Ion Popescu-Gopo, Date of Birth, Place of Birth, Date of Death


Ion Popescu-Gopo


Date of Birth: 01-May-1923

Place of Birth: Bucharest

Date of Death: 29-Nov-1989

Profession: actor, animator, film director, caricaturist

Nationality: Romania

Zodiac Sign: Taurus

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About Ion Popescu-Gopo

  • Ion Popescu-Gopo (Romanian pronunciation: [i'on po'pesku 'gopo]; 1 May 1923, Roe?ti, Vâlcea – 28 November 1989, Bucharest) was a Romanian graphic artist and animator, but also writer, movie director and actor born in Bucharest, Romania.
  • He was a prominent personality in the Romanian cinematography and the founder of the modern Romanian cartoon school.
  • He was, together with Liviu Ciulei and Mirel Iliesiu one of the few Romanian film artists who won an award at Cannes in the 20th century.
  • His film "Scurta Istorie" (A Brief History) won the Short Film Palme d'Or for best short film in 1957.
  • His 1965 film The White Moor was entered into the 4th Moscow International Film Festival where he won the award for Best Director.
  • In 1969 he was a member of the jury at the 6th Moscow International Film Festival.
  • In 1977 he was a member of the jury at the 10th Moscow International Film Festival.
  • In 1983 he was a member of the jury at the 13th Moscow International Film Festival.Ion Popescu-Gopo attended (but never graduated from) the Academy of Fine Arts in Bucharest.
  • He also attended animation courses in Moscow.
  • He made Maria, Mirabela which is a Romanian-Russian co-production. His career started as a designer and cartoonist in 1939, publishing caricatures and editorial cartoons in newspapers.
  • 1949 brought his debut in the film industry with "Punguta cu doi bani" (Bag with two coins).
  • Since 1950 he started working for Studioul Cinematografic Bucuresti (Cinematographic Studio Bucharest) in the animation department, that later broke into a separate animation studio, Animafilm. His most known cartoon character is a little black and white man sometimes referred to as "Gopo's Little Man" after his creator.
  • Later in his life Popescu-Gopo confessed that he tried to start an "anti-Disney rebellion".
  • Unable to surpass Disney's animation characters in color and beauty, Popescu-Gopo tried to be more profound in message and substance and simplify the form and techniques used.
  • Unlike Disney's cartoon characters, Popescu-Gopo's cartoon characters were black and white, designed in simple lines. Ion Popescu-Gopo died on 29 November 1989, just weeks before the Romanian Revolution.
  • He suffered a heart attack while trying to push his car, stuck in snow, into his garage.
  • His death was the first step into the downfall of the Romanian animation studios Animafilm, which later suffered from financial issues after the 1989 revolution.

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