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I don't know what anon meant by this thread, but I'm starting this off with a little nostalgia. I'm a post-Soviet bloc baby but I genuinely love Soviet media, especially for kids. The cartoons produced in this era aren't Disney-quality or whatever, but I thought they had so much heart. I loved that cartoon characters weren't sanitized; for example, Volk from Nu Pagady outright smoked and was a bona-fide 70s gopnik. It's hilarious, Western anons, check out some Soviet cartoons, a lot of them have little dialogue or subtitles.
Getting legit toys and merchandise for my parents was hard because they didn't live in a major city. So when I found a Vinni Pukh plushie a couple years ago, I got so happy. And it's such a good quality plush!
Any other anons have fond memories of Soviet media, or some good recommendations on anything?
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One of my favorite Soviet cartoons that I foundly remember was a kitten named woof, I don't really remember much of the story but I remember the characters been drawn so nicely.
I also remember nu pogodi, I always watched with my mom when I was younger!
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adding onto this with ezītis miglā, it's very atmospheric and somewhat creepy! Also kaķīša dzirnavas but I'm not sure if one could find it in English. I think soviet cartoons had much more varied visual styles and themes in comparison to their western counterparts. While the puppetry ones are my fav, I remember absolutely loathing krokodil gena when i was little bc of how sad it seemed to me. shapoklyak and her rat however are absolutely iconic!
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a few years ago I was trying to learn russian and I used to watch a ton of vinni pukh. my russian sucked so i had to watch with subs kek but it was really cute, thank you for reminding me of it.
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I'm from RF so I basically grew up on soviet cartoons and loved watching them. But there also were fairytale live-action movies, and oh did they have a heart in them and such a delicate, light humour! The best in my opinion are movies by Alexander Arturovich Rou (I personally recommend Morozko and Barbara the Fair with the Silken Hair), also this one is great https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aladdin_and_His_Magic_Lamp_(1967_film)
, and this https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Little_Mermaid_(1976_Russian_film)
is very aesthetic
Some of the drama and comedy movies were great as well. There actually is a whole official youtube channel with these movies in a good quality, and they have decent subtitles https://www.youtube.com/user/LenfilmVideo/videos
And don't forget Sherlock Holmes! It's a very wholesome show (pic related).
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based anon. The stylisation felt so authentic.
Does anyone remember these type of rubber toys? I miss them.
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and of course, you can't forget Nu Pogodi!
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I used to love Lolek i Bolek. I'm pretty sure you can find a lot of the eposides on youtube.
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soviet Sherlock Holmes is the shit! when i lived back home, we had this weird channel that would show old soviet films constantly, it was so calming to have it in the bg but i don't recall the names to most. Similarly to cartoons, it feels like the films have more soul to it but my favs are the nationally produced ones and I don't know if it's worth mentioning bc they probably aren't available in Russian or English. From russian ones though, Sluzhebnyy roman and the movies about Shurik are my favs, the one with Ivan the Terrible is a masterpiece. obvi can't forget ironiya sudbi every new years altho the plot makes me want to die haha>>23196
I remember everyone having these on those steel hooks at the rear of a car? that was very cute, should go back to it imo
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ayart, every year i watch it i feel worse and worse for ipolit like. I still watch it for tradition's sake and the atmosphere and the shitty tinsel-based new years decorations as i don't do much else for new years.
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Soviet postcards were so pretty and dirt-cheap, too. This is a little late, but the postcards for International Women's Day on March 8 are so cute, especially the ones intended to be given by kids.
In general, 70s Soviet Media is peak cozy-ness, everything from that era is so cute and special to me.
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Also, European squirrels are so much cuter than American squirrels. This is the hill I will die on.
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I really admire Soviet monuments and their style, especially for war tributes. I like that the style is unyielding and has an aura of sad severeness about it. Often, the monuments look like they were carved out of angular wood, but that's because the Eastern European sculptural style is derived from primarily wood carving.
I just have a lot of love for the immense emotion contained in the monuments. They are an entirely different beast than let's say, American monuments that are much less frank in conveying a tragedy.
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It's really hard to describe the feeling if someone hasn't been there physically. They're so heavy and powerful, yet so sad. And yeah, they're still propagandistic pieces (as war memorials inherently are) but something about them taps into an inexplicable feeling for me.
Pic attached is at a Baltic country I visited. The grassy area next to and in front of the monument was where the city's Jews' ashes were scattered during the Holocaust. Things like that chill you to the bones.
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I love that the stone is allowed to be stone, no need to make it look like something else. In this one, it seems like the sorrow of the event made the stone crack. The sadness seeps out and its depth is black and endless.