Alexandra Snezhko-Blotskaya

Alexandra Gavrilovna Snezhko-Blotskaya (Russian: Александра Гавриловна Снежко-Блоцкая, 21 February 1909 in Volchansk, Russian Empire – 29 December 1980 in Moscow Oblast, Soviet Union) was a Soviet animated film director. She was a longtime collaborator with Ivan Ivanov-Vano.


Snezhko-Blotskaya was born in Volchansk near Kharkov (modern Ukraine), before her family moved to Shatura, near Moscow. There she graduated from art studios of Ivan Rerberg and Ilya Mashkov.

Snezhko-Blotskaya started her film career as designer for Soyuzkinokhronika in 1932. Since 1936, she became a constant collaborator and aide to Ivan Ivanov-Vano, a patriarch of Russian animation. Snezhko-Blotskaya participated as a co-director in many of his films including famous The Humpbacked Horse and The Snow Maiden. Her first solo feature-length film was The Enchanted Boy (1955), based on The Wonderful Adventures of Nils by Selma Lagerlöf.

Most of Snezhko-Blotskaya's films were fantasy based on folk tales and books by authors like Alexander Pushkin and Rudyard Kipling. In the 1970s she directed a series of five animated shorts based on Greek mythology.

Snezhko-Blotskaya died in 1980 at the age of 71 at her home in Zheleznodorozhny, Moscow Oblast.


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