Watch Soviet Animations of Winnie the Pooh, Created by the Innovative Animator Fyodor Khitruk

Note: To activate subtitles, click the CC icon at the bottom of the video.

In 1962, the animator Fyodor Khitruk made his directorial debut with Story of One Crime, a film that broke with a Soviet tendency to make imitations of Disney-style animations. The film, as The Guardian explained in its 2012 obituary for the animator, came as a shock. It was stylistically simple and dealt with themes that Disney films would never touch — like, why would a polite clerk murder two housewives with a frying pan?

Khitruk made other films that were packed with social commentary, often taking aim at abuses in the Soviet system. But, he also made straightforward animations for children, none more famous than his series of films based on AA Milne’s beloved Winnie the Pooh books.

Created between 1969 and 1972, Khitruk’s three films star a bear named “Vinni-Pukh” who looks nothing like the Winnie the Pooh that Westerners grew up with. (You can see the original illustrations of Pooh by E.H. Shepard here.) But viewers will certainly recognize the storyline and spirit of the original Pooh in the Soviet adaptations. For decades, these films have enchanted East European viewers, both young and old. And they still occasionally appear on Russian TV.

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Above, you can watch the three animations online. They appear in the order in which they were released: 1) Winnie-the-Pooh (Винни-Пух, 1969), 2) Winnie-the-Pooh Goes on a Visit (Винни-Пух идет в гости, 1971); and 3) Winnie-the-Pooh and the Day of Concern (Винни-Пух и день забот, 1972).

As noted up top, you might need to click the “CC” icon at the bottom of the YouTube videos in order to activate the subtitles. Unfortunately, we can’t vouch for the accuracy of the translations.

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  • patriciadawn says:

    brilliant story lines by A.A.Milne brought to russian life. I love the brown russian bear, piglet,owl and Eeyore all over again and learn a russian word or two!

  • Jan Young says:

    How absolutely delightful! Thank you for translating these wonderful stories. I think Russians, young and old, enjoy these stories as much as I do. Thanks again.

  • Jean-Sophia Kramer says:

    Best animation I ever watched – wish there are more than 3 episodes. Each episode is so rich in detail and dry humour, it just gets better with multiple viewing. Vinni Pukh and his friends deserve more recognition as some of the most lovable animation characters ever created, thank you for sharing these YouTube videos and spreading the joy!

  • klo says:

    This version is awesome! It is a “must see”, plus the singing and voices brought and instant smile to my face. I LOVED IT!
    Beautiful animation, very unique drawings, and that Piglet is super sweet.
    Thanks for sharing this!

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