Natan Oziasovich Lerner (December 30, 1932, Baku - October 20, 1993, Moscow) - Soviet and Russian production designer and animation director, screenwriter. Born in Baku in the family of Ozias Moiseevich Lerner and Rebekah Isaakovna Lerner. After graduating in 1953 from the Moscow Regional Art School named. In 1905, he studied for two years at the V. Surikov State Art Institute in Moscow, then transferred to the art department of the All-Russian State Institute of Cinematography, which he graduated in 1959. Received a specialty artist animation film. Since 1960 - art director of the film studio "Soyuzmultfilm". Working with leading Soviet directors such as Mikhail and Vera Tsekhanovsky (Fox, Beaver and Others (1960) and the full-length cartoon Wild Swans (1962), Efim Hamburg (Spy Passions (1967) and Origin of the Species (1966)) and others, passed the best school of animation. He made his debut as a director at the studio “Tajikfilm”, where in 1972 he staged the film “Affidand, Donkey and Thieves” . From 1973 he worked at the “Multtelefilm” studio in the Creative Association “Ekran”. The first directorial work on the new studio immediately brought success with colleagues and popularity with the audience. These were two episodes of the miniseries “The Adventures of Munchhausen” previously launched on “Multtelefilm” - Apt Shot (1973) and Peacock (1974). In the early 1980s, Nathan Lerner became fascinated with the creation of puppet films and achieved remarkable success. The best film of Lerner of these years, "The Devil number 13". Alexander Kurland, Arkady Khait, Eduard Uspensky, Lyudmila Petrushevskaya, Marina Vishnevetskaya wrote scripts especially for him.