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Soviet series of animated shorts by FyodorHitruk based on Creator/AAMilne's Literature/WinnieThePooh books. This series is universally beloved and [[MemeticMutation cited]] throughout all former Soviet Union, and is the definitive version of Winnie there.

The biggest differences with [[DisneyAnimatedCanon Disney's version]] is that the Soviet Winnie is not TheDitz, nor is he cutesy. He's kinda on a rough side, has a raspy voice, orders Piglet around and has a poetic and cunning side to him. Also, while Christopher Robin is present in Boris Zakhoder's adaptation in the book, his role in the shorts is assumed by other characters.

All three shorts are available with English subtitles:

* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sqdiEUp6s4E Winnie-the-Pooh]], 1969
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qam9JBk5Oig Winnie-the-Pooh Goes Visiting]], 1971
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=73uIn56G1YE Winnie-the-Pooh and the Day of Concerns]], 1972

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!!Series provides examples of:

* AdaptationDistillation: Hitruk made quite a big change to the original material. First, he based it on Boris Zakhoder's translation which itself was more like re-telling of the original (which [[{{Woolseyism}} still worked]]) and Zakhoder was directly working with him on the script. There were other changes that even Zakhoder felt were too much though, like the removal of Christopher Robin.
** Eventually major CreativeDifferences made Zakhoder leave the series, and it ended after just three shorts, while they were supposed [[WhatCouldHaveBeen to do more]].
* BigEater: Winnie.
* CloudCuckoolander: Winnie's not ''stupid'', per say, but he is pretty eccentric when compared to the likes of Piglet and Rabbit. It takes a special combination of imagination and insanity to try to disguise yourself from bees using only [[NoodleImplements some mud and a blue balloon]].
* GoodIsNotDumb: in contrast with Disney's version
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Winnie. Yes, Winnie acts quite jerk-ish in these shorts (towards Piglet and Rabbit). On the other hand, he still rushes to give Eyeore the present on his birthday.
* LargeHam: Tram-param-param-param-param-pam-pa! ''DA!''
* NoIndoorVoice: Winnie spends most of the scenes where he is traveling from place to place straddling the line between singing and screaming.
* ShesAManInJapan: Owl is an old lady here instead of a male character in the original. It's because the Russian word for "owl" is intrinsically female.
* StageWhisper
-->'''Piglet:''' Why do you need a balloon?
-->'''Winnie:''' ''(motions for him to move closer for absolutely no reason, then whispers in a fierce voice)'' Honey.
-->'''Piglet:''' What?
-->'''Winnie:''' ''(immediately switches back to normal voice)'' Honey!
* TheEeyore: Guess who.
* ThePhilosopher: Winnie.
--> "And why do bees exist? To make honey, I guess. And why does honey exist? [[MundaneSolution For me to eat it]]- I think so."
** Eeyore shows shades of this as well.
* RaymanianLimbs: Winnie's feet are not directly attached to his body.
* SpectacularScenery: backgrounds are drawn in kids' crayons style.
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