On June 1, International Day for Protection of Children, the flagship of modern Russian animation, the Kikoriki project, turned 15 years old. The President of Russia, Vladimir Putin, congratulated the project’s creative team on its anniversary.
Officially congratulating the project’s creators, the President stated, “It is symbolic that on June 1 of this year on International Day for Protection of Children, the Kikoriki project is celebrating 15 since its launch. Since then, the Kikoriki have become some of the most important favorite characters in modern animation. Their sincerity and kindness have won the hearts of millions of viewers, not only in Russia but far beyond its borders as well.”
Vladimir Putin pointed out the professionalism of the project’s creators, the relevance of the issues presented, and their role in educating children as well as the project team’s continuation of Russia’s animation traditions. “And, of course, I value the great professionalism of the project’s creative team and its active participation in key charitable, educational, and awareness-raising initiatives. Such large-scale, multifaceted work deserves respect and support. I wish you continued success and all the best in the future.”
We recall that the Kikoriki project began in 2003. Since then, more than 70 hours of the animated adventures of the Kikoriki have been produced. They have been translated into 30 languages. In addition, three feature films have been released: Kikoriki: Team Invincible, Kikoriki. Legend of the Golden Dragon and Kikoriki. Deja Vu.
In Petersburg Animation Studio more than 150 unique specialists have been continuously working to create animation of the highest quality. The Studio, which is named “Petersburg”, is one of the oldest in Russia. Several dozen countries around the world have acquired the rights to show the Kikoriki feature films.
The fifteen years that have passed since the project’s launch have seen many successes such as a number of Russian and international awards, maximum worldwide distribution, particular popularity in China. There has also been a change in the external appearance of the heroes themselves: initially created in 2D, they have become more three-dimensional and more “furry”. And the quality of the animation in the feature films about these round characters now is on a par with that of leading world studios.