This Is Ours

This Is Ours and This Is Yours (Це – наше і це – твоє) is a contemporary Ukrainian cartoon series. It airs on PlusPlus (ПлюсПлюс), a children’s TV channel in Ukraine that also airs other cartoons such as Helpful Hints (Корисні підказки). The episodes are about a minute long.

The show aims to imbue children with national pride. Each episode—there are 25 in the first season—presents a different facet of Ukraine, demonstrating something to be proud of: the world’s largest aircraft, Europe’s largest salt reserves. The show is narrated by three adorable colored shapes.

The series was part of a project by the Ukrainian Ministry of Education and Science. As part of the project, children sent in letters to the show’s producers telling them what they were proud of about their country. This led to the second season of the show, This Is Ours and This Is Yours: Through the Eyes of Children (Це – наше і це – твоє. Очима дітей), which presents some of the ideas from these letters. Some of the topics included Ukraine’s natural beauty, its stores of coal, and its rich cultural traditions, including dance, traditional patterns, and pottery. In addition to the two main seasons of the show, there is a special Christmas series, about Ukrainian Christmas traditions.

The show is part of a broader campaign to increase knowledge of and pride in Ukraine. There is a series of notebooks based on the show, and its website features a quiz testing one’s knowledge of strange and interesting facts about Ukraine.

 

The show’s website on TV channel PlusPlus.

 

An episode from the first season:

 

An episode from the second, children-inspired season:

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.