GenreAnimation, Short, Family Duration CountrySoviet Union
DirectorRoman Abelevich Kachanov WriterEduard Uspensky, Roman Kachanov Release date1969 Initial releaseFebruary 25, 1978 (Finland) CharactersCheburashka, Gena the Crocodile, Shapoklyak, Salesman, Galya CastVasily Livanov (Gena the Crocodile), Klara Rumyanova (Cheburashka), Vladimir Rautbart (Shapoklyak), Vladimir Kenigson (Salesman), Tamara Dmitrieva (Galya) Similar moviesPaperman, Pacific Rim, Home Makeover, The Artist, Get a Horse!, Presto
Gena the Crocodile (Russian: Крокодил Гена, Krokodil Gena) is a 1969 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.
This film became popular in the Soviet Union and spawned three sequels.
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