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Five Peculiar Soviet Cartoons for the Holidays

Since it’s that time of year again, readers with (or without) an interest in the Soviet Union could use recommendations for Soviet cartoons to watch over the holidays that are the antithesis of the usual Santa-Claus fare.

An outlet for entertainment, propaganda, social commentary and artistic expression, animation was a huge business in the USSR. Arguably, animated films can tell more about the Soviet Union than some history books. Many of them continue to exert vast cultural influence to this day.

The list below attempts to look beyond blockbusters like Gena the Crocodile or "The Bremen Town Musicians" to highlight a few artistic curiosities from the late Soviet period, the era of stagnation (застой) and perestroika in politics, but of creativity in film. This hall of cartoon fame starts and ends with Russia, as it was the most prolific producer of animations.

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Five Peculiar Soviet Cartoons for the Holidays

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