Cheburashka represents a great part of the good humor, creativity and affection that characterizes the Russians, because it is a small and nice russian character who came from the tropics and was baptized with that name, becoming part of Russian culture.
In the form of stuffed animal, as in clothing, this animal that has also been the image of the russian olympic team On several occasions, he has traveled around the world and has become a symbol of the high human values that distinguish the Russian people.
Where does the name of Cheburashka come from?
The story of where the name of this character comes from a children's book created in 1965 by Eduard Uspenski, Russian writer specializing in children's literature and who died in August of 2018.
Although Uspenski was the creator of many children's books and scripts for more than 60 cartoon series in more than 20 languages, his fame is due to the creation of this little animal that now symbolizes Russia.
The hairy character from the moment he made himself known through the children's book, enchanted by his charisma and candor.
However, the popularity of this Russian animated character is increased is from 1968 with the creation of the animated series.
Despite how brief these were cartoon short films (just four) the name of this little animal fell within Russian society.
This nice character It has transcended Russian borders and has become popular in countries such as Japan, where animated films were shown at the 2001 and 2002, and seen by more than 1,000 spectators.
The success of this Russian children's character is such that his films were included in the Ghibli Museum Library of Japan.
How was the animated character of Cheburashka born?
History narrates that a curious animal arrived in a grocery store, inside a basket of oranges, that had no resemblance to any other acquaintance.
This cute little animal with the appearance of a monkey and bear, was baptized by the store manager as CHEBURASHKA, which is pronounced in Russian as Cheburashka.
Specifically, it is a Russian expression that means fall crashingly, because the curious little animal could not stand up without falling heavily.
This expression, is now so popular that it serves to describe how many things are spectacular, have huge ears or so unique appearance that it is difficult to classify or name it.
However, beyond the linguistic appropriation that resulted in the creation of this character, the importance of this nice character it is a great part of the values that it helped to forge in several Russian generations.
What are the values transmitted by the sympathetic character of Cheburashka?
This nice furry little animal with big eyes when it started appearing in cartoons attracted many because of the goodness it radiated.
Also, the image of this character involves great feelings such as friendship and solidarity.
For example, in the first cartoon where it appeared ("The Guena crocodile") at 1969, showed love to honest work and companionship.
In this first creation he knows precisely the Gator crocodile, who is also as kind as he is and helps him to get a job that makes him happy.
In the following animations ("Cheburáshka", "Shapokliyák" and "Cheburáshka goes to school") together with his friend Guéna, he fights against the evils of Shapokliyak, an old woman who carries the Lariska rat as a pet in a bag.
Chapter 1 of the animated series of the Crocodile Guéna and Cheburáshka (Part 1 and 2)
The importance of Cheburashka within Russian culture
This character with similarities to a child of 5 years, transmits with naivety and innocence all those values that speak of the best of a society.
With his magical attraction he put the children's song in fashion "What a pity that the birthday is only once a year".
The first short film by cartoon also raises the issue of prejudices that are caused by ignorance, because the small animal not to be considered as a bear, elephant, monkey or other known animal is not accepted at the zoo.
However, it also reveals that in the face of adversity there is friendship and the desire to do good, as when he becomes friends with the crocodile Guéna, who supports him in his desire to get a job that would make him smile again.
Consequently, when you go to Russia do not hesitate to get a Cheburashka for your return trip, because with the image of this Russian animated character not only you will be wearing an icon of Russian culture but also a sample of the special attention that Russian society provides to high human values. If you do not have patience to get to Russia and get one of them, you can buy an Original Cheburashka in the Russian store of Russian Lover.
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