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Rumen Petkov (Bulgarian: Румен Петков; 26 January 1948 – 11 June 2018) was a Bulgarian animatorpainter and comic creator. He is best remembered for his animated series Choko the Stork and Boko the Frog, and his animated feature film Muzyka's Mansion, which he also adapted into a comic strip.[3] His influence spawned a new generation of young Bulgarian comics artists, such as Vladimir Nedialkov, Koko Sarkisian, Ivan Kirjakov, Sten Damyanov, and others.

Career

Petkov was one of the main artists of the comics magazine Duga ("Rainbow"), which was the most popular comics magazine for several generations of Bulgarian children. His series The Adventures of Choko the Stork and Boko the Frog was popular in Bulgaria during the 1970s and 1980s. Other famous animated films he directed are Friends of Gosho the ElephantTreasure Planet, Muzyka's Mansion, etc. He won the Grand Prize at the Ottawa Animation Festival and the Palme d'Or for Best Short at the 1985 Cannes Film Festival.

In the 1990s, Petkov worked as a writer, storyboard artist, animation director and director on some episodes of Johnny BravoDexter's LaboratoryCow and ChickenI Am WeaselThe New Woody Woodpecker Show and other series. He said about animation: "Animation will never die because it's like music, because it's like running with the wind, because it's funny."

Work

Theatrical animated films

Comics

  • The Adventures of Choko the Stork and Boko the Frog

Animated television specials

  • It's Flashbeagle, Charlie Brown (1984)--additional animator
  • Happy New Year, Charlie Brown! (1986)--animator
  • Snoopy: The Musical (1988)--animator
  • Why, Charlie Brown, Why? (1990)--animator
  • You're in the Super Bowl, Charlie Brown (1994)--animator
  • It Was My Best Birthday Ever, Charlie Brown (1997)--animator
  • Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer (2000)--sheet timer
  • Tom and Jerry Blast Off to Mars! (2005)--animation and timing director
  • Hey Arnold: The Jungle Movie! (2017)--animation director

Animated television series

  • Garfield and Friends (1991-1992)
  • Aaahh!!! Real Monsters (1994-1997)
  • Dexter's Laboratory (1996-2003)
  • Duckman (1994-1997)
  • Johnny Bravo (1997-2004)
  • Cow and Chicken (1997-1999)
  • I Am Weasel (1997-2000)
  • The Powerpuff Girls (1998-2005)
  • Mike, Lu and Og (1999-2000)
  • The New Woody Woodpecker Show (1999-2002)
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