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It was a Saturday morning tradition in my youth. My sister and I would awake early, run to the couch, and sit there for hours in our pajamas watching cartoons. What a relief for our parents! We were quiet, and they could sleep in. :) My favorite was "The Smurfs." These blue creatures were always on some spooky adventure, and I loved it. There was mystery, humor, intrigue, and even a female vixen who constantly distracted the male Smurfs. Feminists hate this imaginary blue seductress, and they created a popular theory called "The Smurfette Principle," which criticizes the way females are typically portrayed in cartoons. You can read about it here. To some extent I agree. I strongly dislike the classic Disney princess stories, where the helpless female is sitting around waiting for an imaginary prince to rescue her. Modern day Disney cartoons are much better, and the idea of a "princess" has evolved to include not only a beautiful woman, but a smart one also, with strong, charismatic personality traits.

Today, a reader sent me a Ukrainian folk cartoon, and I remember watching clips of Soviet cartoons on YouTube with macos during his first visit to the U.S. He introduced me to "Hedgehog in the Fog" and others. I fell in love with this adorable, fluffy character "Чебура́шка." :)

What's your favorite Soviet cartoon?


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chuk_and_gek
Sep. 25th, 2015 06:10 pm (UTC)

https://youtu.be/SXakMmN5QlE (https://youtu.be/SXakMmN5QlE)

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j1980
Sep. 25th, 2015 03:53 pm (UTC)
Их слишком много самых разных, чтоб что-то выделять. Но я больше любил рисованные. И с юмором, чтоб. Вот например "Остров Сокровищ".
sergechel
Sep. 25th, 2015 04:04 pm (UTC)
this one is really good
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rider3099
Sep. 25th, 2015 03:57 pm (UTC)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HizwOPY79-s
My favorite is Kid and Carlson (not sure I translated the title properly)
peacetraveler22
Sep. 27th, 2015 03:25 pm (UTC)
Thanks, Olga! This seems to be a favorite among many readers. What cartoons does your granddaughter watch?
moxel
Sep. 25th, 2015 03:57 pm (UTC)

)))
dorli87
Sep. 25th, 2015 04:18 pm (UTC)
One of the best)) But it will be difficult to understand for foreigners maybe. I like song from this cartoon. Incredible voice.
All Armenian cartoons from this series are super)

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moskitow
Sep. 25th, 2015 04:00 pm (UTC)
My favorite is about Karlson that lived on the roof. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9eiqer5W9ME
I love the line when the boy asks his mom:"When my brother grew up,get married then die, do I have to marry my brother's wife?" and his mom is like: "Why do you think so?" And the boy says:"Well, I'm always wearing his old pj-s, skates, bike....and everything else..."
peacetraveler22
Sep. 27th, 2015 03:30 pm (UTC)
Very funny line! It's so amusing the things that come out of kids' mouths! :)) My nephew constantly amazes me with his logic and strange questions.
beloborodoff
Sep. 25th, 2015 04:02 pm (UTC)
Best soviet cartoon series is Ну Погоди ! Line Tom and Jerry but wolf and hare instead. Also I dont think it was so many silent cartoons.
peacetraveler22
Sep. 27th, 2015 03:31 pm (UTC)
Yes, I've seen it. I think it's definitely one of the most popular and well-known.
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marina_nif
Sep. 26th, 2015 06:45 am (UTC)
Re: Каникулы в Простоквашино
me too!
sergechel
Sep. 25th, 2015 04:06 pm (UTC)
these series also was really popular

peacetraveler22
Sep. 27th, 2015 03:54 pm (UTC)
Cool, thanks! It's amazing to see how animation has changed over time. However, theanimation progress in Russia hasn't yet caught up to the rest.
kremlin_curant
Sep. 25th, 2015 04:10 pm (UTC)
Nu pogodi (have no idea what is it in English) is the best.
Most of the Russian cartoons are not silent.
f_l_o_e
Sep. 25th, 2015 04:11 pm (UTC)
Russian Winnie-the-Pooh.
elinelisky
Sep. 25th, 2015 04:29 pm (UTC)
+ 100! ))
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peacetraveler22
Sep. 27th, 2015 03:32 pm (UTC)
What do your kids watch? Russian or Western cartoons?
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exnadya
Sep. 25th, 2015 04:16 pm (UTC)
Винни Пух, Чебурашка, Простоквашино
peacetraveler22
Sep. 27th, 2015 03:33 pm (UTC)
Привет! Спасибо.
pin_gwin
Sep. 25th, 2015 04:23 pm (UTC)
Контакат (no Russian required), from old ones
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=citTQLOWiVo

Mitten ( Варежка) - almost no Russian
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yPmfF76JmrY

Modern -Машенька и Медведь... and Масяня.
peacetraveler22
Sep. 27th, 2015 03:35 pm (UTC)
I love bears! So, the last one is especially cute. :)
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zhang_fei
Sep. 25th, 2015 04:25 pm (UTC)
The best things in Soviet cartoons were, probably, music and songs. Like this one, about musicians from Bremen, which I also had on vinyl, and could listen to it all day long when I was little.



There was a strong female character - Alice Seleznyova, from books by Kyr Bulychev and cartoon "Mystery of the third planet". She was a badass schoolgirl from future, who is often times smarter and wiser than her dad, a famous cosmozoologist, and his scientist buddies.


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peacetraveler22
Sep. 27th, 2015 03:35 pm (UTC)
Yes! I know her. I think every Soviet boy had a crush on this character. :)
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maksipes
Sep. 25th, 2015 04:28 pm (UTC)
I have a question for you - What's your favorite American cartoon?
peacetraveler22
Sep. 25th, 2015 06:11 pm (UTC)
Dora the Explorer! :)
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