Back in the late ’60s, the Russians made their own Winnie the Pooh cartoons. They’re pretty good! Here’s one with subtitles in case your Russian is rusty.

Though the story is about the same, they made an interesting and I think quite successful major change: they bagged Christopher Robin.  This removes a lot of the twee elements of Milne, and more importantly removes a character who looks down on Pooh.  Pooh is somehow funnier and easier to take when he’s the smartest character onstage.  Plus I like the voice acting for Pooh, not overly childish.

This is another argument for not letting media corporations keep characters under copyright hostage forever.  We don’t miss what we don’t see, and so we’re not aware of what we miss out on with long copyrights– stuff like these Russian cartoons.

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