Aleksandr Ptushko, Date of Birth, Place of Birth, Date of Death

    

Aleksandr Ptushko

Soviet animation and fantasy film director

Date of Birth: 19-Apr-1900

Place of Birth: Luhansk, Luhansk Oblast, Ukraine

Date of Death: 06-Mar-1973

Profession: screenwriter, animator, camera operator, film director

Zodiac Sign: Aries


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About Aleksandr Ptushko

  • Aleksandr Lukich Ptushko (Russian: ??????´??? ????´? ??????´, Ukrainian: ????????? ????? ??????; 19 April [O.S.
  • 6 April] 1900 – 6 March 1973) was a Soviet animation and fantasy film director, and a People's Artist of the USSR (1969).
  • Ptushko is frequently (and somewhat misleadingly) referred to as "the Soviet Walt Disney," due to his prominent early role in animation in the Soviet Union, though a more accurate comparison would be to Willis O'Brien or Ray Harryhausen.
  • Some critics, such as Tim Lucas and Alan Upchurch, have also compared Ptushko to Italian filmmaker Mario Bava, who made fantasy and horror films with similarities to Ptushko's work and made similarly innovative use of color cinematography and special effects.
  • He began his film career as a director and animator of stop-motion short films, and became a director of feature-length films combining live-action, stop-motion, creative special effects, and Russian mythology.
  • Along the way he would be responsible for a number of firsts in Russian film history (including the first feature-length animated film, and the first film in color), and would make several extremely popular and internationally praised films full of visual flair and spectacle.

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