50 favorite Soviet cartoons that will take you back to your childhood

The best short Soviet cartoons

1. Once upon a time there was a dog

  • USSR, 1982.
  • Comedy.
  • Duration: 10 minutes.
  • KinoPoisk: 9.1.
Frame from the cartoon “Once upon a time there was a dog”

The cartoon by Eduard Nazarov retells the Ukrainian folk tale about the dog , who decided to prove his worth to the owners and agreed with the wolf to stage the kidnapping of the child. Everyone probably knows the legendary phrases “I’ll sing right now” and “Come in if that happens.”

2. Last year’s snow fell

  • USSR, 1983.
  • Fairy tale, comedy, adventure.
  • Duration: 20 minutes.
  • KinoPoisk: 8.7.

One of the most beloved New Year cartoons by the audience tells about a stupid man, whom his wife sent to the forest for a Christmas tree, and he ended up in a fairy tale. What this plasticine hero did not meet on his way. But the Christmas tree has not been found.

3. Wow, talking fish!

  • USSR, 1983.
  • Comedy.
  • Duration: 8 minutes.
  • KinoPoisk: 8.3.
A frame from the cartoon “Wow, talking fish!”

One of the most famous works of the Armenfilm studio is dedicated to a strange and terrible creature named Eeh. The villain wants to deceive a gullible old man, but a very talkative young man turns out to be visiting him. Everyone loves this cartoon for its incredible abstract humor and amazing animation.

4. Magic ring

  • USSR, 1979.
  • Fairy tale, adventure.
  • Duration: 19 minutes.
  • KinoPoisk: 8.3.
Frame from the cartoon “The Magic Ring”

Ivan is a very poor but kind guy. Time after time, he goes to the market to sell his things and earn money, but in the end he trades them for animals. However, one day, good deeds still help him get rich, and the selfish princess immediately decides to take advantage of this.

5. Flying ship

  • USSR, 1979.
  • Fairy tale, musical.
  • Duration: 18 minutes.
  • KinoPoisk: 8.3.

The tsar wants to marry his daughter Zabava to boyar Polkan. But she is mutually in love with the chimney sweep Ivan. To rescue the bride, the hero must build a flying ship.

6. Bag of apples

  • USSR, 1974.
  • Story.
  • Duration: 20 minutes.
  • KinoPoisk: 8.3.


A kind hare is picking apples for his big family. But the crow flying behind him arranges dirty tricks and interferes with the hero in every possible way.

7. Hedgehog in the fog

  • USSR, 1975.
  • Fairy tale, parable.
  • Duration: 10 minutes.
  • KinoPoisk: 8.2.
Frame from the cartoon “Hedgehog in the Fog”

In one of the most philosophical Soviet cartoons, the Hedgehog goes to visit his friend Bear cub, but gets lost in the fog. There he meets various unusual creatures and at the same time reflects on the meaning of life.

8. Mom for a mammoth

  • USSR, 1981.
  • Fairy tale, adventure.
  • Duration: 8 minutes.
  • KinoPoisk: 8.2.
Frame from the cartoon “Mom for a Mammoth”

Hearing the title song of this cartoon, even adults cannot hold back their tears. After all, the story tells about a mammoth who spent many years in permafrost and woke up when all his relatives had long since died out. And the young hero goes to look for his mother.

9. – Look at you, Maslenitsa!

  • USSR, 1985.
  • Comedy, fairy tale.
  • Duration: 8 minutes.
  • KinoPoisk: 8.2.
A frame from the cartoon “Look, Maslenitsa!”

A greedy landowner takes away a pot of oil from the old people. But those have a witty grandson who decides to restore justice. The main thing is to be able to convince well.

10. Plasticine crow

  • USSR, 1981.
  • Comedy, fairy tale.
  • Duration: 9 minutes.
  • KinoPoisk: 8.1.
Frame from the cartoon “Plasticine Crow”

Three short sketches to the songs of Grigory Gladkov tell about the landscape, still life and portrait, as well as what can be observed from the window. But the most famous part is the hilarious version of the well-known fable of the crow and the fox.

11. Wings, legs and tails

  • USSR, 1985.
  • Comedy.
  • Duration: 4 minutes.
  • KinoPoisk: 8.1.
Frame from the cartoon “Wings, legs and tails”

A very short but very funny sketch introduces viewers to an ostrich and a vulture, who are arguing which is more important: wings or legs? But the lizard has its own answer to this question.

12. Dog in boots

  • USSR, 1981.
  • Comedy, adventure.
  • Duration: 20 minutes.
  • KinoPoisk: 8.0.
Frame from the cartoon “Dog in Boots”

Everyone knows the story of D’Artagnan and the Three Musketeers . But in this cartoon all the characters are dogs, and their enemies, which is logical, are cats.

13. Big Wow

  • USSR, 1989.
  • Fairy tale, adventure.
  • Duration: 10 minutes.
  • KinoPoisk: 8.0.

The cutest alien lands in the forest. Thanks to his excellent hearing, he can hear a lot of interesting things. And at the same time helps casual acquaintances and finds new friends.

14. Vovka in Far Far Away

  • USSR, 1965.
  • Fairy tale, adventure.
  • Duration: 19 minutes.
  • KinoPoisk: 8.0.
Frame from the cartoon “Vovka in Far Far Away”

Vovka, an idle schoolboy, finds himself in a book of fairy tales. But in vain he thinks that life will be easy there. He will have to stop saying “And so it will do” and learn to finish everything to the end.

15. Santa Claus and summer

  • USSR, 1969.
  • Fairy tale, adventure.
  • Duration: 19 minutes.
  • KinoPoisk: 7.9.
Frame from the cartoon “Santa Claus and Summer”

Having set off next winter to deliver gifts, Santa Claus finds out that there is some kind of “summer” in the world that he has never heard of. Then he goes to the city in the warm season, but he overheats too much.

16. Snowman mailer

  • USSR, 1955.
  • Fairy tale, adventure.
  • Duration: 20 minutes.
  • KinoPoisk: 7.9.
Frame from the cartoon “Snowman-mailer”

This cartoon was invented by the famous Vladimir Suteev based on his own fairy tale. The children are building a snowman to deliver a letter to Santa Claus. But on the way, an evil wolf, a fox and an owl are waiting for him.

17. Little Raccoon

  • USSR, 1974.
  • Fairy tale, adventure.
  • Duration: 9 minutes.
  • KinoPoisk: 7.9.

Little Raccoon goes for sedge on his birthday. But along the way he meets a monkey who scares him with a story about who is sitting in the pond. Although in reality there is nothing to worry about.

18. Nutcracker

  • USSR, 1973.
  • Story.
  • Duration: 27 minutes.
  • KinoPoisk: 7.8.
Frame from the cartoon “The Nutcracker”

An incredibly beautiful work by Boris Stepantsev retells Hoffmann’s tale to the classical music of Pyotr Alekseevich Tchaikovsky.

19. Golden antelope

  • USSR, 1954.
  • Story.
  • Duration: 31 minutes.
  • KinoPoisk: 7.6.

A poor orphan boy saves a magical antelope that can make gold with a kick of its hoof. But the insidious raja wants to get a wonderful animal and get rich.

20. Octopuses

  • USSR, 1976.
  • Comedy.
  • Duration: 10 minutes.
  • KinoPoisk: 7.6.

A funny story in verse about how difficult it is for octopus parents to live with kids who change color all the time.

21. Cinderella

  • USSR, 1979.
  • Story.
  • Duration: 17 minutes.
  • KinoPoisk: 7.7.
Frame from the cartoon “Cinderella”

The cartoon briefly retells the classic fairy tale by Charles Perrault about a modest girl who, with the help of a fairy, secretly gets to the ball. The prince falls in love with her, but Cinderella is forced to run away as soon as the clock strikes midnight.

22. How the lion cub and the tortoise sang a song

  • USSR, 1974.
  • Fairy tale, musical.
  • Duration: 9 minutes.
  • KinoPoisk: 7.7.
A frame from the cartoon “How the lion and the turtle sang a song”

Lion cub Rrr-Meow walks through the forest and hears a song performed by a big turtle. And they decide to sing it as a duet.

23. Thumbelina

  • USSR, 1964.
  • Fairy tale, adventure.
  • Duration: 30 minutes.
  • KinoPoisk: 7.6.
Frame from the cartoon “Thumbelina”

The cartoon based on the fairy tale by Hans Christian Andersen tells about a girl no more than an inch tall. She lives on her adoptive mother’s dressing table. But one day Thumbelina is stolen by an evil toad in order to marry her son.

24. Boniface’s Vacation

  • USSR, 1965.
  • Adventures.
  • Duration: 21 minutes.
  • KinoPoisk: 7.3.
Frame from the cartoon “Vacation of Boniface”

The circus lion Boniface goes on vacation to Africa. But even there he continues to entertain the kids with his creativity.

The best Soviet animated series and cycles

1. Winnie the Pooh

  • USSR, 1969.
  • Story.
  • Duration: 11 minutes.
  • KinoPoisk: 8.7.
Frame from the cartoon “Winnie the Pooh”

The main characters of the trilogy of cartoons based on the book by Alan Alexander Milne visit each other, celebrate Donkey’s birthday and try to get honey from bees. For all the naivety of the plot, the wise statements of Winnie the Pooh, speaking in the voice of Yevgeny Leonov, have long been dispersed into quotes.

2. Three from Prostokvashino

  • USSR, 1978.
  • Comedy, adventure.
  • Duration: 19 minutes.
  • KinoPoisk: 8.7.
Frame from the cartoon “Winter in Prostokvashino”

The boy, whose name is Uncle Fyodor, meets the cat Matroskin. Together they run away from their parents to the village of Prostokvashino to live on their own.

In total, three classic episodes of the cartoon were released, and in 2018 a modern continuation of the story started. But still, viewers love old stories much more.

3. Well, wait a minute!

  • USSR, Russia, 1969–2006.
  • Comedy.
  • Duration: 2 seasons.
  • KinoPoisk: 8.6.
A frame from the cartoon “Well, wait a minute!”

One of the most popular Soviet animated series tells about a funny confrontation between the hooligan Wolf and the modest and quick-witted Hare.

There were originally 16 episodes. In the 1990s, two more were filmed using old recordings of the voice of the already deceased Anatoly Papanov. In 2006, two more episodes were added with new voice actors. And in the future they plan to restart the story, adapting the plot to the new times.

4. Umka

  • USSR, 1969.
  • Fairy tale, adventure.
  • Duration: 10 minutes.
  • KinoPoisk: 8.2.
Frame from the cartoon “Umka”

The naive bear cub Umka meets a Chukchi boy. The young heroes become friends, but soon people leave the area. In the sequel, Umka decides to find his new friend and goes to the polar station.

5. Kitten named Woof

  • USSR, 1976–1982.
  • Adventures.
  • Duration: 1 season.
  • KinoPoisk: 8.2.
Frame from the cartoon “Kitten named Woof”

A cute kitten with an unusual name Woof made friends with the puppy Sharik. Together they learn to share sausages and not be afraid of thunderstorms and come up with a secret language.

6. Koloboks are investigating

  • USSR, 1986.
  • Comedy, detective.
  • Duration: 21 minutes.
  • KinoPoisk: 8.1.
A frame from the cartoon “Coloboks are investigating”

A rare striped elephant has been stolen from the zoo. But the great detectives , the Kolobok brothers, take up the search.

7. Kid and Carlson

  • USSR, 1968.
  • Comedy.
  • Duration: 20 minutes.
  • KinoPoisk: 8.1.
Frame from the cartoon “The Kid and Carlson”

A free retelling of Astrid Lindgren’s fairy tale is dedicated to the Kid, who meets Carlson – “a man in the prime of his life.” He loves to misbehave and loves jam. And Carlson has a propeller behind his back.

8. Bremen town musicians

  • USSR, 1969.
  • Fairy tale, musical, adventure.
  • Duration: 20 minutes.
  • KinoPoisk: 8.1.


The musical cartoon, in which almost all the parts were performed by Oleg Anofriev, tells about the Troubadour and his animal friends. They arrange the escape of the princess in love from the palace.

Four years later, the sequel “In the Footsteps of the Bremen Town Musicians” was released. And in 2000, they tried to continue the series with the third part, but the audience did not like it.

9. Adventures of Captain Vrungel

  • USSR, 1976–1979.
  • Adventure, musical.
  • Duration: 1 season.
  • KinoPoisk: 8.1.
Frame from the cartoon “The Adventures of Captain Vrungel”

The famous David Cherkassky made a musical version of Andrey Nekrasov’s book. The story of the theft of an ancient statue and spy games were added to the main plot. Cherkassky also combined animation with filming the real sea.

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10. Crocodile Gena

  • USSR, 1969.
  • Fairy tale, adventure.
  • Duration: 20 minutes.
  • KinoPoisk: 8.0.

Roman Kachanov retells the story of friendship between the crocodile Gena and a strange creature named Cheburashka, who was found in a box of oranges.

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11. How the Cossacks played football

  • USSR, 1970.
  • Adventures.
  • Duration: 19 minutes.
  • KinoPoisk: 8.0.
Frame from the cartoon “How the Cossacks played football”

The trinity of Zaporizhzhya Cossacks constantly gets involved in some kind of adventure. For example, he arranges sports matches with representatives of different countries.

A series of cartoons by Vladimir Dakhno began with the episode “How the Cossacks Cooked Kulesh”, but the heroes gained mass popularity after the release of a story about football. The director himself released nine parts. And in 2016, after the death of the author, the story was continued with the cycle “Cossacks. Football”.

12. House for Kuzka

  • USSR, 1984.
  • Fairy tale, adventure.
  • Duration: 19 minutes.
  • KinoPoisk: 8.0.


Little brownie Kuzya settles in an apartment in a high-rise building and makes friends with seven-year-old Natasha. But the backstory of the hero is already told in the second of the four cartoons “The Adventures of a Brownie”.

13. Return of the Prodigal Parrot

  • USSR, 1984.
  • Comedy, adventure.
  • Duration: 10 minutes.
  • KinoPoisk: 8.0.
Frame from the cartoon “Return of the Prodigal Parrot”

The schoolboy Vovka has a parrot Kesha with an intolerable character. He loves attention and gets into trouble all the time. But at the same time, it always returns to its owner.

At the beginning of the 2000s, they also tried to continue this story, adding new plots to the three classic series. But the audience did not appreciate them.

14. Shake! Hello!

  • USSR, 1980.
  • Fairy tale, adventure.
  • Duration: 9 minutes.
  • KinoPoisk: 7.9.
A frame from the cartoon “Shake! Hello!”

Stories about the friendship of the Hedgehog and the Bear cub based on the fairy tales of Sergei Kozlov were filmed by various directors, but the cartoons of Yuri Butyrin became the most famous. In them, the heroes give each other daisies, are treated for colds in winter and launch toy boats.

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15. Alice in Wonderland

  • USSR, 1981.
  • Fairy tale, adventure.
  • Duration: 30 minutes.
  • KinoPoisk: 7.8.
Frame from the cartoon “Alice in Wonderland”

A psychedelic cartoon based on the fairy tale by Lewis Carroll tells about a girl Alice who ran after a white rabbit and fell into an incredible Wonderland where literally anything can happen.

In 1981, three cartoon series were released. A year later, Alice Through the Looking Glass was filmed.

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16. On the road with clouds

  • USSR, 1984.
  • Fairy tale, adventure.
  • Duration: 9 minutes.
  • KinoPoisk: 7.7.


The cheerful Monkey invites the saddened Tiger Cub for a walk. On the way, they meet many friends and just have fun. Later, the story of the heroes was continued in the cartoons “A Gift for the Elephant” and “Treasure”.

17. Adventures of the cat Leopold

  • USSR, 1975–1987.
  • Comedy, adventure.
  • Duration: 1 season.
  • KinoPoisk: 7.7.
Frame from the cartoon “The Adventures of Leopold the Cat”

The famous confrontation between a good-natured cat and harmful mice began with the cartoon “Revenge of the Cat Leopold”, where the hero drank the medicine “Ozverin”, but the series acquired a familiar visual series only from the third episode about the search for treasure.

A total of 11 cartoons about these heroes were released. In the latter, the mice stole Leopold’s car, which turned out to have many unusual features.

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18. Uncle Au

  • USSR, 1979.
  • Fairy tale, adventure.
  • Duration: 19 minutes.
  • KinoPoisk: 7.6.
Frame from the cartoon “Uncle Au”

In three episodes of this cartoon, the forester Uncle Au argues with his reflection, grows a tree, watering it with soup, and then gets out of the forest into the city.

19. Elusive Funtik

  • USSR, 1986.
  • Fairy tale, adventure.
  • Duration: 10 minutes.
  • KinoPoisk: 7.6.
Frame from the cartoon “The Elusive Funtik”

The four-episode cartoon tells about the pig Funtik, who escaped from the evil lady Belladonna, who forced him to collect money by deceit. The young hero joins the circus of Uncle Mokus, but the former owner wants to return Funtik to herself at all costs.

20. Puck! Washer!

  • USSR, 1964.
  • Sports.
  • Duration: 21 minutes.
  • KinoPoisk: 7.6.
A frame from the cartoon “Puck! Puck!

Arrogant professionals from the Meteor team and friendly newcomers Vympel meet on the ice. And their confrontation continues in the next cartoon “Rematch”.

In addition, director Boris Dezhkin created many other sports cartoons dedicated to skiing, boxing and football.

21. Kapitoshka

  • USSR, 1980.
  • Fairy tale, adventure.
  • Duration: 9 minutes.
  • KinoPoisk: 7.3.
Frame from the cartoon “Kapitoshka”

The kind young Wolf meets Kapitoshka, a raindrop. The characters do not immediately find mutual understanding, but then they become true friends.

The cartoon ends rather sadly. But in 1989, a more positive continuation of Come Back, Kapitoshka! came out.

The best full-length Soviet cartoons

1 Treasure Island

  • USSR, 1988.
  • Adventures.
  • Duration: 107 minutes.
  • KinoPoisk: 8.1.


Young Jim Hawkins finds a map and sets sail to find the treasure. But it turns out that pirates have wormed their way into the ship’s crew.

David Cherkassky retells the classic novel by Robert Lewis Stevenson in a comedic way, sometimes going into outright phantasmagoria.

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2. Twelve months

  • USSR, 1956.
  • Fairy tale, adventure.
  • Duration: 55 minutes.
  • KinoPoisk: 8.0.
Frame from the cartoon “Twelve Months”

The arrogant queen announces: whoever brings her a basket of snowdrops will receive the same basket of gold. That’s just what happens in the winter. But the modest girl, who is sent to the forest by her evil stepmother, meets at the edge of the forest for all 12 months. And they decide to help her.

3. The secret of the third planet

  • USSR, 1981.
  • Fantasy, adventure.
  • Duration: 50 minutes.
  • KinoPoisk: 8.0.


Young Alice sets off with her father and Captain Zeleny in search of rare animals for the zoo. However, instead they have to unravel the mystery of the disappearance of two captains and even fight space pirates.

Initially, there were three captains in Kir Bulychev’s story “Alice’s Journey”, and the plot twisted much more complicated. But after the appearance of the popular cartoon, the author rewrote the book, creating a lighter children’s version.

4. Snow Queen

  • USSR, 1957.
  • Fairy tale, adventure.
  • Duration: 64 minutes.
  • KinoPoisk: 7.9.
Frame from the cartoon “The Snow Queen”

The evil Snow Queen kidnaps the boy Kai. His sister Gerda sets off on a quest, encountering many difficulties along the way and making new friends.

5. Mowgli

  • USSR, 1973.
  • Adventures.
  • Duration: 90 minutes.
  • KinoPoisk: 7.2.
Frame from the cartoon “Mowgli”

One day, the wolves find a human child and decide to raise him as a member of the pack. Mowgli lives among the animals, learns from the bear Baloo and the panther Bagheera. But the tiger Sherkhan is hunting him.

Initially, the cartoon came out in the form of five short episodes, but then they were assembled into one full-length picture.

Of course, even in such a large list it is impossible to fit all the wonderful examples of domestic animation. Therefore, if you have not found your favorite cartoon, tell us about it in the comments.

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