Animation: Captain Pronin
is a 4-episode cartoon series made in the post-Soviet Russia
in the early nineties
Created as a parody of American action movies that flooded Russia in the early nineties, it is about Captain Pronin, the grandson of Major Pronin, a character from a series of Soviet books from The Fifties
(who was like a Russian James Bond
).The 4 episodes are:
Captain Pronin provides examples of:
- Amazing Technicolor Population: Some characters have different skin colors, such as the junkies in the first part, who are blue, Myshyakovich, who is green and Don Carlione, who is pink.
- Art Evolution: The fourth episode has much better animation than the previous ones.
- Bill Clinton: At the second episode's credits, who happens to look like a character designed by Mike Judge.
- Bragging Theme Tune: And how!
- Brawn Hilda: The two female wrestlers in the second part. Apparently stated to be a Take That against American gender equality.
- The Cameo: James Bond and the titular character's grandpa in the first part.
- Although probably unintentional, it is hilarious to see Princess Vespa (yes, they actually named her that!) being kidnapped and forced into marrying the Darth Vader expy.
- Captain Ersatz: A mafia boss named "Don Carlione" in the first. A viking Darth Vader lookalike in the third.
- Captain Pronin Can Breathe In Space: Well, with a help of a gas mask. And Space Is an Ocean literally, since he can swim in it just like in water.
- Depraved Dentist: Dr. Myshyakovich in the first episode.
- Deranged Animation: Any time a character's face is seen up close.
- Disappeared Dad: Captain Pronin's father is never even mentioned. Even in the photos of his birth and youth, he's always seen with Major Pronin.
- Everybody Lives: No one dies in any of the parts. Mooks, even hit by hand grenades are merely knocked out.
- Explosions in Space
- Expy - Captain Pronin is Ivan Danko's one.
- Gratuitous English: Again, Captain Pronin's theme.
- A shop featuring medieval weaponry features a "Guns" sign.
- Haunted Castle: Myshyakovich's castle.
- The Infiltration: One of the dentist mooks in the first part turns out to be James Bond.
- I Have Your Wife: In the first episode.
- Instant Awesome, Just Add Ninja: The villain of the first part has everything at his disposal, including ninjas.
- My Hovercraft Is Full of Eels: In the second episode, there are lines such as "This is your money. Give me your smoking!" ("Smoking" means "tuxedo" in Russian. Likely intentional, as the Russian subtitles used "kurtka", another word for "jacket").
- Oh, Crap: The male ballerina's faced when he realizes he's going to have to catch Pronin, who is built like (and probably weighs about the same as) a T-34, is this all over.
- Parody Sue: Pronin himself. Subverted in the second episode that for the most part of it, it was actually a robot lookalike of him.
- Red-Headed Hero: Obviously.
- Reference Overdosed
- Rock Beats Laser: In the third episode, Pronin beats the lightsaber-using viking Darth Vader using a standard-issue police baton (even with the word "Advertisement" appearing on the screen afterwards).
- Shout-Out: Mafia members, each taller than each other much like the Dalton brothers are seen coming out of the red Mafia Clown Car in the second episode.
- Vocal Evolution: In each and every film, Pronin becmes a bit more hammy. In the first, he is quite stoic and reserved. In the second, he is a bit more hammy, acting kind of like Arnold Schwarzenegger until the very end, when... hoo boy. In the third, he is a full-blown Large Ham, who even takes time out to shill for his brand of rubber police baton while whaling on the Big Bad. In the fourth... well let's just say between Pronin's attempts at playing the accordion and dancing ballet, the scenery was well and truly chewed.
- Wholesome(?) Crossdresser / Paper-Thin Disguise: In Episode 4, Pronin mugs a ballet dancer for her leotard and tutu to go undercover. Even though she's a good 150 pounds or so slimmer than he is, it fits perfectly.
- World of Ham: In post-Soviet Russia, ham eats you!