Vladimir Yakovlevich Shainsky (December 12, 1925, Kiev, USSR - December 25, 2017, San Diego, California, USA) - Soviet and Russian composer, pianist, violinist, actor. People's Artist of the RSFSR (1986) . Laureate of the State Prize of the USSR (1981). Known as the author of many popular songs and songs for children, including music for cartoons about Cheburashka and Crocodile Genu. Since 1936 he studied violin at the music school, a ten-year school at the Kiev Conservatoire, but the Great Patriotic War that broke out broke up studies, and in 1941 the family was evacuated to Tashkent.