Melnitsa Animation Studio

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Melnitsa Animation Studio
Industry Animation
Motion pictures
Founded 1999
Headquarters Saint Petersburg, Russia
Products Animated films
Number of employees

Melnitsa Animation Studio (Russian: Студия анимационного кино «Мельница», "melnitsa" meaning "windmill") is one of the most prominent and successful companies in the Russian animation industry. It is one of the two largest animation studios in Russia, each creating over 5 hours of animation annually. There is also a section of the studio devoted to digital special effects for the use of its own projects as well as for live-action films. The studio was established by funding from Midi-Cinema and CTB Film Company.

Its first animated projects were television commercials, the short film Die Hard by Konstantin Bronzit (Grand Prix of the Annecy International Animated Film Festival, 1998), and work for "Poseidon Film Distributors Ltd" (the animated series "Global Bears Rescue" and "Technology")

In 1999 the animation studio "Melnitsa" was established, with funding from "Midi-Cinema" (Миди-Синема) and the film company STV (СТВ). Its first project was The Adventures in Emerald City (Приключения в Изумрудном Городе) for NTV-film (НТВ-кино); it was a four-part animation released in 2000.

In 2001 Melnitsa released its first 3D-animated project - the short film Good Morning (С добрым утром) by Denis Chernov.

In 2002 Melnitsa released two short films by the famous animator and director Konstantin Bronzit: There Was an Old Lady for Scholastic Entertainment and the 3D-animated film The God (winner of numerous international festival awards).

In 2000, Melnitsa had started work on the feature-length animated film Little Longnose (Карлик Нос) directed by Ilya Maksimov, based on the fairy tale of Wilhelm Hauff. The film premiered on March 20, 2003. It was advertised as "the first Russian animated feature film released to theatres in 40 years", though it is unclear if this was really true.

On December 23, 2004, the feature film Alyosha Popovich and Tugarin Zmey (Алёша Попович и Тугарин Змей) was released, directed by Konstantin Bronzit. It was done in record time and for a very modest budget - work on the film took only a little longer than a year and it cost around $300,000. The film gathered about $1.7 million at the box office. This marked the beginning of Melnitsa's "3 Bogatyrs" trilogy, and two more films were planned for the next few years.

On January 2005, at the 10th Open Russian Festival of Animated Film in Suzdal, the new short film by Konstantin Bronzit premiered, called Cat and Fox (Кот и Лиса). Work on it had been finished in November 2004. Bronzit's film, based on a national Russian tale, was part of the huge government-sponsored project by Moscow-based Pilot studio called "Gora Samotsvetov" (Гора самоцветов)[1]. The project, when complete, will consist of 52 13-minute films based on fairy tales from all of Russia's nationalities.

On March 15, 2006, the second film in the "3 Bogatyrs" trilogy was released, called Dobrynya Nikitich and Zmey Gorynych (Добрыня Никитич и Змей Горыныч), directed by Ilya Maksimov. It came on the heels of the much more serious animated blockbuster Prince Vladimir, which was released on February 22.

The third film in the trilogy, Ilya Muromets and Nightingale the Robber (Илья Муромец и Соловей Разбойник), was released on July 7, 2007.


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Year Title cartoon Director Author(s) script Production Designer Budget Fees
2003 «Little Longnose (Карлик Нос)» Ilya Maksimov Aleksander Boyarsky Aleksandra Averianova $2,5 million $569 837
2004 «Alyosha Popovich and Tugarin Zmey» Konstantin Bronzit Aleksander Boyarsky
Maksim Sveshnikov
Ilya Maksimov
Konstantin Bronzit
Ol'ga Ovinnikova $4 million $1 730 000
2006 «Dobrynya Nikitich and Zmey Gorynych» Ilya Maksimov Aleksander Boyarsky
Maksim Sveshnikov
Ilya Maksimov
Ol'ga Ovinnikova $4,5 million $3 620 000
2007 «Ilya Muromets and Solovey-Razboinik» Vladimir Toropchin Aleksander Boyarsky
Maksim Sveshnikov
Ol'ga Ovinnikova
Oleg Markelov
$2 million $9 739 679
2008 «The Tale of Soldier Fedot, The Daring Fellow» Lyudmila Steblyanko Lyudmila Steblyanko
Roman Smorodin
Anastasia Vasil'eva $2 586 097
2010 «Three heroes and Shamahanskaya queen» Sergey Glezin Alexander Boyarsky
Ol'ga Nikiforova
Ol'ga Ovinnikova
Elena Lavrent'eva
Oleg Markelov
$2,5 million $19 010 585
2011 «Ivan Tsarevich and the Grey Wolf» Vladimir Toropchin Alexander Boyarsky Marina Kudryavtseva $3 million $24 830 497
2012 «Three heroes on distant shores» Konstantin Feoktistov Alexander Boyarsky Lidiya Savina $3,5 million $31 505 876
2013 «Ivan Tsarevich and the Grey Wolf 2» Vladimir Toropchin Vladimir Toropchin
Alexander Boyarsky
Svetlana Sachenko
Svetlana Degtyarёva $20 962 988
2015 «Three heroes. Horse Course» Konstantin Feoktistov Alexander Boyarsky
Svetlana Sachenko
Svetlana Degtuarёva $3,5 million $19 390 136

In production[edit]

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Year Title cartoon Director Author(s) script Production Designer Start of production
2015 «Krepost' (Fortress)» Fёdor Dmitriev Aleksander Boyarsky Oleg Markelov 2010
2016 «Урфин Джюс (Oorfene Juce)» Vladimir Toropchin Aleksander Boyarsky
Darina Shmidt
Anatolii Sokolov 2014
«Иван Царевич и Серый Волк 3 (Ivan Tsarevich and the Grey Wolf 3)» Vladimir Toropchin 2014

Serial cartoons[edit]

Title cartoon Start of production Information
ru:Приключения Лунтика и его друзей
Since August 2014 In production 8 season

Serial cartoons[edit]

Year Title cartoon Directed by of the animated series The main authors of the script (as at 2014) Production Designer Number of seasons Number of series
2005—present «Luntik»
ru:Приключения Лунтика и его друзей
Darina Shmidt Darina Shmidt
Fёdor Dmitriev
Elena Galdobina
Mariya Domogatskaya
Anna Sosnora
Alexandr Mal'gin
Svetlana Sachenko
Tatiana Gorbushina
Marina Komarkevich (1-2 seasons)
Tatiana Klein (2-6 seasons)
Irina Fёdorova (5-6 seasons)
Vita Tkachёva (7 seasons: series 2012)
Ekaterina Maksimenko (since 7 seasons)
7, in production 8 season 440+
2011—2012; 2014 «Barboskiny» Elena Galdobina Elena Galdobina
Fёdor Dmitriev
Anna Sosnora
Tatiana Gorbushina
Alexandra Shoha
Ludmila Steblyanko (1-100 series)
Alesya Barsukova (90-129 series)
Marina Makarova (since 130 series)
2 142

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