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Three from Prostokvashino (1978)

Troe iz Prostokvashino (original title)
Little Fedor brings a cat to home despite his mother's distaste for cats. He runs away with his talking cat, to make more friends on the way.


Vladimir Popov (as V. Popov)


Eduard Uspenskiy (screenplay) (as E. Uspenskiy)




Cast overview:
Oleg Tabakov ... Matroskin the Cat (voice) (as O. Tabakov)
Valentina Talyzina ... Mother (voice) (as V. Talyzina)
Mariya Vinogradova ... Uncle Fyodor (voice) (as M. Vinogradova)
Boris Novikov ... Pechkin the Postman (voice) (as B. Novikov)
Lev Durov ... Sharik the Dog (voice) (as L. Durov)
German Kachin ... Father (voice) (as G. Kachin)


Uncle Fyodor, a very independent urban boy, leaves the parental home with his new pet and friend, the economic cat Matroskin. Friends come to the village of Prostokvashino, where they get acquainted with the local dog Sharik, who points them to a free house. Parents of Uncle Fyodor give a note in the newspaper about the missing boy. This is learned by the rural postman Pechkin, who surrenders the boy to his parents in the hope of receiving a reward - a bicycle. Written by Peter-Patrick76 (peter-patrick@mail.com)

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Uncle Fedor's mom Levon Khachatryan sketched with his wife, actress Larisa Myasnikova. See more »


Followed by School Holidays in Prostokvashino (1980) See more »

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Dull original novel turned into instant success by animators.
31 December 2016 | by levelclearerSee all my reviews

It was a strange thing about Uspensky's stories either "Сheburashka" or "Prostokvashino" that in written book form it was a kind of a psychotic adult graphomanic Jew humour pulp for kids, because nobody else gonna read this uneasy reading, but when his books sourced material for cartoons, it became an instant hit. In case with "Prostokvashino" success was reached from the second attempt. The first screening of "Prostokvashino" was cut out figures animation, and was unknown to me until this year 2016. But from the second attempt, when they used different animation style, remade the entire story according to the normal standards of the Soviet comedy, invited famous actors to dub the animals, the cartoon turned an instant hit. Imagine a 7 year old kid and a stray cat leave home, find an abandoned house in a distant village, a stray dog joins them, and they three start their own household. All economic issues are solved easily - they go outside the village, dig the earth and find a hidden treasure chest. A local postman becomes their antagonist. Finally parents get to know the location and take their kid home, while cat and dog stay to look after the house. In further series, mom and dad got to love the village , first dad, then mom, and to make their choice between sea beach and the village. The third part features Happy New year in village. This cartoon features the phenomena of soviet comedy, when you don't have to produce 500 parts like Tom & Jerry, but even 2 last parts can be excessive, because all super-catchphrases (like cat's "how wrong is your sandwich eating, you should turn your sandwich sausage down, for sausage contacts your tongue, that's much more tasty", or mom's "I thought cats are capable only of yelling on trees", or postman's "Why I was angry ? Because I didn't have a bicycle. But when I have a bicycle now I will start to grow much kinder and get a pet.", or dad's "I know you (mom) for a longer time, and this cat I see for the first time", or birds's "Who is there ?") are coming from the first part only, which can be considered as 20 minutes catchphrases concentrate. So first part is sizzling hot, second part is pretty hot, and third part is nicely warm. I can not remember any catchphrase from the third part I would even like to repeat. The general idea of the series is kids need pets and a call for village life. Also nuances of personal relationships are explored with soft kind humour, all time cat's sentence on dog: "Somehow it seems to me that we are feeding this dog in vain". With this message delivered with lots of kindness and humour the "Prostokvashino" series stand out as Soviet urban classics.

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