Boris Zhitomirsky

What is your name and your current occupation? 
My name is Boris Zhitomirsky and until recently my occupation was Interactive Designer in advertisement company. Now I am looking for another occupation to occupy.
What are some of the crazier jobs you had before getting into animation? 
At some point I was working in a Drama Theater as a stage designer and pretty soon started to spit out the pieces of my lungs after using all these high pressure sprays. No, no, no. It wasn’t the illegal graffiti at all. The only problem is that it was making me a little sick. Now I see it wasn’t actually the crazy job. That was a cool job.  The crazy job was to work in a hospital. I am not sure why but at some point I was accepted to the Med School and after spending a few years between reading the tons of books and cleaning after the sick people I got a license to treat them. And I did for a while. As a young Doctor I was working in Labour and Delivery unit, you see, and my personal record was 7 C-Sections in one night. That was crazy. I decided that after reaching this height in the Medical Field there is nothing else for me to do and promptly I took off. And live happily ever after!
What are some of your favorite projects you’re proud to have been a part of? 
Some people might find it not worthy, but I am kinda proud of being part of the team working on “The Adventures Of Chico and Guapo” ( for MTV2). Not sure why but we did only one season. Still, it was fun to work with many talented people.
Where are you from and how did you get into the animation business? 
I was born in USSR. That was a country before it became Russia. Now it is becoming USSR again. You might have heard of that country once or twice. So, when I was a little boy we had a black and white TV sets and only 2 channels. During the Summer time at 7:00 pm they were showing “Tom and Jerry”. I have no idea how the government of the USSR gave an approval to show the American Cartoons to the gentle Socialist kids. But we were internally great full for this opportunity to watch “the cat and mouse” and later on a playground to reenact it as well. I was 4 or 5 years old. And then I saw  “The 7th Voyage Of Sinbad”“ by Ray Harryhausen…I guess that’s when I realized that no matter what Siberian prison I might end up, but I want to be an animator.

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