Top 3 Worst and Best Russian Cartoons

Howdy! This is PhantomStrider. Welcome back, traveler! It’s time we look for some good and bad cartoons around the world. Let’s check out some cartoons from the country of hospitality, (uneasily) wealth inequality, and borscht. Russia! Russia is actually responsible for 𝘵𝘩𝘦 most popular cartoon on the internet. And believe it or not, this cartoon has nothing to do with Minecraft or people screaming into their webcams. Is it a best or a worst? Let’s find out! (**MAGIC**) So let’s check out the top three best and worst Russian cartoons. And if you have a differing opinion, that’s great! It’s just my silly personal opinion, and I’m just a foreign weirdo. I mean, what do I know? Anyway, let’s do this countdown! The third worst Russian cartoon is: Vinni ‘Pughheh.’ (beep) Vinni ‘Pughckehh.’ (beep) Vinni Puckchkhgraa-gah! (beep) Okay, we’re just calling it Vinni Puk. The Russian version of Winnie the Pooh. While Vinni Puk seems to be a mostly liked cartoon icon in Russia, I could just never get behind this bear. I mean, I honestly can’t quite tell if I’m looking at a panda or radioactive fecal matter. Episode backgrounds tend to look like the classroom that drew them only had brown crayons left. Maybe you could call it artistic, I guess, but to me it just looks ugly. Oh, what’s this? Vinni’s going into Rabbit’s house! Shenanigans might ensue. He might get stuck! No, no, he’s fine. Now he’s slowly washing up and waiting at the table. Personally, I just found this a dull, brown version of Winnie the Pooh. The original Winnie the Pooh was a zen. He wasn’t obsessed with perfect manners or pleasing everyone. He was kind, but he also focused on being in the moment. But to me, this Winnie the Pooh is just so much more standard and simple than that. Vinni ‘Pukghh’ just didn’t really appeal to me, personally. Though I hear it’s very popular in Russia. And the third best Russian cartoon is: (singing in Russian) What’s nice about Leopold the Cat is we really get this feeling of Russian culture, both in atmosphere, setting, and music. But at the same time, it’s got some good Tom and Jerry-style humor. I like Leopold, despite the fact that he’s always being attacked by these mice. It’s cool how he just turns the other cheek and avoids their traps. Unlike two notoriously bad-tempered American cats we know, Leopold just seems happy to be alive regardless of the two mice constantly trying to attack him. It’s a good version of Tom and Jerry with a interesting Russian twist to it. Jokes and punchlines are certainly a lot more slow and elaborate, but overall, I liked it! And the second worst Russian cartoon is: — a.k.a: Russian Gravily Falls. As others have previously said, it’s hard not to get a Gravity Falls vibe with this one. If Gravity Falls was done in cheap Flash animation. Animation doesn’t necessarily have to be detailed, but it does have to be stylized and unique. But the animation of Vali doesn’t feel that. It just feels lazy to me. In fact, many of the animation models are copy-pasted directly from Gravity Falls. I mean, there’s nothing 𝘰𝘧𝘧𝘦𝘯𝘴𝘪𝘷𝘦𝘭𝘺 bad about Vali, it’s just so 𝘭𝘪𝘴𝘵𝘭𝘦𝘴𝘴 and 𝘣𝘰𝘳𝘪𝘯𝘨! In case you don’t know the story, Vali is rather sporadically abandoned by his dad in a remote village. Why? ‘Cause he can’t speak Tartar! (Both) Let the fools have their tartar sauce! But on the way, he falls in love, makes friends, enemies, yadda yadda ya, and decides whether he wants to return to the city. After his dad sporadically abandoned him for failing in his… Tartar classes, I don’t see why he’d want to return to the city anyway. Vali’s 𝘬𝘪𝘯𝘥 𝘰𝘧 intriguing, and you know, if they make another episode, I might watch it through. But overall, it just felt lazy to me. And the second best Russian cartoon is: This is the best example I can find of Disney in Russia. It follows a story of, no surprise, three bogatyrs. Which is basically the Russian equivalent to a knight. From what I saw, I honestly found this a solid Russian movie series. Some of the animation and jokes actually reminded me of Hanna-Barbera or Don Bluth. And the funny thing is, even when I couldn’t understand a word the characters were saying, they still left an impact on me. And I think that’s a sign of a really powerful cartoon. The films are actually a fairly good satire on some of the issues of Russian society and rulers. Particularly some of the more oppressive issues from the Soviet era. Some of which are admittedly still big issues, such as corruption and a big wealth gap. But Bogatyrs manages to parody many of these very heavy issues with a laugh. And I personally think that’s one of the greatest gifts a cartoon can give its viewers. Even the music has a nice cheery shanty feel to it. Three Bogatyrs wasn’t perfect, but overall I found it a creative, colorful, and pretty clever movie series. And the #1 worst Russian cartoon is: Eugh! I don’t know what we’ve stumbled into this time, but it’s Russian and it’s pretty ugly, it looks like Rugrats was fused with Hagrid[?]. The story focuses around Masyanya, the mid-20s heroine. At least, I 𝘵𝘩𝘪𝘯𝘬 it’s a heroine, it has a mini skirt. No offense, ma’am or sir, I just can’t quite recognize your gender. So all the voices have an annoying, cheap, synthesizer quality to them. (Distorted) Imagine if I put my voice like this for the whole video! (Normal) I would’ve pelt 𝘮𝘺𝘴𝘦𝘭𝘧 with tomatoes after listening to that for five seconds! There’s lots of screaming, lots of ugly close-up face shots, it’s just such an unstructured, loud, flailing mess of a cartoon. While a lot of people in Poland and Russia like Masyanya, I personally found it a 𝘵𝘦𝘳𝘳𝘪𝘣𝘭𝘦, 𝘵𝘦𝘳𝘳𝘪𝘣𝘭𝘦 Russian cartoon! And the #1 best Russian cartoon is: Behold! The most popular cartoon on the internet! It’s Little Red Riding Hood and a bear. And what do I think? This cartoon is a solid OK! I mean, I would take Irish Puffin Rock over this any day, but this is the best cartoon I could find in Russia. The most interesting thing I find about Masha and Bear is actually watching other people watch it. It has this strange compelling power on many people. Almost lulling people into this fascinated stupor as they watch. And I can understand why. Visually, Masha and Bear is exceptional! I mean, this is nearly Pixar-levels of shiny! But jeebus, the English dub is 𝘨𝘳𝘢𝘵𝘪𝘯𝘨! (Masha) I’m so scared! The story is ridiculously simple. I mean, it’s basically Masha going around squealing and having a good time. But what I find interesting about this cartoon is how much is communicated through body language, giving it a universal appeal to both children and adults across all countries. Often an episode might consist purely of just a few shenanigans and a bit of dancing. But you know, it’s interesting and compelling to watch. The story is basically, Masha is a young girl who has a fatherly bear watching over her. I wonder just 𝘩𝘰𝘸 popular these cartoons are– 𝘩𝘰𝘭𝘺 𝘥𝘰𝘭𝘦𝘺! 2.6 𝘣𝘪𝘭𝘭𝘪𝘰𝘯 views! How is that even possible?! In fact, Masha and bear is the seventh highest video viewed on all of YouTube, and 𝘵𝘩𝘦 highest video viewed that isn’t a music video! But you know, I’m kind of glad more kids are watching this instead of, I don’t know, an epic fails video, because it’s decent. It’s not stupid, it’s not offensive, it’s just a solid cartoon. Overall, I like Masha and bear. It’s a solid, good cartoon. And the best Russian cartoon. And holy jeebus, is it massive! (**MAGIC**) As for what I found unique about Russian cartoons, many of them had a sense of restraint, slow timing, and pace to them that I haven’t seen to this degree in many other countries. There doesn’t need to be an immediate explosive payoff in every Russian cartoon. I really admire that sense of patience to Russian culture that actually shows through their animation. And finding these small cultural nuances in different countries is part of what makes animation fun for me. Do you think I missed a particularly bad or good Russian cartoon? If you think so, feel free to let me know in the comments below. And as always, thanks for watching, and I’ll see you next time! (Attempting to speak Russian)

100 thoughts on “Top 3 Worst and Best Russian Cartoons”

  1. Ну блиииин, как можно было поставить Винни Пуха в топ худших?(

  2. The fun facts

    1- first episode about leopold the cat named "The revenge of cat leopold"

    2- Walli FULLY changed in… teaser of first episode!

  3. lol tbh he does not know a fuck bout these cartoons
    well i am sry but "vinnie pukh" was realisied in 1969 sooooooo wut do u expect

  4. Actually the 'Kh' together sounds more like a 'k'. The 'h' is silent, my cat has 'kh' in her name and the 'h' is silent in her name. So you did pronounced it right the last time.

  5. Is it so hard, or impossible to talk about Russia without shoot any senseless or out of context criticism?? Is impossible to keep out of politic and develop your own topic??

  6. i absolutely hate how someone who isn't russian is reviewing russian shows, you don't even understand half of the meanings in the shows, this is dumb.

  7. :c I’m slightly offended by the 3 worst you chose. I’m Russian and I know these cartoons. So I am pretty offended. :c (not trying to offend u)

  8. Приятно что за мультипликацию хвалят , но в эту страну не нужно ехать

  9. You should looks for top 10 best and worst cartoon from Japan (oh wait, they're called Anime if they're made in Japan)
    Well what about in China, Canada, Finland, etc

  10. Jesus, what a bad list… I mean, aside of Leopold the cat, I pretty much heavily disagree with everything. Ah, that Valy cartoon is also on it's place since Republic of Tatarstan is subject of Russian Federation. I can't tell about Masyana though, but it was more of an adult cartoon about sweet infrared data association 2000's with a pretty good atmosphere. Graphics are ugly because this cartoon is a flash graphics made by one dude in his student years. And Masha and The Bear might be the worst and most dumb cartoon of all Russian animation, it serves the same purpose as those youtube compilations of multiple spidermen of different costume color dancing to each other around disney's frozen princesses, also multiple, and that car dude from "cars" cg cartoon. The only good side about this cartoon is it's graphics which look very decent for 3d graphics in Russia, but we all know that 2D >>> 3D. That cartoon teaches nothing except for "if you are a dumb kid with no responsibilities, you can do all sorts of shit and nobody will do anything to you". The movie about bogatyrs is much inferior to movies about first two bogatyrs – Alesha and Dobrynya, and comedy there is cheap and cringy. Gladly, not as cringy as in the Three Bogatyrs' sequel. And Russian Winnie-the-Pooh cartoon… well, that's some deep discussion.
    Sorry for the rant, but… Since you have included USSR animation in this list, why did you not include the Treasure Island (1988)? This is absolutely the best USSR cartoon, of all times and it is for all ages, has great animation, good comedy, funny and memorable songs, and level of technology behind the graphics is jawdropping.

  11. I hate Russia😈👿👿👿👿😈😈👿👿👿👿😈👿👿😈👿😈🇷🇺🇷🇺🇷🇺

  12. Leopold is cute and it reversed the cat and mouse stereotypes. I was wrong about Masha and Bear, it turned out to be interesting and I understand why people love it

  13. Most of these comments are actual Russians saying how wrong this list is, maybe it's better for us Americans/Canada/UK/Australia not to mess with other cultures for once and stick to our shows

  14. Vali is getting recreated with the boy having a new look with a new pilot episode that has no simularities to Gravity Falls. Thanks to Valskibum94 for the info.

  15. Winnie the Pooh released in 1977 and Vinni Pukh In 1969… aaaaaaaaaaaaaaAAAAAAAAAAAAHAHAHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  16. My lil bro watches Masha n the Bear every single day
    And he watches whenever I'm stuck in my homework n schoolwork stuffs
    And it has gotten on my nerves.

  17. i want to tell you about ''The adventures of Vasya Kurolesov''. its about young man Vasya who one time came to the market and bouth hen but when he came home in the box was dog. after that he found out that this man who sold him ''hen'' was part of Mafia. then this man turn him in the police but he enters the police. and then they arreste the mafia.

  18. There are actually few more of those

    1. Nu Pogodi! (Just You Wait!)
    2. 38 Popugayev (38 Parrots)
    3. 3 Banana (3 Bananas)
    4. Treasure Island USSR
    5. Chebutrashka

  19. I'm gonna be honest, I have Russian parents, and I grew up watching some of these, I didn't care if it was bad, but as I'm a teen now, the animation in some of them are…well…go check it out yourself, but some others are beautiful and creative.

  20. You missed the Luntik that is tha spongebob mixed with Oggy combined together old nonsensical storyboard

  21. I do NOT like "Masha & The Bear" at all, but you're opinion is respected, Strider. I'm glad you like it while I don't have the guts to!

  22. мультик "Валли" никто не знает в России и его не смотрят.

  23. It's a bit strange list: you added a soviet cartoon, a modern Russian animated movie, an Internet cartoon for adults, and a Tatar TV-show (it's not even in Russian). But we understand, that for a foreigner it's not easy to see the difference between those genres. It's like to compare a boxer, a chessplayer and a swimmer. But anyway it's nice that you've done such a list, we did our Top of Russian Cartoons that people can watch in English, because we are Russian parents and we watch them every day, but you showed interest and opened this door to other English native speakers, it's cool!


  25. Vini PUH, understand? And it is not Russian it is from USSR. And I think you didn’t saw Smeshariki. I’m 13 and I realy like it.

  26. I personnally like brownish and natural color palette.
    I speak russian fluently, and I can't understand a word from the first worse one.

  27. Vali isn't the only Russian Gravity falls there is a genuine knock off check it out it is horrible… well at least it looks horrible… I haven't actually watched it

  28. Я должен перевести эту информацию на русский язык, чтобы адаптироваться.


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