Gena the Crocodile (film)

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Gena the Crocodile
Крокодил Гена
Directed byRoman Kachanov
Written byEduard Uspensky
Roman Kachanov
Starringsee below
Music byMikhail Ziv
CinematographyIosif Golomb
Edited byLidiya Kyaksht
Release date
December 30, 1969
Running time
20 min 31 sec
CountrySoviet Union

Gena the Crocodile (Russian: Крокодил Гена, romanizedKrokodil Gena) is a 1969[1][2] 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 Uspensky's stories about the characters. Its famous soundtrack was composed by Mikhail Ziv, including songs composed by Vladimir Shainsky.[3]

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

Plot summary[edit]

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.


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



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