While we, Russian native speakers, are enjoying the video lessons of the polyglot Dmitry Petrov, I searched for cartoons with English subtitles. Here is some examples of Soviet and modern Russian animation from Youtube.
Золушка / Cinderella (1979)
I know, I do not need to repeat the plot. :) This cartoon is a classic Soviet animation. We could watch this cartoon online and free on Youtube.
Part 1 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=85Ww3-JigyY
Part 2 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PhPImBPmfT4&feature=related
Ёжик в тумане / The Hedgehog in the Fog (1975)
This is a classic Soviet / Russian animated short film. It is based on a story by Sergei Kozlov, directed by Yuri Norstein. In 2003 “Hedgehog in the Fog” won the “№1 Animated film of all the time” at “All time animation best 150 in Japan and Worldwide” contest in Tokyo, Japan.
However, not all people enjoy this cartoon. Some people believe that “Hedgehog” is too meditative and too complicated. So, I would like to hear some comments about this example of Russian /Soviet animation. Express yourself, do not hide your emotions. )))
Take a look at this link. This is a really great website with lots of children tales and poems. Some of them became adorable cartoons for kids. However, it has a pretty strange system of navigation. I could not figure out how to find direct link to each file. So, I copied the script of “Hedgehog in the fog / Ёжик в тумане” and made a pdf document. You can download it here.
Удивительная бочка / Strange vat (1983)
The plot is about how the Hedgehog and the Bear cub celebrate the coming of spring. The same characters (and the same author, Kozlov), but the style of animation is totally different.
To my regret, this cartoon has no English subtitles. So, I downloaded this story from hedgehoginmist.narod.ru and made a pdf document. A script is better than subtitles. To download it now click this link. Be free to play with Russain text, analyze grammar and memorize new words.
Маша и медведь / Masha and the Bear (2009)
(02 До весны не будить / 02 Don’t wake up until spring)
What can I say about this young lady who likes to jump in an old bucket? She is a main character of the hilarious and commercially successful series “Masha and The Bear”. The official website animaccord.ru/mim/eng.php says us that these series are inteneded for children between 3 and 9, but parents like them too.
Though the characters are familiar to the viewer from a famous Russian fairy-tale, a new twist to this old story will change the way people nowadays view this tale – the characters exist in our time, their lifestyle is both modern and absurd, their relationship is not of a little girl and a beast but of a grown-up and a child, a little person and an enormous world.
If you cannot find subtitles from the first view, then try and watch them on Youtube. Click the red CC button.
Самый страшный зверь / The most scary animal (2008)
This is a children’s film, which script is based on folk fairy-tales of Brazilian Indians. The author’s name is Dmitry Rezchikov / Дмитрий Резчиков. His blog is devon9.livejournal.com.
He said: “The story is about a cowardly rabbit, who was terribly ashamed of being such a coward, but when he met a huge hungry jaguar in the selva, he managed to outsmart him”. This film got the “Anima Mundi Itinerant Award” in Brasil.
If you find this subject interesting, then ask me for another Russian cartoons with scripts, subtitles or my own transcript. It is a fun and easy way to deal with Russian language. Good luck! :-)