This cartoon is still popular.
The novel by Eduard Uspensky “Uncle Fyodor, dog and cat” was published in 1973 and 5 years later they made it into the famous cartoon, which has become a classic of Soviet animation and for 40 years its popularity neither the children nor the parents. But even the most devoted fans hardly aware of the fact that some of the characters were real prototypes, and the characters initially look very different, and from series to series, their appearance has undergone significant changes.
This story began in a summer camp, where at that time Eduard Uspensky worked as a librarian. Good children’s books in his library were not enough, and an aspiring writer began to invent stories about the adventures of the inhabitants of the village of Buttermilk. Thus was born uncle Fyodor, cat Matroskin, a ball and a postman Pechkin. Initially, Cindy was a grown woodsman, living in a fairytale village, but on the advice of the writer Boris Zakhoder assumption made 6-year-old boy – the same as his potential readers. “And I rewrote the whole book. So uncle Fyodor uzrokovati this happened,” – told the assumption.
In fact, the first assumption the book was filmed in 1975, However, three-part cartoon film “Uncle Feodor, the dog and the cat” was not a success. 3 years later it decided to re-shoot, for which Eduard Uspensky had to rewrite the script. However, the result was well worth all your effort – “Three from Buttermilk” enjoyed incredible popularity, hundreds of times more than the book.
On the new cartoon had two art Director: Levon Khachatryan created images of postman Pechkin, uncle Theodore and his parents, and Nicholas Erykalov was the Creator of the cat Matroskin, Ball, cows cats and the calf of Gavroche. The hardest work progressed on the way of Valconca – bird could not be what she wanted to see the Director. As a result, over it had to work several artists multiples.
Some of the characters were real prototypes. For example, the appearance of mom uncle Theodore Levon Khachatryan sketched with his wife, actress Larissa Myasnikova. “Small stature, short hair, glasses. Popov has made the amendments… Glasses. On my sketch, they were round, which is my wife, but the priests believed that it is better square,” said Khachatryan. Larissa Myasnikova were not happy with the result – too Moody and nervous appeared on the screen written off her character. However, the one form of glasses made her change of heart: “I would have never worn it. I hope everyone understands, and no one will associate your mom with me.”
The image of uncle Theodore became the subject of heated debate – as the Director was not satisfied with the final result. While working on the next series – “Holidays in Prostokvashino” – work has been joined by another animator, Arkady cher. He changed the appearance of almost all the characters, but the most noticeable transformations took place with the uncle Fedor. Because of this, the Director snapped, Levon Khachatrian, and then left the project. In creating the third series – “Winter in Prostokvashino” – he did not participate. And uncle Theodore, meanwhile, has changed beyond recognition. “If you put Uncle Fedorov from all three series there, will be that this is completely different boys! I don’t understand,” said Levon Khachatryan.
Its prototype was not the only mom uncle Theodore, but the cat of Matroskin – it’s for a book, not a cartoon character, and more of his character, not appearance. Eduard Uspensky “copied” the cat from your friend, the employee of the satirical newsreel “Wick” Anatoly Taraskina. From him, Sylvester inherited the rationality, thoroughness, practicality, rationality, thrift, and along with the name, because in the original version he was a cat by Taraskina.
However, the prototype rebelled against the excessive caricature of the image: “You’re crazy! You want me all over Moscow to ridicule? Don’t want to be some sort of book cat. If you asked me to immortalize yourself in the better – known character- I would have thought…”. Taraskin even could not imagine how popular will be debited from the character. According to the assumption, he later regretted his decision and said: “What a fool I was! The name I regretted to give! So at least the story would have went in.” But the audience Matroskin more associated with the actor, which gave him a voice – a brilliant Oleg Tabakov.
At the request of the scenario Department of a replica of the characters had to be rewritten. Eduard Uspensky was told that initially, the cat Matroskin, walking from corner to corner “like a prisoner”, had to say: “it is socialism built, and we have one pair of boots at all, as under the tsars”. But in the final version, this phrase sounds more “politically correct”: “At the end of the twentieth century, and we have one pair of boots at all, as in days of yore”.