Ukrainian Animation on the Margins of the Empire

The Case of Davyd Cherkas’kyi’s Adventure Trilogy


  • Olga Blackledge University of Pittsburgh



Davyd Cherkas’kyi, Ukraine, Kyivnaukfilm, animation, adventure literature, postcolonialism, postmodernism, cultural appropriation


Upon their release, the series Prikliucheniia kapitana Vrungelia / Pryhody kapitana Vrunhelia / The Adventures of Captain Wrongel (1976-1979, Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic), Doktor Aibolit / Likar Aibolyt’ / Dr Aibolit (1984-1985, Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic), and Ostrov sokrovishch / Ostriv skarbiv / Treasure Island (1986-1988, Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic) directed by Davyd Cherkas’kyi at the Ukrainian studio Kyivnaukfilm became instant Soviet animation classics. These three series were commissioned by the Creative Association “Ekran" for All-Union television broadcasting. They are adaptations of books about overseas adventures – a popular genre in the literature of colonial powers. Yet, by using multi-layered intermedial imagery, as well as fragmented narratives that change the mode of the literary works from romantic adventure to physical comedy, Cherkas’kyi creates a postmodernist hybrid site that invites multiple interpretations.




How to Cite

Blackledge, Olga. 2024. “Ukrainian Animation on the Margins of the Empire: The Case of Davyd Cherkas’kyi’s Adventure Trilogy”. Apparatus. Film, Media and Digital Cultures of Central and Eastern Europe, no. 18 (April).