 1969 the animation director for Soyuzmultfilm created a puppet animation. Since then, Cheburashka has become a popular character.
From January 2023, a movie remake of the animation "Cheburashka" was released in Russia and became a hit during the New Year holidays. The movie theater was full of children. "Cheburashka" is the highest-grossing Russian film of all time, with over 5 billion rubles at the box office.
4 interesting facts about the movie:
・Cheburashka was filmed in southern Russia (Sochi, Pyatigorsk, Kislovodsk).
・Six tons of oranges were used during the filming of the movie.
• 26 rats, 8 parrots, 6 guinea pigs, 1 bulldog and 1 iguana participated.
In the movie, Gena is not a crocodile, but a human (Gennadi) who works as a gardener in an arboretum.