A Soviet cult cartoon, so untypical for a Western viewer, especially, a little one. A boy named Malysh ("A Little One") suffers from solitude being the youngest of the three children in a ... See full summary »

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Klara Rumyanova ...
Malysh (voice) (as K. Rumyanova)
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Karlson (voice) (as V. Livanov)
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A Soviet cult cartoon, so untypical for a Western viewer, especially, a little one. A boy named Malysh ("A Little One") suffers from solitude being the youngest of the three children in a Swedish family. The acute sense of solitude makes him desperately want a dog, but before he gets one, he "invents" a friend - the very Karlson who lives upon the roof. So typical for the Russian culture spirit of mischief, which is, actually, never punished, and the notion that relative welfare not necessarily means happiness made the book by Astrid Lindgren and its TV adaptations tremendously popular in the Soviet Union and nowadays Russia and vice versa - somewhat alienated to the Western reader and viewer (see User's comments below). However, both the book and the cartoon are truly universal - entertaining and funny for the children and thought-provoking and somewhat sad for grownups. Written by Anonymous

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Karlson: I came to your cake... I mean birthday.
Malysh: Hello Karlson.
Karlson: Hello Junior. What have you got?
Malysh: Cake.
Karlson: What with?
Malysh: With eight candles.
Karlson: No, I'm not eating this. What is this?
[scoffs]
Karlson: One cake and eight candles! EIGHT CAKES and one candle would be better!
Malysh: Trust me Karlson... happiness is not made of cakes.
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Funny, but could be harmful for kids
18 August 2009 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

Indeed it's a very fun cartoon to watch, the actors made the cartoon characters come to life and there were many memorable moments. However, there are some moments in the film that adults may not notice but which may be somewhat harmful to a young viewer. To make a long story short, it shows kids a role model, a role model doing something bad. There are several scenes where a kid starts crying for petty reasons (such as not getting a dog on his birthday) and many parts where the kid is sitting on a window sill or walking on the roof (which may lead a young viewer to believe that these activities are safe). Anyway, if you're old enough to be able to see what's good and what's bad, it's definitely a fun film to watch. If you're young and take everything in, I recommend against it.


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