Winnie the Pooh: Soviet version of popular cartoon hits British screens after nearly 50 years

19:51 • 14.05.17



He’s missing the mischievous demeanour, the dots for eyes and the trademark too-small red T-shirt but this, believe it or not, is Winnie the Pooh – Soviet style.


With a rusty hue, large eyes and dark brown face and extremities, he is a very different looking character from the one brought to life by the Walt Disney cartoons.


His name is Vinnie Pukh and he was created by filmmakers under the Communist regime for three animated films made between 1969 and 1972. Now the Russian bear is about to make his debut in Britain, in a special version of the 1969 film with voices provided by a stellar cast that includes Sir Derek Jacobi, David Suchet and Miriam Margolyes, the Daily Mail reports.

The Russian films were made after the Walt Disney studio – which had purchased the rights to Pooh from the estate of author AA Milne, who wrote the original Pooh stories – granted the Soviets permission for an adaptation in a rare gesture of Cold War detente.


Disney has given permission for the new film to be shown at a festival of Soviet animated films in London in February next year.


Sir Derek will be the narrator, while Poirot star Suchet plays Ia – or Eeyore – and Miriam Margolyes is Sova, or Owl. The voice recordings began last week and will take months to complete.

 

Winnie the Pooh was adapted for a Soviet audience for three films between 1969 and 1972 

Disney has now given permission for the 1969 Soviet film to be shown at a London festival

Winnie the Pooh is replaced by Vinnie Pukh along with Sova, Russian for Owl

The popularity of animator Fyodor Khitruk's films earned him praise from the Soviet leadership

 

 

 

 

 





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