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Eastern European Animation refers to Animated Shows from Eastern Europe, which includes Russia and the now defunct Soviet Union, as well as most other ex-socialist European countries.note  Actually, classifying these as "shows" is very inaccurate; some of them are features, some are actual shows; most of them are isolated shorts that don't have a theatrical release. but do have initial airings on television. In fact, there were no animated shows in the Soviet Union; those that look like shows are series of loosely connected shorts, with long (sometimes over 10 years) intervals between "releases". Overall, network and medium seem to matter much less in Eastern European culture, at least to the average viewer — in part because there was only one thing to watch for so many years — so not making the distinction between features, shorts and series on this page is justified. However, the post-Fall era animation is more westernized in formal aspects, with a proper division into features, shows and shorts.


Bear in mind that just because it has the word "East" in the title does not make this trope not part of Western Animation. While cartoons from the former Soviet Block are often significantly different from their West Western counterparts, their stories usually follow similar premises and touch upon closely related subjects. It is the same continent after all.

See also Anime and Asian Animation.


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  • Večerníček (‘Little Eveninger’ in English) is a children's programme in which most of the following animated series were featured. Basically, every evening at 7 PM, it airs an episode. Once all episodes of said series are aired, it starts airing another one.
  • Bob And Bobek, two rabbits live in a magician's hat and go on various adventures. One rabbit is smart and hard-working, the other one is lazy and a bit thick (not unlike Chip 'n Dale).
  • Club of the Discarded
  • Fantastic Planet
  • The Foolish Frog
  • The Little Mole (Krtek)
  • The Little Witch
  • Max And Sally and the Phenomenal Phone (Mach, Šebestová a kouzelné sluchátko), about two children and a dog who find a torn-off telephone handset which grants them wishes
  • Maxidog Fik (Maxipes Fík), about a girl named Ája and her huge talking dog companion
  • Mr Krbec and his Animals (O zvířátkách pana Krbce), featuring the merry adventures at Castle Kulíkov of Mr. Krbec the Castle keeper and his friends Kokeš the Cat, Kukula the Owl, Kocanda the Jackdaw and the castle ghost, the spirit of Duke Ruprecht.
  • O Misto Na Slunci — first European cartoon to get an Oscar nomination for Best Animated Short Film
  • Pat and Mat, two middle-aged men live together and try to build something during an episode. Usually, all kinds of construction accidents and mishap happen, but for some reason, the end result is fine.
    • E.g. they bake Christmas cookies, they get flour everywhere, they burn the cookies to crisps, but realise these super-hard sweets can be used as tiles in their pavement.
  • Poppy Doll And Butterfly Bartholomew (O makové panence a motýlu Emanuelovi)
  • Staflik And Spagetka (Štaflík a Špagetka), tales of two dogs, a short-pawed, long-bodied black one and a tall white one with a shorter body.
  • Stories Of Amelia The Forest Sprite (Říkání o víle Amálce)
  • Rumcajs The Little Bandit Of The Forest (O loupežníku Rumcajsovi), about a cobbler who was banished from the city of Jičín by its uppish mayor Humpál and became a highwayman. He later has a wife called Manka and a son Cipísek.
  • The Tales Of Doggie And Moggie (Povídání o pejskovi a kočičce)
  • The thirteen Tom and Jerry, Deranged Animation shorts and part of a Western series.
  • The Vanished World of Gloves
  • Words, Words, Words...



    East German 
  • Red Cartoons, a collection of 16 shorts from the ’70s and ’80s. Each cartoon aims to make some benign point; and the stories can vary from the more universal ‘a man neglects a flower in order to reach a star, while a man in the sky does the opposite’ to the more concrete ‘people wearing gas masks because of the pollution emitted by a gas mask factory’.


  • Animat Planet Show
  • Miaunel and Balanel - shown on Nickelodeon in North America in the 1980s



References to Eastern European animation in other media:

    Live-Action TV 
  • Spoofed on The Fast Show with Chanel 9's strange and sadistic animation "Willy Ton Bastardo".

    Western Animation 

Alternative Title(s): Eastern Animation


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