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Soviet series of books by EduardUspensky and animated puppet stop-motion shorts about Cheburashka, critter of ambiguous nature who is a friend of Gena The Crocodile who works in a zoo (as a crocodile).

All four of the shorts are available with English subtitles on Youtube:
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sICgWJ46_4E Gena the Crocodile]] (1969)
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QsUhAnc3oos Cheburashka]] (1971)
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l0sPp1pdjEw Shapoklyak]] (1974)
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iIzUa5Go-CI Cheburashka Goes to School]] (1983)

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!!Book and shorts provide examples of:
* CardCarryingVillain: Shapoklyak does all the nasty things she does solely for the sake of infamy.
* CartoonCreature
* CreditsBrandProducts: in the first short
* CrossdressingVoices: Shapoklyak's voice actor is male in ''Gena the Crocodile''.
** In the Japanese dub, Cheburashka is voiced by Creator/IkueOtani (aka [[Anime/{{Pokemon}} Pikachu]]).
* IJustWantToHaveFriends
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Shapoklyak, ultimately
* LionsAndTigersAndHumansOhMy / FurryConfusion: Some animals (Gena the crocodile, Chandra the lion, an unnamed bear) can talk, walk on twos, wear clothes and generally don't differ much from humans (at one point crocodiles' unusual longevity is mentioned, Gena is a young adult at 50). Some cannot talk and walk on fours. Most secondary and incidental characters are humans.
* LeanAndMean: Shapoklyak
* NonHumanSidekick: Lariska the rat, to Shapoklyak
* PlotHole: in the first short Cheburashka comes to Gena's place because he read an ad about him looking for friends on the bulletin board. Later, he read a sign about scrap metal collection. And then the fourth short is all built around Cheburashka being unable to read.
* ReptilesAreAbhorrent: Extremely averted with Gena.
* RidiculouslyCuteCritter
* RidiculouslyFastConstruction: "house for friends" was built in ten days
* RoadSignReversal: one of the Shapoklyak's pranks
* VillainSong: Shapoklyak
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