In 1968, animation director Vyacheslav Kotenochkin did not even imagine that the cartoon "Well, wait!" will turn into a series of 18 episodes. He was just offered to shoot a video on the theme "You can not offend the little ones." According to the plot, the insidious Wolf hunts for the Hare, and he originally avoids cunning traps. Everything had to be limited to one series.
But the 10-minute cartoon became so popular in the country that they decided to continue the story of the Hare and the Wolf. It is interesting that Vladimir Vysotsky was supposed to voice the Wolf. He was not approved "above", therefore, the Wolf spoke in the voice of Anatoly Papanov.
In 1973, they decided to close the popular animated series due to the fact that the screenwriter Felix Kamov left the USSR and left for permanent residence in Israel. "Wait for it!" became a victim of politics. But, the case helped. In the same year, Alexei Papanov was awarded the title "People's Artist of the USSR". At the ceremony, Nikolai Podgornov, who at that time held the post of Chairman of the Presidium of the Supreme Soviet of the USSR, asked when the next episode of the cartoon, which his grandchildren love so much, will be released. Papanov replied that the favorite cartoon of Soviet children was no longer filmed. With the personal participation of Podgorny, Goskino continued work on "Well, wait a minute!"
Anatoly Papanov (Wolf) and Clara Rumyantseva (Hare) voice the cartoon
Soviet viewers saw 17 episodes of the cartoon, it all ended in August 1987, when Papanov died. True, after the collapse of the USSR, attempts were made to revive the legend of Soviet animation. In 1994, episode 18 came out. Moreover, the Wolf was voiced again by Papanov: the studio has preserved recordings of his voice from previous episodes.
Two more episodes, 19 and 20, were released in 2005 and 2006. The director was the son of Vyacheslav Kotenochkin, Alexey. The wolf was voiced by the parodist Igor Khristenko, and the Hare, instead of Clara Rumyanova, by Olga Zvereva. However, everyone admitted that the new releases are only a faint resemblance to the past, still Soviet, series.
The characters of the animated series were popular not only on the screen. They often decorated the covers of notebooks, packaging with stationery. There were even openers for "Wolf with a Guitar" and "Hare with a Guitar." And at the end of the eighties, the electronic game "Well, wait!" Was very popular in the USSR.
Several years ago, the cartoon "Well, wait!" could be banned. After all, the Wolf smoked and drank in it, therefore, the cartoon could fall into the "18+" category with the right to broadcast only late in the evening. But, the country's chief sanitary doctor, Gennady Onishchenko, said in an interview that negative characters can behave this way.