Having inherited the talent from his father, who was a plastic artist, a sculptor and a caricaturist, Ion Popescu-Gopo manifested at an early age a proclivity for plastic arts as a life path. When he was barely 20 years old, he collaborated with humoristic magazines, doing drawings, caricature work and cartoons. It was also then that he militated for the creation of an animation division within the ONC (National Film Office). In the mid-forties he made a name for himself as a draftsman for the daily paper "România liberă". He attended an intensive course at the "Soiuzmultfilm" Studio in Moscow, after which he became head of the animation department of the Bucharest Film Studio, the nucleus of the future “Animafilm”.