To celebrate the 100th anniversary of the birth of Russian animation, an exhibition devoted to the "Cheburashka" puppet animation film series and other works of early animators from Russia is set to tour Japan starting in June.
"Cheburashka and Creators of Russian Animation," will get under way at the Museum of Modern Art, Shiga, in Otsu, Shiga Prefecture, on June 9. After it wraps up on July 29, it will be held at the Mitsubishi-Jisho Artium gallery in Fukuoka on Aug. 4-Sept. 17. The exhibition will tour across Japan until 2013.
To present Russian animation from various angles, the exhibition will show how Cheburashka and other beloved characters were created, and also reveal Russian production processes of stop-motion animation.
Sketches and storyboards used for the "Cheburashka" classic puppet film series will be on display. The exhibition will also feature the puppets and scale models used in the production of the Japanese version of the "Cheburashka" film released in 2010, and original illustrations from picture books published in Russia, and other rare materials.
The exhibition will run concurrently with the Russian cultural festival. In addition, a collection of four digitally remastered "Cheburashka" films will be screened at Theatre Umeda in Osaka from June 3 for one week. The 73-minute program will include "Ghena the Crocodile," "Cheburashka," "Chapeau Klak" ("Shapoklyak") and "Cheburashka Goes to School."
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