Voices from Russia

Thursday, 6 April 2017

6 April 2017. Today is the World Day of Animation… Greetings from the Evil Empire!


Some of the most iconic Sov-era multifilm characters are in the above image. In the centre, of course, is Kot Leopold (Leopold the Cat)… there’s also the Wolf and the Hare from Nu Pogodi (Just You Wait)… Krokodil Gena (Gena the Crocodile) and Cheburashka… the Bremen Town Musicians… just to name a few. The standard of Soviet animation was very high… perhaps, better on average than that found in the USA. There was no profit motive involved, therefore, the artistic standards came first, not commercial greed…

Now, what was Potapov saying about the evil empire? It looks like he misidentified it… yes… its capital is on the banks of the Potomac…



Friday, 24 June 2016

24 June 2016. Leopold the Cat on the Unity of Holy Rus

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Leopold the Cat is one of the most beloved Sov-era multifilm characters. He’s as much a part of Russian visual culture as Taz and Bugs Bunny are in the USA. The original text used the word дпужно (druzhno), which has strong overtones of “friendship”, as “together” and “friendship” in Russian have common building-blocks. That is, дпужно implies much more than “togetherness” to a Russian, it brings up images of fraternity and brotherhood, due to its similarity to the word for “friendship”. So, it’s not “let’s live together”… it’s closer to “let’s live as one”, so that’s the rendering I chose to bring the meaning home to an English-speaker.


Friday, 1 March 2013

1 March 2013. It’s International Cat Day in Russia! Stroke Your Feline Friends Today…

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Seeing as it’s International Cat Day, how ’bout a vid of Leopold the Cat (his catchphrase is, “Let’s live in friendship, guys” (Ребята, давайте жить дружно: Rebyata, davaite zhit druzhno), one of Russia’s most beloved multifilm characters?


Today is International Cat Day in Russia. Rather than give you a rehash, click here for an excellent RIA-Novosti photo essay on our furry friends. We have two of the little furbies (our tomcat, Poochie, died late last year… he’s still missed) ourselves. They brighten up our lives… as they brighten up yours, no doubt. Give your cat a hug… it’s their day!



Thursday, 17 December 2009

Leopold the Cat and His Yolka

This shows Leopold the Cat, a beloved cartoon character from Soviet times


Hmm… if we show the cat… well, here’s the mice!


We’re all rushing about preparing for the holidays (St Nicholas Day is this coming Saturday, happy angel day to all the Nicks out there!)… they’ll be here before we know it. There’s fun to be had in this time of preparation… relax a moment and catch your breath. Sit down, have a cup o’ hot joe, and spend some time with those you love. It’s coming, soon enough.

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