Animation / Captain Pronin

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 '50s (who was like a Russian James Bond).

The 4 episodes are:

The series had also made a video game spin off, Captain Pronin: One Against All, an action game boasting 200 animations and 400 endings.

Captain Pronin provides examples of:

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    Series-wide tropes 
  • Amazing Technicolor Population: Some characters have different skin colors:
    • The junkies from early in the first episode are blue.
    • Myshyakovich is green.
    • Don Corleone is pink.
  • Bragging Theme Tune: And how!
  • Butt-Monkey: Svistunov loses his clothes in the first short, and gets his identity stolen in the second.
  • The Cameo:
    • James Bond and Major Pronin in the first episode.
    • Sergey Lemokh, of the band Car-Man, appears in the second episode as the aforementioned robot. His band made the theme song to Captain Pronin.
    • 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 Corleone" in the first episode.
    • A Darth Vader lookalike in the third episode.
  • Deranged Animation: Any time a character's face is seen up close.
  • Expy: Captain Pronin is one to Arnold Schwarzenegger.
  • Gratuitous English:
    • Captain Pronin's theme song.
  • Happily Married: Captain Pronin is happily married to his wife, seen from the first and fourth short. This even is brought up in the third short as the Princess falls in love with him.
  • Nobody Can Die: No one dies in any of the parts. Even mooks hit by hand grenades are merely knocked out.
  • Parody Sue: Pronin himself is extremely capable, almost infallible, and adored by everyone but the villains. Subverted in the second episode where for most of it, the audience is watching a robot lookalike of him.
  • Reference Overdosed
  • Theme Tune Rap: At the end of each episode, and there's a sequence set to it in every episode from the second onward.
  • Vocal Evolution: In each and every film, Pronin becomes 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.

    Captain Pronin - Major Pronin's Grandson 

    Captain Pronin in America 
  • Animation Bump: The action becomes smoother during the chase sequence between Pronin and the trenchcoats.
  • Bill Clinton: At the second episode's credits, who happens to look like a character designed by Mike Judge.
  • Brawn Hilda: The two female wrestlers Pronin leads the mafia men to. Apparently stated to be a Take That! against American gender equality.
  • Clown Car: The Mafia has a host of men packed into one car in the second episode.
  • Cyborg: Car-Man, the robot assassin that kept the US president up at night.
  • Gratuitous English:
    • The dialog between Pronin and the trench-coated mafia man.
    Mafia Man: This is your money, give me a smoking! note .
    Pronin: No smoking, give me very little money!
  • Gratuitous Italian: Pronin addresses Don Corleone after crashing a helicopter to his skyscraper.
    Carleone: Memento mori, signor Pronin!
  • Shout-Out:
    • Mafia members, each taller than the last much like the Dalton Brothers come out of the red Mafia car in the second episode.
  • Twist Ending: The Captain Pronin the short mostly follows is a robot duplicate, with the real deal coming in to lament the loss of the robot Pronin.

    Captain Pronin in Space 

    Captain Pronin in the Opera 
  • Arson, Murder, and Jaywalking: The criminal caught at the end was arrested for, among other things, possession of large sums of money, an oxygen tank and a fake ID.
  • Art Evolution: This episode has much better animation than the previous ones.
  • Fatal Method Acting: invoked Pronin is called in as the actors playing Lensky in Eugene Onegin keep getting murdered onstage. It turns out that the Lenskys are all alive, and they were "killed" as a publicity stunt.
  • Oh, Crap!: The male ballerina's face 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.
  • Paper-Thin Disguise/Wholesome Crossdresser: 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.