Adventures of Captain Vrungel

The Adventures of Captain Vrungel (Приключения капитана Врунгеля) is a Soviet Russian-language cartoon. It aired between 1976 and 1979 and consists of 13 episodes, each about 10 minutes. It tells of the adventures of the eponymous Captain Vrungel—through song and dance as well as standard narration. The series is based on the book of the same name by Andrey Nekrasov (Андрей Некрасов), a Russian/Soviet writer.

In the first series, the main character, Christopher Bonifatevich Vrungel, is introduced. A former sea captain, he gets the opportunity to take part in an international sailing competition: he and the other participants will sail yachts around the world. He and his friend and helper Loma build their yacht, called Victory (Победа), but before they can even start the voyage, an accident turns the ship’s name into Trouble (Беда). The rest of the series tells of Vrungel’s and Loma’s adventures on their journey around the world, and the obstacles they face on their way to victory.

As usual for Soviet cartoons, a highly acclaimed team of creatives took part in the series. The main actor, Zinoviy Gerdt (Зиновий Гердт), was an acclaimed theater and film actor, and was a People’s Artist of both the RSFSR (Russian Soviet Federative Socialist Republic) and the USSR. Evgen Paperniy (Євген Паперний, in Ukrainian), who voiced Loma, was also a People’s Artist of the Ukrainian SSR and of independent Ukraine.

The cartoon was produced by Kyivnaukfilm (Київнаукфільм), a Soviet animation studio based in Ukraine but primarily operating in Russian.


Director: David Cherkasiy (Давид Черкаський)
Voice actors: Zinoviy Gerdt (Зиновий Гердт), Evgen Paperniy (Євген Паперний), Georgiy Kishko (Георгий Кишко), Grigoriy Shpigel (Григорий Шпигель), Semyon Farada (Семён Фарада), Aleksandr Burmistrov (Александр Бурмистров), Eduard Nazarov (Эдуард Назаров), Beniamin Smekhov (Вениамин Смехов)
Studio: Kyivnaukfilm (Київнаукфільм)


The first episode of The Adventures of Captain Vrungel, 1976:

Julie is currently studying Russian as a Second Language in Irkutsk (and before that, Bishkek) with SRAS's Home and Abroad Scholarship program, with the goal of someday having some sort of Russia/Eurasia-related career. She recently got her master’s degree from the University of Glasgow and the University of Tartu, where she studied women’s dissent in Soviet Russia. She also has a bachelor’s degree in literature from Yale. Some of her favorite Russian authors are Sorokin, Shishkin, Il’f and Petrov, and Akhmatova. In her spare time Julie cautiously practices martial arts, reads feminist websites, and taste-tests instant coffee for her blog.