During the Cold War era, no one was surprised if an American phenomenon also could be found in Soviet – Maybe just a little bit different. Let’s meet the Soviet version of Winnie the Pooh.

I saw Vinni Pukh (RUS Винни-Пух), the first time when I was walking through a park in Moscow. I didn’t understand the greatness of Vinni Pukh, until now.

As with Winnie the Pooh, Vinni Pukh get into tender adventures and troubles. That’s not strange since the inspiration for both characters came from the same author – A. A. Milne, who made the famous books about the teddy bear.

Vinni Pukh was created but a Moscow based movie studio by the direction of Fyodor Khitruk. The Soviet version didn’t last as long as the American. Instead, three short animated movies were released between the years 1969-1972. The Soviet version had the side characters Piglet, Rabbit, and Eeyore. Christopher Robin and Tiger weren’t represented. The animation has a more drawn look and is easier than the American version, and Vinne Pukh is also more straightforward. But the problems and inventions for finding honey are similar.

What’s interesting is that Fyodor Khitruk said in an interview for The Moscow Times in 2005, that he never saw the Disney version. And lucky is that. Now we have two different versions from the same source of inspiration!


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