Animation / About Sidorov Vova
Soviet animated short by Eduard Nazarov, released c. 1985. Adapted after the epynomous verse by Eduard Uspensky. In some strange way it works both as a propaganda piece about the Red Army that straightens up any young fellow and makes a man out of him and at the same time shows how The Army is just as prone to Soviet bureaucracy and ineffectuality as many other departments of state.

Also, it's funny.

Can be watched on Youtube with English subtitles.

Short provides examples of:

  • Bungled Suicide: Upon seeing Vova's performance the colonel attempts to shoot himself. He fails.
  • Shoot the Messenger: The marshall's, the Soviet's highest military rank, secretary got afraid he will suffer this fate and didn't dare to report about Vova's family coming to serve to Army with him.
  • That Russian Squat Dance: The last segment of the short humorously exaggerates the amazing prowess of soviet army and navy. For instance, one of the sailors is dancing "kazachok" during the heavy storm. While upside down.