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Cats and Dogs in Russian Culture


Cats and dogs are frequent characters in Russian cinema. There are a number of dramas and literary adaptations that feature dogs, whereas cats are more common in cartoons and children’s movies.

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Cats and Dogs

German Shepherd Mukhtar from Come Here, Mukhtar! (Ко мне, Мухтар!), 1965. A drama film directed by Semyon Tumanov, starring Yuri Nikulin.

Scottish Setter from White Bim Black Ear (Белый Бим Чёрное ухо), a 1977 Soviet drama film directed by Stanislav Rostotsky. It is based upon the book of the same name, written by Gavriil Troyepolsky. The film was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Fo

Vesnukhin’s Dreams (Фантазии Веснухина), a 1977 Soviet TV comedy directed by Valerii Kharchenko. A first-grader Kirill tries to train his cat in order to perform in the circus.

Airedale Terrier Ressi from The Adventures of Electronic (Приключения Электроника), a 1979 Soviet children's science fiction TV miniseries, directed by Konstantin Bromberg.

Leopold the Cat (Кот Леопольд, Kot Leopold), 1975 – 1987.

A Kitten Named Woof (Котёнок по имени Гав), 1976 – 1982.

Bobik visits his friend Barbos (Бобик в гостях у Барбоса), 1977.

Matrosskin, the cat, and Sharik, the dog, from Three from Prostokvashino (Трое из Простоквашино), 1978 – 1984.

Faithful Ruslan (the story of a guard dog), a 1992 Ukrainian –Swedish drama film, directed by Vladimir Khmelnitskii. Based on the book of the same name, written by Georgy Vladimov.

Space Dogs (Белка и Стрелка. Звёздные собаки), 2010.