Yuri Norstein & Francesca Yarbusova

Yuri Norstein & Francesca Yarbusova; Japan, 1996

Yuri Norstein (Norshteyn) (1941-) is a distinguished Russian animator and director, the creator of memorable and award-winning films. In 1984 his film Tale of Tales was named The Best Animated Film of All Time in an event organized by the American Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in Los Angeles with critics and filmmaker judges from all over the world. In 2002 this film was also named the best animated film of all time in a Zagreb International Animation Festival poll. In 2003, an international film jury in Tokyo declared Hedgehog in the Fog to be the best animated film of all time.
For his contributions to art Norstein received the Order of Arts and Letters (France, 1991), and the Order of the Rising Sun (Japan, 2004), as well as many Russian state and independent awards.

Franceska Yarbusova (1942-) is an award-winning artist, the wife and collaborator of Yuri Norstein. The successes of their films are as much her accomplishments as they are Norstein’s. Exhibitions of her artworks successfully showed in museums in Russia, France, Japan, etc. She is the recipient of the Great Gold Medal of the Russian Academy of Fine Art. 

The screenshot from Hedgehog in the Fog animated film

The screenshot from Hedgehog in the Fog animated film

Sergey Kozlov (1939-2010) is a famous Russian children’s writer, poet, and author of many books, songs and screenplays for children. He is the laureate of Russian literature awards.

Vladimir Dal (Dahl) (1801 – 1872) was one of the greatest Russian language lexicographers. During his lifetime he compiled and documented the oral history of the region that was later published in Russian and became part of modern folklore.

Korney Chukovsky (1882 – 1969) was a renowned Russian writer, poet, translator, influential literary critic and essayist. He wrote his first children’s poem, The Crocodile (1916) at the age of 34. Since that time he was primarily known for his children’s stories, both in poetry and prose. Subsequently, they were adapted for theater, animated and live-action films, opera and ballet. With more than 300 million copies printed and translated into 87 languages, Korney Chukovsky is one of the most published Russian authors. Chukovsky was a prolific translator, having translated English writers such as Walt Whitman, Rudyard Kipling and Mark Twain into Russian, among others.

Nikolai Popov (1938-) is a well-known Russian visual artist and illustrator. He has won multiple gold medals and Grand Prix at international exhibitions of children’s book illustration. Popov has had personal exhibitions in many cities of the world including Moscow, Tokyo, Rome and Venice. He is an honorary member of the Russian Academy of Arts.