Kikoriki. The Legend of the Golden Dragon

About project

  • Genre: adventure comedy
  • Format: 3D CGI stereoscopic
  • Length: 80 min
  • Audience: family
  • Production: Petersburg animation studio
  • Release: 17 March 2016 (Russia)
  • Producers: Ilya Popov, Fyodor Bondarchuk, Dmitry Rudovsky


The lovably simple residents of peaceful Kikoriki Island are thrown kicking and screaming into big adventure, when their resident scientist invents an amazing device – a helmet called “the Improverizor”, which takes personality traits from one person and swaps them with traits of someone else. When spineless young Wally tries to use the untested device to cure his cowardice, he ends up even more spineless –
by getting accidentally body-switched with a squirmy little caterpillar. Now he has even more to fear than he could have ever imagined, and so do his fellow villagers, as they’re dragged into a madcap adventure packed with plane crashes, mistaken identities, erupting volcanoes and angry primitives on the warpath. Boy, do the Kikoriki crew wish they could switch place now - with anyone!

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Interesting facts

For Universal Pictures Russia, a major company, the film was the first experience of working with Russian animation production.
The main character of the film in the original script was Dokko, not Wally.
There are more than 1000 scenes in the film.
One of the storylines in the film is a reflection of the film director, Denis Chernov's reminiscence; he got lost once in the jungles of Thailand and was trying to find his way out of the bamboo forest for five hours.
4 new characters appeared in the film – Lara, Diesel, Cheif and Rapid, and also a whole tribe of Chameleons.
Russian famous actors Dmitry Nagiev and Garik Kharlamov gave their voices to new characters of the film.
The creative team paid special attention to textures, locations and the characters, so Petersburg animation studio now has special «fur artists» on board.
The main location of the film are the jungles with enormous amount of leaves, so the creative team had to develop a special software for generating leaves on screen. As a result, each tree in the film is unique.
Film composers, Marina Landa and Sergey Vasiliev used the ethnic instruments in music, such as drums, pipes, traditional African instruments, which have never been used in Kikoriki soundtracks before.
Film-composers had to record the voices of the artists from Petersburg Animation Studio for several hundreds of aboriginal characters, which appear in the film.
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