We all like cartoons, no matter how old we are, we all have a favorite that we enjoy in the privacy of our bedroom, or that we enjoy with our children, siblings, parents, even with our pet.
The cartoons often satirize the harsh reality in which we live or simply make us forget it. They invite us to laugh, to forget the pains, and to live a little more with that child that exists inside of us. Of course there are more raw cartoons and with a very high tone not suitable for children. But whatever it is, the fact that they exist is something amazing.
In Russia as in many other countries, there is a great multitude of drawings and traditional and popular animation shorts. Most of them created in the Soviet era possess a great social and artistic value amazing. They are the reflection of a society that, despite having been something more punished than usual, has never lost the desire to dream. That's why in this post we invite you to know the most famous cartoons of Russia and the great Soviet animation school.
The most famous cartoons of Russia
We can not make you a very long list of Russia's most famous cartoons since we would not finish today, but we could name you the best of them all. And when it comes to famous cartoons, Russia has many of them. Here we present the ones that for us are the best.
The Hunchbacked Horse
Let's start this list of the most famous cartoons in Russia with this beautiful children's classic by 1947. The Hunchbacked Horse, animated film directed by Iván Ivanov-Vano. It is based on a children's book written and illustrated in 1834 and tells the story of Ivan and his faithful little horse with whom he shares multiple adventures that include various stories based on Russian mythologies.
Chipolino is a creation of Boris Diozhkin and is based on another classic story for children, but this time by the writer and illustrator Gianni Rodari. Chipolino Tells the story of a child onion who does everything necessary to save his father after he took the blame for having stepped on the lemon prince, when in fact who did it was Chipolino. The story is a great touching adventure although sometimes it causes you to eat its protagonists.
Cheburashka and the Guena crocodile
The history of the Guena crocodile was developed in 1969 by Roman Kachánov, it is a great Russian classic. In fact it is considered a cult story for the whole Slavic country. If you go to travel to Russia You will most likely find all kinds of souvenirs with the image of its main characters that are Guena and Cheburashka. Also, the songs of these characters are already considered popular culture. Cheburashka is the most beloved character of traditional Russian animation and is an icon and symbol of Russia almost on the same level as the Russian doll Matrioshka herself.
Winnie the Pooh
Before you hit the cry to the sky saying that this is a British or Disney animation, it is worth noting that there was also a very good version of Winnie Pooh created by Fiódor Jitrúk in 1969 and that tells a pretty philosophical and good story of the characters and known by all. This series is constituted by only three episodes but it is highly recommended and with a lot of social value and Russian feeling. The animated series Winnie Pooh in Russian version is still a treasure to be discovered today.
You'll pay me!
This Russian animation is comprised of 20 very well elaborated episodes and tells the story of a wolf who chases a rabbit without rest to eat it. Of course his goal is never achieved and at the end of each episode we hear the wolf shout Rabbit, you will pay!
At the end of this post, perhaps we should say that this collection of the best cartoons in Russia, in reality, is only a symbolic and introductory show to the Russian and Soviet cult animation. Later we will deal with other pieces of this genre that also deserve to be on this list and it would be good to know them. Especially the ones that are studying Russian, the viewing of these cartoons can help you both in learning the language and in your own understanding of Russian culture and temperament.
And as for modern Russian animation, you already know that the undisputed monopoly and even worldwide has the great animated series Masha and the bear of which we have already spoken on other occasions.
Greetings to all and do not hesitate to leave your comments with your favorite cartoons!