“One Cowboy, Two Cowboy”: 1981 Russian animated parody of American westerns

By on May 19, 2015

We’ve discovered this wonderful little Russian-made cartoon parody of the American western, dating back to 1981, and thought we’d share it with you. It was directed by Anatoly Reznikov, and written by Arkady Khait (1938-2000), an award-winning Russian satirist, comedian, songwriter and screenwriter.

Reznikov appears to have been active in Russian animation between 1971 and 1993, according to this Russian animation website, which includes a filmography for Mr. Reznikov’s films (curiously, One Cowboy, Two Cowboy was not listed!). You can spy that here.

Reznikov also directed the Leopold the Cat animated cartoon series, from 1975-1987, which was produced by Russia’s Studio Ekran, a TV film studio founded in 1968 for producing made-for-TV movies, mini-series and animated cartoons. The studio was re-organized in 1994, and made part of the Ostankino TV channel, and later shuttered. The Leopold the Cat series was co-written by Arkady Khait, who won several awards during his career, including the USSR State Prize “for works of literature and arts for children” (1985), the RSFSR State Prize (1990), and, in 1998, he was named People’s Artist of the Russian Federation.

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Reznikov, meanwhile, also authored several books starring Leopold the Cat, as well as a comic strip published in multilingual Soviet children’s magazine Misha (which appeared in English, French, Hungarian, German, Italian, Russian and Spanish during the 1970s and 1980s and contained articles and comic/picture stories based on folktales and novels).

We tried to find the accurate credits — and additional info to pass along — for One Cowboy, Two Cowboy, but, honestly, there isn’t much online about this one, and what little info we did find was in Russian, and on cached web pages that are no longer active. Here’s what we think are accurate credits: The voice artist was Andrei Mironov. The Art Director was Vyacheslav Nazaruk. The cameraman was Ernest Gaman, music & sound was provided by Nelly Kudrina and B. Saveliev, and the animators were Boris Tuzanovich, V. Tokmakov, Konstantin Romanenko, and V. Sporykhin.

If you’ve got any information to share with us, feel free to leave a comment here on Night Flight!

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BONUS:

Reznikov also directed The Imp With A Bushy Tail (1985) , which was based on O. Henry’s short story “The Ransom of Red Chief”. Have a look:

About Bryan Thomas

Bryan Thomas has been a freelancing writer/critic for All Music Guide, and a contributor to Launch, Music Connection, Big Takeover and numerous other publications and entertainment websites, blogs and zines, most of them long gone. He's written more than sixty sets of liner notes. He’s also worked for over twenty years at mostly reissue record labels -- prior to that he worked in bookstores and record stores, going all the way back to the original vinyl daze. He lives in the Miracle Mile neighborhood of Los Angeles, CA.
  • http://sobieniak.blogspot.com/ Chris Sobieniak

    Just found out about this site, and I’m glad to see REAL information and context set up for this short film! I could never get that over at another network’s revamped version of a show I saw back in the 90’s. Keep up the great work!

  • Bryan

    Tell your friends!

  • http://sobieniak.blogspot.com/ Chris Sobieniak

    Assuming they want to stay up til 5 in the morning on this. ;-)