Voices from Russia

Sunday, 14 August 2011

14 August 2011. There’s Something About Honey that’s Makes a Bear Kinda Funny…

Editor’s Foreword:

After putting together the Honey Spas post above, it inspired me to find some more “bearish” stuff on honey… remember, “There’s something about honey that makes a bear kinda funny, especially when it’s time to eat”… and, “There’s bears in the gutter and be careful not to utter a sound that might disturb them” (from an old Fugs song, I believe). I also include some “Bear Vids”… including that Russian fave, Vinni-Pukh… who’s the Russian take on “Winnie the Pooh”… MUCH better. If you see Vinni once, you’ll NEVER watch Winnie again!

BMD

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This is Vinni-Pukh… our well-loved Russian version of Winnie the Pooh…

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“Vinni-Pukh rules! American Cartoons are turning our kids’ brains to mush!”

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Here’s the original Soviet-era Vinni-Pukh cartoon… dialogue in Russian… from the 70s… if you click the “cc” in the lower right-hand of the screen, you’ll get English subtitles…

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How’s this for a honey container?

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Bear to the rescue! Get outta his way… he DOESN’T look happy…

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The Seven Little Goats and the Wolf… the bear rescues them, natch… dialogue in Russian, from the 50s…

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Here’s Masha with apples… perfect for Yablochny Spas (“Apple Spas”… the popular name for the Transfiguration). I think that the image is actually for the “Day of Knowledge“… the first day of school on 1 September.

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Маша и медведь (Masha i medved)… Masha and the Bear… one of Russia’s more beloved cartoon characters (they appear on Спокойной ночи, малыши! (Good Night, kids)… its been on since 1964; all of Russia knows Dyadya Volodya and Tyotya Valya)… very little dialogue… VERY suitable for VERY little ones… this one’s about New Year‘s and how Masha and Mishka the Bear have to help Ded Moroz (Gran’pa Frost = Santa Claus)… Masha gets to be Snegurochka, Dede’s sidekick… sweet, and fitting for toddlers (and adults, too).

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How ’bout some more Masha and the Bear? They’re goin’ fishin’…

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“Where’s the honey? Don’t blame ME. Dontcha know, I’m allergic to sweet things…”

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