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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:

  • Anvilicious
  • Badass Grandpa
  • Bungled Suicide - upon seeing Vova's performance, colonel attempts to shoot himself. He fails
  • Momma's Boy
  • Shoot the Messenger: marshall's (soviet 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
  • Spoiled Brat: Sidorov Vova
  • That Russian Squat Dance: 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.