On this day, March 7, in 1932, Vladimir Dakhno, a well-known Ukrainian animator, talented director and scriptwriter, was born in the city of Zaporozhye. He earned widespread fame with his extremely popular Cossacks animation series.


His unusual artistic talent caught the attention of famous animators Mark Draytsun and David Cherkassky. They offered Vladimir work in a new creative association of animated films at Kievnauchfilm studio, later succeeded by Ukranimafilm.


Working at the legendary Kievnauchfilm studio, Vladimir Dakhno created fifty-three animation projects, including the Cossacks series and the feature-length animation film Aeneid based on the poem of the same name by Ivan Kotlyarevsky.


The debut cartoon by Dakhno, Adventures of Pepper, came out in 1960. Later, the Cossacks animation series was released, which Vladimir helped to create both as director and scriptwriter. Dakhno worked on this project together with his close friend and colleague, animation artist Eduard Kirich. Altogether, nine short films were made, and the series quickly won extraordinary popularity. The characters of the animation series became the most recognizable Ukrainian cartoon characters – the three Cossacks grew into the epitome of the Ukrainian cultural code.


The most famous episode of the animation series is Cossacks Play Football, which was released in 1970. The national football team of Ukrainian Cossacks repeated to the last detail the way of Ukraine national team to Euro 2012. The set of teams and the match scores of the European Championship were predicted by director Vladimir Dakhno and artist Eduard Kirich with an incredible accuracy. How exactly they were able to do it remains a mystery.


In 1988, Vladimir Dakhno was awarded the Taras Shevchenko National Prize. Later, in 1996, he received the title of People's Artist of Ukraine.

To his last day the acknowledged master continued to do what he loved most – animation. Vladimir was one of those people who make history. He still remains an idol for young animators and artists who are just beginning to work in this time-consuming yet fascinating profession.


Baraban animation studio continued Dakhno’s work by starting production of a new 26-episode series about the adventures of the legendary characters. The project is led by People's Artist of Ukraine Eduard Kirich and producer Eduard Akhramovich. The viewers will be able to see the new series this June.

Photos from Vladimir Dakhno’s personal archive.

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