A young caterpillar yearns to fly like the butterflies and birds, but cannot launch himself high enough to do so - until a couple start playing badminton nearby.

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A young caterpillar yearns to fly like the butterflies and birds, but cannot launch himself high enough to do so - until a couple start playing badminton nearby.

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Quite funny, as well as a bit wistful and bittersweet.
14 October 2002 | by See all my reviews

Given the nature of its premise and the country of origin being Russia, it's a fairly logical guess that the title is a reference to Yuri Gagarin, the Russian cosmonaut who became the first man to climb into a glorified tin can and be shot into orbit around the Earth. This is a very cute, often funny and sometimes poignant cartoon about getting what you wish for. That it doesn't always turn out as you wish it to is the ironic twist here. This can be found on one of the Spike and Mike Festival of Animation compilations and is well worth looking for. Highly recommended.


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