Wednesday, May 30, 2007

"Winnie the Pooh" -- Soviet Style

From time to time TAG gets accused of being communist (my participation in the Great Patriotic War to Save Vietnam from the Reds to the contrary.) So we present... the Soviet animation industry's answer to Disney's "Winnie the Pooh."

In case you're wondering, Milt Kahl didn't animate on this version of the Milne tales. In fact, it's doubtful that Ivan Kahl worked on it.

The moral of this little fable: Don't overstay your welcome. A lesson the Soviets failed to learn in Afghanistan, and we failed to learn ... elsewhere.

We can only hope that Disney and the Milne family got their cut of the profits from the Workers' Paradise ...back when it was the Workers' Paradise.

1993 Peg-Board logo, by Tom Sito
The 1993 Peg-Board logo, by Tom Sito. © by the Animation Guild. Click on the thumbnail for a full image.


Anonymous said...

Your post is a bit offensive to the artists, don't you think? And Millions of people grew up with this Winnie and love him to this day. To be honest, its much better then watered down, generic, and completely devoid of character Disney's version. Russian speaking folk will sure appreciate the hilarious dialog and the amazing voice work of some of the best acting talent of the time. Great character design, great art, great writing.
I guess you can tell its one of my favorites.


Steve Hulett said...

Making friends and influencing people. That's our motto.

Anonymous said...

Very cool short. Thanks for posting it.

By the by, I'm trying to figure out what part of the above is offensive to the artists who worked on it. Too many people with too thin skin.

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