At “Soyuzmultfilm” the song “Let them run awkwardly …” was called “the anthem of the birthday of every Soviet person.” Alexander Timofeevsky, who wrote her words, died at the age of 88
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Poet and screenwriter Alexander Timofeevsky died at the age of 88, reports TASS with reference to his widow Natalia. “He died this morning after a serious illness,” she said.
“I’m lying in the hospital to keep myself busy, I continue to exhibit eight lines from the book“ One hundred and eight lines and a naive Hamlet, ”wrote Timofeevsky himself in his last message on his Facebook page, which appeared on December 13.
Timofeevsky wrote several dozen collections of poems and books for children, was a laureate of various literary prizes. In particular, in 2020 his book “Cooking of the Feast Era” was awarded the “For the Good of the World” prize, and in 2017 he won the “Writer of the 21st Century” prize for the collection of poems “I was born here.”
Timofeevsky became famous for his work in animation, he was the author of the scripts for the animated films “At the Pike’s Command”, “Malachite Box”, “Stone Flower”, “Bibigon”, etc. However, the song of Gena the Crocodile (“Let them run awkwardly …”), for which Timofeevsky wrote the words, and Vladimir Shainsky wrote the music, won the real love of the people.
“Let them run awkwardly …” became the anthem for the birthday of every Soviet person. Surprisingly, this particular number within the framework of the Song of the Year concert was repeated for the first and almost the only time as an encore during a television recording, so great was the success, “wrote on his Facebook page, announcing the death of Timofeevsky, chief – editor of “Soyuzmultfilm” Sergey Kapkov.