Mykyta’s desire to be involved in filmmaking, and particularly animation, started when he was just eight years old. He was spending summer with his grandmother. Since there was no Internet then, the director was waiting for Soviet cartoons about Cheburashka (also known as "Topple" in earlier English translations - a character in children's literature from a 1966 story by Soviet writer Eduard Uspensky) to be shown on TV. It was 1991, the year when Ukraine became an independent country, therefore all the restrictions concerning censorship which were normal in USSR, were eliminated and new cinema content from abroad began to penetrate into Ukrainian television. Mykyta says: “I clicked through the channels and waited for the cartoons to begin, but instead there was a strange film, partly animated. I remember one scene from it: Two flowers rubbing against each other that looked like female genitals. It was curious and disgusting at the same time.” Only ten years later the director realized that it was The Wall, the eleventh studio album by English rock band Pink Floyd. It was Mykyta’s first encounter with independent animation and he believes that this incident strongly influenced his life and led him to become part of this art.