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Many Russian fairy take characters inspired Russian writers, poets, animators, and film directors. One of the favorite characters of Russian children is The Humpbacked Horse - konyok-gorbunok (The Magic Horse or The Little Magic Horse.) This is one of the main characters of large fairy tale poem with the same title, written by Russian poet Pyotr Pavlovich Yershov. The large part of the plot of "Konyok-gorbunok" is based on fairy tale "Tsarevitch Ivan, the Fire Bird and the Gray Wolf". The titular little horse helps Ivan, a peasant’s son, carry out the many unreasonable demands of the tsar. During his adventures, Ivan captures the beautiful magic firebird for the tsar, keeps his magic horse, and finds his love, Tsar-Maid (Princess). At the end, the princess and the peasant’s son live happily for many years after.

A brilliant Soviet/Russian animated feature film The Humpbacked Horse (Konyok Gorbunok), based on Yershov's poem directed by Ivan Ivanov-Vano and produced by the Soyuzmultfilm studio in Moscow was made in 1947

The Malachite Lady

Urals folklore greatly contributed to the collection of fairy-tale stories The Malachite Casket (“Малахитовая Шкатулка”), written by a Russian writer and folklore specialist Pavel Bazhov. After the World War Bazhov lived and worked in Yekaterinburg and life in Urals as well as Ural factory folklore became a basis of his most famous work – the collection of fairy tales "The Malachite Casket".

One of the most powerful characters of the "The Malachite Casket" collection is a Lady of Copper Mountain (The Malachite Lady ), a protector of gems and stones in the Urals. She bestows the ability to find such treasures only on those who please her. The Malachite Lady appears as a beautifule woman or a crowned lizard.

Tales from Bazhov collection made the plot of numerous Russian cartoon and feature films, ballet by Sergei Prokofiev "The Tale of the Stone Flower ".

Among Russian fictional characters most favorite are: Cheburashka, The Golden Fish, Buratino and others.

Cheburashka is a fictional character from a very popular children's book by Eduard Uspenskij. He is also a protagonist of animated films by Roman Kachanov. Cheburashka is small furry creature, unknown to science, who grew up in a tropical forest, and was accidentally brought to a city in crate of oranges. Having a friendly personality Cheburashka soon makes friends with crocodile named Gena, who works in a zoo as a crocodile. Other friends make Luion Chandr, puppy Tobik and a school girl Galya. Their plans and adventures are often interfered with a mischievous old lady Shapoklyak, who finally becomes Cheburashka and Gena friend as well. The cartoon series include: Gena the Crocodile (1969), Cheburashka (1971), Shapoklyak (1974), Cheburashka Goes to School. The songs from the cartoons "Such a Pity that One's Birthday Happens Only Once a Year" and "The Blue Train Car," are hits among the Russian children.

Cheburashka was the official mascot for the Olympic games in Moscow in 1980.

Golden fish

The Golden Fish is a character from "The Tale of the Fisherman and the Fish" by Russian writer Alexander Pushkin. The tale is about a fisherman who manages to catch a "Golden Fish" which promises to fulfill any wish of his in exchange for its freedom. The image of the Golden fish has contributed to Russian culture and is still taken as a symbol of wealth and luck. A well known saying from the tale "Остаться у разбитого корыта" (to be left with nothing; to be back where one started; left with the ruins) has become a Russian proverb The storyline is similar to the Russian fairy tale "The Greedy Old Wife" (according to Vladimir Propp) and the Brothers Grimm's tale "The Fisherman and His Wife".

Buratino is Russia's answer to Pinocchio, the main character of the book "The Golden Key, or the Adventures of Buratino" (1936) by Aleksey Nikolayevich Tolstoy. He is a long-nosed wooden puppet which was carved by Papa Carlo, a poor barrel organ player, from a log and then suddenly came to life. According to Tolstoy, he had read Pinocchio as a child, but, having lost the book, he started re-imagining it many years later in an attempt to come up with a series of bedside stories for his own children. The resulting story turned out to be so original and became so loved by the writer's children, that he decided to put it to paper and publish it. Buratino became a cult character in the Soviet Union and a 1975 film called "The Adventures of Buratino" was wildly popular.

Buratino even became a trade mark of a Soviet lemonade, was a host of popular TV program for children, a hero of numerous tales, plays, and even wing words. Expression "wealthy Buratino" from the film "The Adventures of Buratino" means narrow-minded people that get rich by chance.

Winnie-the-Pooh, created by by A. A. Milne was made popular among the Soviet junior readers by a Soviet poet and children's writer Boris Zakhoder. The writer had first seen a book about Winnie the Pooh by Alan Miln in 1958. He liked it so much and decided to make it known to Russian readers. On July 13 1960 Boris Zakhoder published a book about Winnie the Pooh. 9 years later a favorite Soviet cartoon series by director Feodor Khitrook were created. The director made Winnie merry and carefree, whereas it was a thoughtful and dreamy character according to the book. Even though Zakhoder considered that Feodor Khitrook misrepresented the main hero, he admitted it was the best cartoon interpretation.

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