Cheburashka is an iconic Soviet cartoon that remains wildly popular in Russia to this day. The series begins with the surprise arrival of Cheburashka to Moscow, hidden in a carton of oranges. He is an “animal unknown to science” and so is rejected from the zoo. However, soon enough he forms a special friendship with the Crocodile Gena. Over the course of four episodes, they experience several adventures. They build a house together, celebrate Gena’s birthday, attempt to go on a seaside trip, and, finally, enroll Cheburashka in school when it becomes clear he can’t read.
This series is full of memorable phrases and jokes which make it a valuable Russian learning resource. Each of the series’ four episodes come with English and Russian subtitles, so should be helpful and accessible for Russian language learners of all levels.
There were four Soviet Cheburashka episodes. You can find them all here on Russian Film Hub: