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TheArsenal
2010-12-24, 07:28 AM
I was born in Boston But I live in Kyiv Ukriane (Sort of the Canada of The USA). Thus I know ALOT of Cartoons and stuff from Russia and im here to tell of a few cartoons that I love best from The USSR

1: For all Disney Fans TO YOUR STATIONS! There is a Russian "Winnie The Pooh". Not just a Crappy Translation but a separate cartoon with an entirely different drawing style. Worth to track down just for Seeing the animation.

2: There is a Russian "Tom and Jerry". Its called (In Rough Translation) "Il get you" but that is an ABYSMAL TRANSLATION. Anyway the cartoon is about a Wolf and A Rabit and it sort of establishes a completely different feel from T&J. It has less slapstick and a slightly more serious (Sort of) approach to the shtick. It sort of follows doing stuff to music instead of lots of Slapstick (So running away from an avalanche would be done to a tune). I doubt you'd get it but Anyway.

3: Captian Vrungel" is one of my favorite cartoons EVER! It Follows an overarching story so here it is: A worldwide race is organized by a boating comity and so it follows the adventures of Captian Vrungel and His Shipmate. The thing that sets off the entire story is that at first he names his boat Victory (Pobeda in Russian) and sing a little song (A Good one) mentioning however you call your ship that is how it will float (Thus the name) but accidentaly two letters fall off the ship (Beda With meens Trouble like: "Beda the House is on Fire!") and Thus wacky Hijinks ensue. But soon the whole thing turns into a conspiracy to "steal an Statue, Mafioso, A secret agent (Who Dies 5 Times and Flies a Helicopter Dog...Yes Literally), Volcanoes , and a (Temporarily) Squirel Powered Ship...
Sound Cool? Then TRACK IT DOWN! ITS WORTH IT! Now the Animation is...Good in my opinion but I Think you might be turned off by the use of Puppet Animation (Not PUPPETS, but umm just watch it to find out)

Get A translator and Good Luck to thee all.

Serpentine
2010-12-24, 08:09 AM
"I'll Get You" sounds a bit more like various Loony Tunes shows than Tom & Jerry - Wile E. Coyote and Roadrunner, for example.
I have a feeling I've seen some Russian cartoons, but I could just have this idea of "Russian style" and have seen some others in that style.

TSGames
2010-12-24, 08:36 AM
Yes, Vinnie Puh. I love this cartoon! It is very different from the American version, and much funnier. Here (https://vista.utulsa.edu/webct/urw/lc23652.tp0/cobaltMainFrame.dowebct) is a link to a good episode.

"I'll Get You" sounds a bit more like various Loony Tunes shows than Tom & Jerry - Wile E. Coyote and Roadrunner, for example.
I have a feeling I've seen some Russian cartoons, but I could just have this idea of "Russian style" and have seen some others in that style.
From what I've seen, Tom and Jerry isn't a bad comparison. If nothing else, the animation style kind of reminds me of that show. However, I don't think it's *quite* as silly as Roadrunner, and the rabbit usually does not seem to know it is being chased.

I have not seen the third cartoon you mention, but I may look into it.

I know we are discussing cartoons, but I am surprised! There is no mention of that cute character, Cheburashka (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JhPSAvZaujk). He is possibly the cutest character of all time, and his series is one of the funniest children's series ever made. I would definitely recommend watching it.

Spiryt
2010-12-24, 08:41 AM
Nu zajec, pagadi!

TheArsenal
2010-12-24, 09:07 AM
I know we are discussing cartoons, but I am surprised! There is no mention of that cute character, Cheburashka (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JhPSAvZaujk). He is possibly the cutest character of all time, and his series is one of the funniest children's series ever made. I would definitely recommend watching it.

The Reason is its because I thought that the forumites wouldn't get the Cartoon.

Draz74
2010-12-24, 11:22 AM
I know we are discussing cartoons, but I am surprised! There is no mention of that cute character, Cheburashka (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JhPSAvZaujk). He is possibly the cutest character of all time, and his series is one of the funniest children's series ever made. I would definitely recommend watching it.

It would be worthwhile to watch the (unfortunately cut-short) entire series just for the couple of songs Gena the Crocodile sings. The Birthday Song ("Pust begut (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=blypORq3HMc&NR=1) ...") and Blue Wagon (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V-TithD7izM) are both brilliant pieces that have become almost folk music classics even though they've only been around ~50 years. Fun lyrics, very catchy minor-key melodies that sound very Russian.

All the other good stuff in the cartoon, like the titular character himself, is just icing on the cake as far as I'm concerned.

Trixie
2010-12-25, 07:25 PM
Nu zajec, pagadi!

Ja cię jeszcze dopadnę!

There was a translation, you know.

By the way, OP, if you're goin to mention Russian animation, why not mention the best?

Coidzor
2010-12-25, 07:33 PM
Ja cię jeszcze dopadnę!

There was a translation, you know.

By the way, OP, if you're goin to mention Russian animation, why not mention the best?

Why don't you mention the best? :smallconfused:

So... What is the best?

Trixie
2010-12-25, 08:12 PM
Why don't you mention the best? :smallconfused:

So... What is the best?

Why? No one heard about them anyway, and they might be difficult to appreciate now due to age, language, and not being all colorful and flashy. Not as clumsy and random as a... modern animation.

Take Jurij Norsztein [Yuriy Norshteyn] - he is Russian animator/director who does everything by hand, without computers. To put his work into perspective, let's say modern animation has 2-5 "layers" - characters, fore- and background, most often, animated separately. Norsztein uses one to three dozen layers, and every one of his short movies took years to complete. Let's just say his life work, on which he works in his spare time, is in production since 1981 and hasn't been completed yet. Had he been born elsewhere, it's possible he would have several lions or oscars by now.

See Jeźyk w tumanie [hedgehog in the fog] (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dRsXU4Q6a0Q), for example.

This is but one of the examples.

Flickerdart
2010-12-25, 11:05 PM
A closer translation of "Nu, Pogodi!" would be "Just You Wait!".

If we're mentioning stuff in general then "Seventeen Moments of Spring" definitely qualifies. It's basically James Bond if James Bond wasn't bad at being a spy, and also with Nazis. There's also a vast array of jokes about this TV series.

The Russian series of Sherlock Holmes was said by the Queen of England to be the best European rendition of the subject matter, and has also spawned lots of jokes. Naturally, the Brits don't consider themselves part of Europe, but still.

"Ivan Vasielivich Changes Professions" is a movie about an inventor of a time machine that accidentally switches Ivan the Terrible with a cat burglar and his superintendent. Hilarity ensues.

Unfortunately, all of the good stuff is also old.

Don Julio Anejo
2010-12-26, 02:45 AM
*Punches self for seeing this thread two days ago and not posting in it, seeing as I'm actually from Kiev and these cartoons, along with Transformers, were my childhood.*

Captain Vrungel is my favourite cartoon of all time. Actually, the entire thing is available on youtube.
Episode 1, subbed (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kEgsP7kh0eI)
Episode 1 (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w9evWShXtDY) No subs but this version has higher quality.
Gangster song (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e4xzwrcCW1g&feature=related) - an absolutely brilliant song describing the glamour and lifestyle of Italian gangsters
Agent Double-Oh-X song (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y8DvskCb-K4&feature=related) - an awesome parody of James Bond. Includes the helicopter dog.

Another movie very much worth checking out - Gentlemen of Fortune (Джентельмены Удачи). A group of thugs steal Alexander the Great's helmet from an archaeological dig. They do get caught, but not before managing to hide it somewhere. The police (well, militsia) want to recover this priceless relic but the thugs aren't cracking. Well, it so happens that the gang leader has a look-alike in the soft-spoken and gentle daycare educator (main character). So.. they get him to stand in and pretend to be the leader to get the other thugs to tell him where they hid the helmet.

Hilarity ensues.

They might be difficult to appreciate now due to age, language, and not being all colorful and flashy.
Actually many of the old Russian cartoons are stylized in a similar way to a lot of modern Arthouse. If you like that stuff and aren't offput by the language, you'll love them.

PS: I think a more apt description of Ukraine would be as Ireland to Russia's UK or Quebec to the rest of Canada as the USSR.

TheArsenal
2010-12-26, 04:49 AM
*Punches self for seeing this thread two days ago and not posting in it, seeing as I'm actually from Kiev and these cartoons, along with Transformers, were my childhood.*

Captain Vrungel is my favourite cartoon of all time. Actually, the entire thing is available on youtube.
Episode 1, subbed (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kEgsP7kh0eI)
Episode 1 (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w9evWShXtDY) No subs but this version has higher quality.
Gangster song (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e4xzwrcCW1g&feature=related) - an absolutely brilliant song describing the glamour and lifestyle of Italian gangsters
Agent Double-Oh-X song (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y8DvskCb-K4&feature=related) - an awesome parody of James Bond. Includes the helicopter dog.


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