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Moving Pictures from the USSR. Part 2

Written by Ian Bearder

Here it is, part 2 of my brief and uneducated exploration of animation from the USSR.

First up, we have Slow Bistro. The name is (I assume intentionally) ironic because the word ‘Bistro’ comes from the Russian word ‘bistra’ which means ‘quick’ …the video is amusingly abstract and it reminds me of so many Bearder family dinners. This one could quite easily be about Bicester School.

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=evMC6FhVwYw&w=420&h=315]

Next we have the funny and beautifully well defined Masyanya. What can I say? – I know many-many Masyanyas.

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ib9-J-HshQw&w=420&h=315]

Here we have some more modern (web-type) animations called ‘Vs’ …they short, simple, stupid and have cool sound effects. You can watch loads more on youtube.

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AY3AgNa4vts&w=420&h=315]

Back to the oldskool stuff, we have “Prostokvashino or Buttermilk Village which is set in a a fictional rural village in Moscow Oblast of Russia (Russian: Простоквашино, from простоквашa, prostokvasha, buttermilk). Due to immense popularity of the cartoon the geographic name came into real life, and some Russian villages and city neighborhoods got this unofficial name, sometimes reflected in the names of bus stops, stores etc.”

The cartoon also captures the Russian/Ukrainian personalities perfectly. Proof (if ever you need it) that woman rule this part of the world and will always get what they want …after a tantrum 😉
I see the cat grinning at me every morning from the label on my milk bottle.

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B2L6sS4DsMY&w=420&h=315]

Magic flower” (1948). The stuff that Soviet dreams are made of…

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AJqHbVRLHc8&w=420&h=315]

There are singing cats (and noisy people) in ‘Cat Concert’

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YxVwXX-VGjs&w=420&h=315]

and finally, here’s a powerfully simple look at war from a country that’s been subject to an awful lot of it.

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wImBk5PO9GQ&w=420&h=315]

     

About the author

Ian Bearder

Ian has been living in Kyiv on-and-off since 2009 and he launched Kyiv.Cool in 2014 to promote the lighter side of life in Ukraine's crazy capital. He doesn't just love Kyiv - he feels genuinely sorry for people who don't live here.
If he's not out on his bike, he's normally wandering in Podil or exploring some forgotten corner of the city.