Vladimir Dmitrievich Degtyarev (January 18, 1916 - October 6, 1974) - Soviet filmmaker-animator, art director. Honored Artist of the RSFSR (1969). He was born on January 18, 1916 in Moscow. In 1937 he graduated from the Leningrad Art College. With the beginning of the Great Patriotic War, he was drafted to the front. In 1942 he became disabled: because of the injured, his right arm was amputated. He without exams was admitted to the VGIK at the Faculty of Art, which he graduated in 1948. In the process of learning, he learned how to draw and write with his left hand. In the same year he was enlisted in the staff of Soyuzmultfilm. He worked as an artist-director in the films of directors V. Gromov, M. Pashchenko, B. Dyozhkin and G. Filippov. Since 1953 - the director of painted and (mostly) large-scale films. He was among the founders of the "Creative Puppet Association" on "Soyuzmultfilm", where he put one of the first post-war puppet cartoons "Two greedy cubs" (1954). Collaborated with artists VP Danilevich, AP Kuritsyn and others, also often combined the duties of the director and the artist-director. He worked exclusively for the children's audience. Since 1956 he has repeatedly become a member of the artistic council of Soyuzmultfilm and the Khudsoleta of puppet films. He was a member of the College of Puppet Association Studio (1960), a member of the Commission for the development of the technological process for the production of a puppet film (1961). He died on October 6, 1974, on the rise of his creative career from an oncological disease that developed as a result of wounds received during the war, and he did not finish work on the last film-tale "Underground Flowers".