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Known in its native Russia as "Смешарики" (Smeshariki, a Portmanteau that can be roughly translated as "Funballs"), KikoRiki is one of the more successful cartoon projects in The New Russia, a series of 6-minute animated shorts about nine highly-stylized, cute ball-like anthropomorphic animals living on the island of Chamomile Valley. note  The show was launched in 2003 and ended in 2012, getting Un-Canceled eight years later in 2020.

The show often boils down adult themes such as prostitution, gambling, Internet addiction, etc. to a level at which children can grasp the basic concept through metaphor, and for its reflection of the eclectic culture of post-Soviet Russia. In the end, though, it remains and is seen as a fun, friendly children's show—just with heaps of Parental Bonus.

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Was first dubbed in the United States by 4Kids Entertainment as GoGoRiki, which, in its usual fashion, changed all character names and removed many of the Russian cultural references. This dub aired in 2008-2009 on The CW4Kids and covered 104 episodes, though only 92 aired. Another English dub (which also covered 104 episodes) was made by Studio 100 in 2009, under the new title of BalloonToons. It would later be renamed into the show's German name, KikoRiki note , which has stuck since then and was used by other countries. Another 75 episodes were translated by them in 2011, but with different character names (Which were composite between original Russian names, the ones used in 4Kids translation and Studio 100's ones. They would also stick and be used by later adaptations) and voice actors. Third, and the most complete dub was produced by FUN Union in 2017, which covered all 215 original episodes and several spin-offs.

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To avoid the confusion, please refer to characters and episodes by their names from the FUN Union dub, which can be found here.

Media

Animation
  • KikoRiki (2004-2012) - The main series. Featured total of 215 episodes during its original run.
    • KikoRiki. New Season (2020-)
  • The ABCs of KikoRiki note  (2006-2013; 2017-) - a series of educational shorts that teach about various safety regulations. As of 2022 its split into 15 different ABCs:
    • ABC of Safety (2006-2007; 2020-2021) - Discusses safety in the city and in the nature. Has 38 episodes.
    • ABC of Health (2008-2012) - Discusses various health regulations and how to stay in shape. Has 8 shorts and 7 6-minute episodes that count as part of the main show due to their length.
    • ABC of Child Rights (2008) - Discusses the rights that children have. Has 8 episodes.
    • ABC of Reading (2009-2010) - Discusses the importance of reading. Has 4 episodes.
    • ABC of Kindness/World Without Violence (2009-2013) - Discusses being kind and helpful to other people. Has 14 episodes.
    • ABC of Mobile Etiquette (Unreleased) - Discusses the proper use of mobile phones. Was produced as a part of a deal with "MegaFon", a Russian mobile service. Has 3 episodes with several short plots that were only released on the director Nikolay Kozhaev's YouTube channel in 2011.
    • ABC of Internet (2017-2018) - Discusses the advantages of the internet. Has 5 episodes.
    • ABC of Finances (2018-2020) - Discusses the financial literacy. Has 29 episodes.
    • ABC of Forest Protection (2019-2020) - Discusses the importance of protecting the wildlife. Has 5 episodes.
    • PinCode: Finances (2019-2020) - A continuation of PinCode, combining it with ABC of Finances. Has 14 episodes.
    • ABC of Internet Literacy (2019) - Discusses the proper use of the internet. Has 7 episodes.
    • ABC of Realty (2020) - Discusses the quirks and usage of realty. Has 5 episodes.
    • ABC of Professions of The Future (2020) - Discusses the professions that kids can learn about. Has 7 episodes, the first two being shown on "Technograd" festival.
    • ABC of Nation Friendship (2022) - Discusses the traditions of Russian nations. Has 7 episodes.
  • KikoRiki. New Adventures (2012-2013) - Initially advertised as the official continuation of original shots, now animated in 3D. A total of 57 episodes were made.
    • KikoRiki. Sport (2017-2018) - Additional 12 episodes based around, well, sport.
  • PinCode (2012-2018) - Another educational spin-off, focused on inventing, programming and science. Features total of 105 episodes.
  • BabyRiki (2015-) - a preschool spin-off, featuring child versions of some of the characters animated in 3D in a real-life backdrop.
  • Panda and Krash (2021) - a collaborative project between Riki Group, FUN Union and CCTV Animation Group, starring Krash and Panda Hoho, who also appeared in similar CCTV's collaborative projects, such as with Krtek in Panda and The Little Mole. Aside from that, the show is not related to the series, with two being joined by a new cast of Living Toys.
  • Modnyusha (2021) - a spinoff aimed at girls aged 5-8, featuring Rosa in a modern city full of pigs, taking part in a dance contest with her friends. As with Panda and Krash, the project is not related to the main series, with Rosa being the only main character from the franchise.
  • Cinema (TBA) - a spinoff showcasing the KikoRiki trying to shoot a movie while trying out different genres, consisting of 7 episodes of extended length.
  • Chameleons (Unreleased) - a spinoff focusing on chameleon natives from Legend of The Golden Gradon. Despite being shown on numerous festivals, it ended up being unaired for unknown reasons.

Films — Animated

  • KikoRiki. Team Invincible (2011) note  - A movie set before the original series.
  • KikoRiki. Legend of the Golden Dragon (2016) note 
  • KikoRiki. Deja Vu (2018) note 

Video Games

  • KikoRiki. In search for Bibi (2008) note  - A 2D Collectathon Platformer/Minigame Game, featuring Pin going on the moon to visit Bibi. Also featured "Communications Museum" - An offline demo of RolyPolyLand.
  • KikoRiki. Parallel worlds (2008) note  - Point-and-Click Game, where Krash and Chiko get transported into Another Dimension made from clay.
  • RolyPolyLand (2009) note  - An online game based on Club Penguin.
  • KIKORIKI. Team Invincible (2013) - Platform Game for mobile devices, very loosely based on the movie.
  • Doeoriki - A version of Doeo that replaces the titular creaures with characters from the show and ues its' settings.

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  • 65-Episode Cartoon: A similar example. Whenever the show is separated by "seasons", each season has 52 episodes.
  • Accessory-Wearing Cartoon Animal: Barry, Olga and Pin almost always wear their hats, Carlin has a bowtie and Chiko wears glasses. The characters are very rarely seen wearing pants.
  • Animated Actors:
    • Implied. In episodes produced for advertising milk products based on the show ("Clean Sport", "A Milky Bet", "A Six Letter Breakfast" and "Recipe for Happiness"), the characters eat and drink products with their likenesses and the show's logo on it, and in PinCode's "My Dear Chiko" and "Insomnia", the characters read an existing magazine based on the spinoff, which implies that they're famous enough in-universe to make products based on them.
    • It is also parodied in a (likely non-canon) "behind the scenes" type program which aired on Channel One's "Big Difference" as a means to promote Team Invincible. There, Dokko is revealed to be married to Olga, Krash (who's real name is given as "Mazay Zaytsev-Zamorkovkin") wanted to make the movie Bloodier and Gorier, and Barry refused to shoot a bed scene with Rosa (who's last name is given as "Kosher") because the shooting of the film didn't coincide with bears' mating period.
  • All Just a Dream: The endings to "House of Mirrors" and "A Black and White Movie".
  • Alternative Foreign Theme Song:
    • Unsurprisingly, 4Kids dub of the show got itself a completely new intro - a Theme Tune Roll Call. Interestingly, the original intro was still used as a short segment between the second and third shorts.
    • Italian and Chinese dubs featured similarly different intros, while German version played a different theme over the original intro.
  • Amazing Technicolor Wildlife: Most of the the characters have colorful fur, which such colors wouldn't be on real animals. Just to mention a blue rabbit.
  • Be Careful What You Wish For:
    • In "The Gift" Rosa wishes to have a superpower. She then gets the ability to use electricity thanks to the thunderstorm. Unfortunately making contact with her is dangerous, and most of her friends start avoiding her.
    • "The Right To Be Lonely": Wally wants to be left alone as everybody disturbs him from making a poetry. Sure enough, he ends up on another island. He regrets it as soon as he finishes making his poets.
    • In New Season's episode "Okroshka", Krash wishes that others were more like him while Chiko catches a fish. The fish turns out to be a Benevolent Genie and grants Krash's wish for a day, making Chiko, Barry, Olga and Carlin as hyperactive and reckless as Krash is. He's overjoyed at first, but starts regretting it when picnic starts going wrong thanks to his friends newly found incompitency.
  • Big Storm Episode: "Drips and Drabs Amid Nature" has Dokko, Rosa and Olga getting sucked inside a tornado that appeared on the island. Despite Dokko's claim that nobody was able to make it alive out of one before, they miraculously survive.
  • Bland-Name Product: Dokko uses the operating system "Okna 96", a parody of Windows 95/98 with a similar boot screen. ("Okna" is Russian for "Windows".)
  • Breaking the Fourth Wall:
    • In "The End of the Earth" and PinCode's "Why", Chiko suspects that they are all just a cartoon characters being viewed. Krash doesn't in both instances and shrugs it off.
    • Ending of the episode "Beauty". Dokko plays Hide and Seek with Krash, Chiko and Rosa, and as he finishes counting, he looks at the screen and tells viewers that they weren't exempt from playing the game with them.
    • Also, the ending to "The Sweetness of Honey", where Wally takes a notice of the sad music and asks the director to change it into something much happier. In the Russian version, Barry, when locked down, brings up how the series is supposed to have no violence and threatens to complain to producers, and, towards the end, also brags how he and Wally would supposedly leave the writers penniless if they run away.
  • Bilingual Bonus: In the English dub of "BallAst", when Rosa activates Pin's submarine, he shouts "No" in three languages: German (his home language), Russian (the show's original language) and English.
  • Carrying a Cake: In "Time Machine", Dokko carries a cake and trips on the rock. The whole episode is about Krash and Chiko trying to use Pin's time machine to prevent anything disastrous from happening, though things go worse and worse as they move the stone in different places.
  • Caught Up in a Robbery: In the Team Invincible film, after ending up alone in the city he's never been in before, Chiko finds himself a temporary home at the museum with the guard Pin until his friends can find him. Next night, he meets two robbers trying to steal valuable items and is lead to assume they work at the museum as cleaners, dim-wittingly assisting them in the robbery. After they drive away, the police arrives, mistakes Chiko and Pin for thieves, and arrests them. The rest of the movie revolves around the rest of the KikoRiki gang breaking the two out of jail.
  • Christianity is Catholic: Pin peppers his speech with German words quite often, but, notably, when he prays, he does so in Latin, indicating he's Catholic. When other characters show any sign of religion, however, it's Orthodox Christianity.
  • Clip Show:
    • The last episode of the series made in Flash animation, "The Way It Was", featured Krash and Chiko trying to remember who was their friend they saved in the first episode, "The Bench". Even when Wally (a friend in question) appears, they refuse to believe that it was him.
    • PinCode also has "Logbook" episode trilogy, which focuses on Pin recapping the adventures the gang has been through while dealing with Umflier's AI.
  • Darker and Edgier: Not by much, but Animated Films are overall more serious than the shorts. Take Team Invincible for example - the Riki gang visits a city filled with corruption, Chiko and Pin get arrested after being mistaken for thieves and have to be rescued by their friends, and at the end of the day a director of Barry's show turns out to be a crininal boss, using the show to distract unsuspecting viewers from his real plans. Definetely not something you'd expect to see in the regular episode of the original show.
  • Delicious Daydream: In "The Chill", Wally wants to catch a cold so he will be pampered and given all the treats he wants. He then imagines being fed jam and fruit.
  • Disco Sucks!: Parodied in "The Disco Dancer". Characters have a disco-dancing contest, and Wally decides to take training lessons from Barry, a retired champion. When he's ready and asks Olga to turn on the music, he's told that disco went out of fashion and everyone is into waltz right now. Barry implies that this is exactly why he stopped dancing.
  • Edutainment Show: The ABC's teach kids various topics.
  • Fantastic Naming Convention: In 4Kids version all names end with -riki, which doesn't make sense by the rules of Russian grammar, since "smeshariki" is supposed to be the plural form of the type of Funny Animal that the characters are. That said, characters often shorten their names, and don't use "-riki" parts of their names when talking to each other.
  • Free-Range Children: Some characters are very young (Krash and Chiko are kids, Wally and Rosa are teenagers), but they all live in their own houses, have no parents in sight and can freely visit some dangerous places, as shown in "Great News". Bibi takes this even further, living on the moon and only occasionally visiting his father Pin (although he can be given a pass since he's a robot and not an actual animal child).
  • Funny Animal: The entire cast comprises anthropomorphic animals.
  • Gilligan Cut: Many times, but the most blatant example is from "Admirers in the Sky", when Krash and Pin are taking pictures while flying on a plane:
    Krash: I got 'em! Now let's land safely, my man!
    (cut to Krash and Pin with black eyes and bandages)
  • Golem: Although it's never referred to as such, Dokko's creation in "The Most Important Thing" is very clearly one; not only is it made of clay, it is even animated by a piece of paper placed in its mouth as in Jewish folklore (the paper has a photo of Dokko on it rather than any text, though, but it's relevant to the story). That being said, it also veers into Frankenstein territory as Dokko uses lightning to bring the golem to life.
  • Help, I'm Stuck!: In "The Sweetness of Honey", Barry gets himself stuck inside his own bathroom stall while escaping his house and Wally pulls him out.
  • Inconvenient Parachute Deployment:
    • This happens to Barry in "The Parachute" when he is falling quickly, as he finally opens his parachute, causing him to float in the air. Unfortunately, when he tries to land, gust of wind blows him away, and his friends finally rescue him when he lands in his house.
    • A catterpillar (In Wally's body) does this in Legend of the Golden Dragon. This in turn, causes Barry to accidentally break the plane's door and makes even more mishap as other KikoRikis try to land safely.
  • I Never Got Any Letters: In the episode "The Lost Apology", Olga reflects how she fought with her friend (or boyfriend), and never made up because she was waiting for his apology. Turns out there were something like thirty letters which were placed between the pages of a magazine she was ordering by mail and had no time to read.
  • It's Been Done: In "Making Progress...", Krash gets unsatisfied with the lack of visible progress and decides to make great inventions by himself. Those "inventions" are a bicycle, tango, and tic-tac-toe, which Chiko and Pin point out to him.
  • A Lizard Named "Liz": Almost everyone, with exception of Barry (who has Meaningful Name instead) and Chiko (who is A Dog Named "Dog"), have their original names based on species' Russian name.
    • Krash - Krosh is from krolik (rabbit).
    • Rosa - Nyusha is apparently shortened from svinyusha (roughly "piggie"). Also, incidentally, it's a Russian short name for Ann.
    • Pin shortened from pingvin (penguin).
    • Olga - Sovunya comes from sova (owl).
    • Dokko - Losyash is close to Los' (moose).
    • Wally - Barash made from baran (ram).
    • Carlin - Kar-Karych, made from crow's "caw" sound.
  • Long List: Krash has one in "Past Year's Tale", which has at least 102 things he wanted to finish in the past year, but wasn't able to in time.
  • Loose Tooth Episode: In "Krash's New Teeth", Krash notices that one of his incisors is wobbly and fears that he won't be able to gnaw carrots, but is too scared to seek help from resident doctor, Olga. He loses it while trying to push it back in by standing upside down on his ears. When he decides to visit Olga, she explains that he just lost his first baby tooth and new one will grow back soon.
  • Medicinal Cuisine: In the episode "The Chill", Dokko has a cold, so Olga, Barry, Carlin and Rosa try to make him better by giving him jam and fruit. Wally tries to catch a cold so that he will be given snacks too, but changes his mind when Chiko and Krash catch colds instead and are treated with shots.
  • Mistaken for Apocalypse: At the end of the episode "In the Beginning was the Word", Barry, suddenly woken up alone in the snow, thinks he is a Sole Survivor after The End of the World as We Know It.
  • Multi National Team: It's subtle and requires you to know Russian culture, but the cast of the show is actually quite diverse. Only Rosa and Krash don't have any distinct nationality: Olga is definitely Russian, Pin (and, apparently, Carlin, if his "true" surname "von Carlin" is any indication) is German, Dokko is Ambiguously Jewish (he even made a Golem in one episode), Chiko is stated at one point to be an Indochinese hedgehog (and in another episode, poses as a Georgian - as in Georgia the Caucasian country, not the US state), Barry's accent is Ukrainian, and Wally's appearance and personality invoke the partially African Alexander Pushkin.
  • No Antagonist: A deliberate decision by the creators, and unusual for a children's show. None of the nine characters can be considered "bad guys", and while they have conflicts, they're always temporary and simply arise from their diverse personalities. This sometimes gets subverted, and occasional new characters appear as antagonists (like Dokko's clone from "The Savage Clone" or Mole Agent 3630 from Deja Vu), but their appearances are limited to few episodes and/or movies.
  • No Ontological Inertia: Any catastrophe, from erupting volcano and devastating tornado to Rosa literally crying a river and the whole valley getting covered in chocolate, and up to sun getting turned off for a short time and the entire universe being erased from existence, leaves no lasting trace.
  • Opposing Combat Philosophies: "Soccer Game" two-parter has Barry and Dokko argue what is more important in association football: attitude or strategy. 4Kids dub of it, "Just For Kicks" even has the two compare the situation to Brains Versus Brawn. To decide who's right they assemble two teams for a game, which ends in a tie.
  • Own Goal: In the first half of "Soccer Game", Carlin (as the gatekeeper) got so distracted throwing the soccer ball between him and the opposing team's gatekeeper, Rosa, he didn't notice how he accidentally shot it in his own goal.
  • Pandaing to the Audience: A new panda character was introduced in the 3D shorts: Barry's niece Stepanida, but everyone calls her Pandy. Panda and Krash spin-off features another panda named HoHo as one of the main characters.
  • Parental Bonus: Tons of it.
  • Poorly-Disguised Pilot: "Runaway Rocket", a two-part episode of the main series, is a pilot to the PinCode spinoff, which, however, the creators didn't really hide as it says so in the new theme song made specifically for this episode.
  • Pluto Is Expendable: "Hero of Pluto" is about Dokko declaring a hunger strike in protest against Pluto's demotion. Seeing it, its residents decide not to blow up Earth in revenge.
  • Real After All:
    • Implied when the real Ded Moroz (Santa Claus in the English dub) apparently shows up as a shadow after the characters pretend to be him.
    • The same can be said for the Masked Minstrel, a character from the episode "A Story for Rosa". Rosa becomes terrified after hearing the story about him from Krash and Chiko, but Olga tries to assure her it's not real. At the end of the episode, Rosa meets Minstrel directly and stops fearing him.
    • Chikorini, Chiko's supposed distant relative, appears on a picture in "DNA", implying that he does exist and Chiko didn't make him up.
  • Ridiculously Cute Critter: Everyone from the main cast qualifies, especially Krash, Rosa and Barry.
  • Running Gag: Lots of those, including Krash's pink bench, which tends to be destroyed, Olga's beige trousers and Rosa's Tuzya plush.
  • Scary Stinging Swarm: Bees are often shown to be troublesome to the main cast.
    • This happens to Barry in "Barry's Hives", when he gets chased by a swarm of bees because the hives built by Krash and Chiko broke, and in "A Run of Bad Luck", this happens to both Barry and Carlin when former uses the latter to take some honey from them.
    • And again to Carlin and Olga in "Elixir of Youth" when they steal honey from mountain bees for their elixir.
  • Sensitive Guy and Manly Man: Dynamics between Chiko (sensitive) and Krash (manly as a pre-teen can be) and sometimes between Dokko and Barry.
  • Ship Tease:
    • Between Wally and Rosa. Even more so in the 4Kids dub, where one of the songs written for this dub, "Opposites Attract" has two singing about their relationship.
    • Carlin and Olga, two eldery birds, get some teasing as well in episodes like "Oh Ye Grateful" and "The Best Valentine Card in the Universe". Also helps that they often use terms like "my dear" and "honey" to each other.
  • Two Girls to a Team: Only two female characters out of nine — one for two of the three age categories, with the creators admitting that they forgot to introduce a "mother" character for the middle-aged category, though Olga fits the Team Mom criteria regardless. Downplayed in New Adventures, where Pandy was introduced in 23-rd episode.
  • Vicious Vac: In the episode "Vacuum Cleaner", the titular invention Dokko and Pin built to lay off chores, goes haywire, starts thinking the KikoRiki are dust and starts chasing them.
  • Wacky Racing: "The Big Race" episode, with Pin as the announcer, while other characters race in teams of two through the desert in oddly designed go-carts in "Double Desert Dash".
  • Where the Hell Is Springfield?: The exact location of KikoRiki Island has been a subject of speculation for years, and there hasn't been a definitive answer since. The island got a variety of landscapes: desert with many cacti, mountains with few active volcanoes, forest, jungle and sea at the same time, making it impossible to find a place on Earth that would have all of these. Dmitry Yakovenko, one of the lead writers, thinks Chamomile Valley would be somewhere close to Kazakhstan.

 
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Alternative Title(s): Smeshariki, Go Go Riki, Kiko Riki New Adventures

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