Zlydni / Злидні

Zlydni (Злидні) is a Ukrainian short animated film from 2005. The title translates to “poverty,” though actually it refers to a mythological Slavic creature that is thought to bring misery and poverty into the home...

Helpful Hints / Корисні підказки

Helpful Hints (Корисні підказки) is a contemporary Ukrainian cartoon. It premiered in 2013 and airs on PlusPlus (ПлюсПлюс), a Ukrainian children’s/family TV channel that is part of 1+1 Media, one of the main Ukrainian domestic channels....

Tatarmultfilm

Since 2009, the Republic of Tatarstan has begun to develop its own native animation industry—meaning that Tatar language-learners (and Tatar children) have a new source of material at their disposal. Many of the cartoons are...

Hedgehog in the Fog / Ёжик в тумане

Hedgehog in the Fog (Ёжик в тумане) is a 1975 Soviet short animated film. It’s rather dark and philosophical, and not exactly meant for children; but even if you can’t understand every word, it’s beautiful...

Filemon the Cat / Kot Filemon

The Strange World of Filemon the Cat (Dziwny świat kota Filemona) and The Adventures of Filemon the Cat (Przygody kota Filemona) are two connected Polish cartoon series from the 1970s and ’80s. The Strange World aired from...

Mordziaki

Mordziaki is a Polish children’s series. It is part animated, part puppet, and part live action, depending on which characters are being depicted. It aired from 1993 all the way to 2000, yet there are only nine...

King Matt the First / Król Maciuś Pierwszy

King Matt the First (Król Maciuś Pierwszy) is a Polish–French–German animated children’s series, with dubbed versions in each language. It’s based on the children’s book of the same name, by the Polish writer Janusz Korczak, first...

Fantazy the Bear / Miś Fantazy

Fantazy the Bear (Miś Fantazy) is a Polish children’s cartoon series. It was quite long-running, from 2008 to 2015, but there are still somehow only 13 episodes and one season. Each episode is about 13...

Mami Fatale

Mami Fatale is a Polish children’s series that aired from 2013 to 2014. It consists of two seasons, each with 13 10-minute episodes. It was produced by Studio Miniatur Filmowych—the classic Polish animation studio that...

Parauszek and Friends / Parauszek i przyjaciele

Parauszek and Friends (Parauszek i przyjaciele—though “Parauzek” is translated as “Flapper” in the show’s English-language teaser) is a Polish children’s puppet show that aired in 2013 and 2014. There are two seasons and 26 episodes,...

Cheburashka / Чебурашка

Cheburashka (Чебурашка) is one of the great classics of Russian culture (one could say). The cartoons, which basically all Russians and Russian language students know and love, aired between 1969 and 1974. The Cheburashka episodes are actually a...