ⓘ Gena the Crocodile (film)


ⓘ Gena the Crocodile (film)

Gena the Crocodile is a 1969 Soviet/Russian stop-motion animated film directed by Roman Kachanov in Soyuzmultfilm studio. This film introduces the characters Gena the Crocodile, Cheburashka, and the old woman Shapoklyak. The film was based on Eduard Uspenskys stories about the characters. Its famous soundtrack was composed by Mikhail Ziv, including songs composed by Vladimir Shainsky.

This film became popular in the Soviet Union and spawned three sequels.


1. Plot summary

Gena the Crocodile works as a zoo animal at an urban zoo. Every evening, he returns home to his lonely apartment. Gena gets very tired of playing chess against himself and decides to find some friends to play with. Animals and people respond to advertisements that he posts all around the city. First, a girl named Galya comes with a homeless puppy, who is then followed by Cheburashka. They decide to build a house for all the lonely citizens of the city, but a mischievous old lady, Shapoklyak, tries to stop them in different ways.


2. Creators

  • Dolls and scenery: Semyon Etlis, Marina Chesnokova, Pavel Lesin, Gennady Lyutinsky, Svetlana Znamenskaya, Oleg Masainov, Valentin Ladygin, Liliana Luetinskaja, V. Kalashnikova, E. Darikovich
  • Sound technician: Georgy Martynyuk
  • Film director: Roman Kachanov
  • Art director: Leonid Shvartsman
  • Installation: Lidiya Kyaksht
  • Operator: Iosif Golomb
  • Scriptwriters: Eduard Uspensky, Roman Kachanov
  • Composer: Mikhail Ziv

3. Cast

  • Tamara Dmitrieva as Galya voice
  • Vasily Livanov as Gena the Crocodile voice
  • Vladimir Rautbart as Shapoklyak voice
  • Klara Rumyanova as Cheburashka voice
  • Vladimir Kenigson as Salesman voice