Sunday, February 22, 2009

Russian Love



Everyone knows about the brown ball of pure wonderment and awesomeness that is Cheburashka, but the Russian Winnie The Pooh is new to me. I can't get over how beautiful it is. Everything from the way the characters are drawn to the amazing backgrounds to the voices to the actual animation. I love how Winnie's feet actually detach from his body as he walks. (Hey, like Oliver Pikk now that I think about it!) And Piglet is just too cute. And I can't get over the backgrounds. I love that it throws perspective out the door and uses what looks like crayons of every color in every object. It almost looks like it was done by a Russian Eric Carle!

As much as I admire old school Disney, it's frustrating how most mainstream American animation can't escape the heritage of ol' Uncle Walt. Just like Kirby on American comics, or Tezuka on manga. It's so refreshing to see something completely outside of the visual language I'm used to.

6 comments:

Liger Null said...

Simply lovely.

The opening titles make me think of Joan Miro.

Calista said...

AMEN, Derek! Vinni Puh is amazing! Thank you for sharing!

agustin said...

hey derek, i really admire your work and it has proven to be an inspiration for mine, so keep it up. too bad you took down same difference from the site, i was hoping i could read it again (i live in argentina and the book is impossible to find in book shops or anywhere)

Brent said...

This is so cool. I love how it loosely follows the second storyline of the original movie. However, the characters don't look or act like the originals, it makes me wonder why the creator didn't just make his own creation. I have to admit the backgrounds are really great, and it just has so much charm!

Info for anyone who is going to have a kid: my daughter Suzie is a bona fide Pooh addict. The original movie is a masterpiece for its intended audience and even the original TV show is awesome. However, all 10 or so of the following movies are terrible to mediocre cash ins of a beloved icon.

experimation said...

Thanks for sharing this wonderful animation with us! Truly enjoyable and a lovely stylistic twist on a story we all know.

Aaron said...

I suppose there's no chance anyone is still reading this thread, but just to set the record straight...

Brent---

"This is so cool. I love how it loosely follows the second storyline of the original movie. However, the characters don't look or act like the originals..."

Disney's Winnie the Pooh cartoons are no more original than the Russian ones. I would assume that the Russian cartoons, like the American ones, are based on the book Winnie-the-Pooh by A.A. Milne, which is where Winnie the Pooh first appeared. The Russian and American cartoons are different interpretations of the same work; they are both "their own creations."