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Animation: Vinni Pukh

Soviet series of animated shorts by Fyodor Hitruk based on A. A. Milne's Winnie the Pooh books. This series is universally beloved and cited throughout all former Soviet Union, and is the definitive version of Winnie there.

The biggest differences with Disney's version is that the Soviet Winnie is not The Ditz, nor is he cutesy. He's kinda on a rough side, has a raspy voice, orders Piglet around and has a poetic and cunning side to him. Also, while Christopher Robin is present in Boris Zakhoder's adaptation in the book, his role in the shorts is assumed by other characters.

All three shorts are available with English subtitles:


Series provides examples of:

  • Adaptation Distillation: Hitruk made quite a big changes to the original material. Firstly, he based it on Boris Zakhoder's translation which itself was more like re-telling of the original (which still worked) and Zakhoder was directly working with him on the script. There were other changes that even Zakhoder felt were too much though, like the removal of Christopher Robin.
  • Big Eater: Winnie, duh.
  • Cloud Cuckoolander: Winnie's not stupid, per say, but he is pretty eccentric when compared to the likes of Piglet and Rabbit. It takes a special combination of imagination and insanity to try to disguise yourself from bees using only some mud and a blue balloon.
  • Good Is Not Dumb: in contrast with Disney's version
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Winnie. Yes, Winnie acts quite jerk-ish in these shorts (towards Piglet and Rabbit). On the other hand, he still rushes to give Eyeore the present on his birthday.
  • Large Ham: Tram-param-param-param-param-pam-pa! DA!
  • No Indoor Voice: Winnie spends most of the scenes where he is traveling from place to place straddling the line between singing and screaming.
  • She's a Man in Japan: Owl is an old lady here instead of a male character in the original. It's because the Russian word for "owl" is intrinsically female.
  • Stage Whisper
    Piglet: Why do you need a balloon?
    Winnie: (motions for him to move closer for absolutely no reason, then whispers in a fierce voice) Honey.
    Piglet: What?
    Winnie: (immediately switches back to normal voice) Honey!
  • The Eeyore: Guess who.
  • The Philosopher: Winnie.
    "And why do bees exist? To make honey, I guess. And why does honey exist? For me to eat it- I think so."
    • Eeyore shows shades of this as well.
  • Raymanian Limbs: Winnie's feet are not directly attached to his body.
  • Spectacular Scenery: backgrounds are drawn in kids' crayons style.

Town Musicians of BremenEastern European AnimationRace Lift
Town Musicians of BremenThe SixtiesZaczarowany Olowek
The New Adventures of Winnie the PoohFranchise/Winnie the PoohKingdom Hearts

alternative title(s): Vinni Pukh; Soviet Winnie The Pooh Shorts
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