I will not be surprised if the Little Creature would start speaking in Russian one of these days. Who knows, whatever it is that he’s babbling about these days, he must be babbling in Russian already.
He and I stumbled upon Masha and the Bear animated series while we were browsing through YouTube, while watching the Green Gummi Bear, Despicable Me Minions and Baby Einstein.
I did some research and found out that the animated series is based on a Russian folk tale of the same title. In the folk tale, Masha, the precocious child outsmarted the bear who wanted to keep her in his home. In the animated series, there’s this energetic, bouncy, mischievous little girl darting back and forth, here, there and everywhere, most of the time driving her animal friends, especially Bear (Mishka), nuts.
I guess one of the reasons why I love Masha and the Bear so much is because Masha’s antics, her quick little footsteps, her giggling, her curiosity, her boundless energy and of course, her bangs, remind me of the Little Creature. Probably, a lot of parents see their kids in Masha (and themselves in the Bear).
“Mishka! Mishka!” Masha calls her friend. I did some more research (ok, I’m officially obsessed!). Is it in reference to the 1980 Moscow Olympics Bear Mascot?
Watching the series in Youtube over and over has become our nightly ritual. I don’t even know anymore if we’re watching it for the Little Creature or for me.
All I could hear are lots of “zhvdskys” and “nyhks” and “shchkas” from Masha (Matryoshka! Babushka! Tetris! Perestroika! Ushanka! Eh, these are the only Russian words I know. Oh, wait, “medved” is bear, right?) but the show succeeds in getting the humor, charm, innocence, friendship, and good-naturedness across and in breaking down language barriers.
If I could understand Russian, or if only there are episodes in English (Action item for hubby: find out please!), I’m sure, whatever Masha is saying is even funnier.
Look at that funny face. It’s just oozing with cuteness.
Masha laughing makes the Little Creature laugh, too, especially during the opening sequence.
Masha sticking out her tongue makes the Little Creature laugh even harder.
Masha loves lollipops shaped like a rooster.
I love it when Masha says, “Oi! Oi! Oi!”
Masha in an Ushanka! What a delight!
Watching Elmo and Pocoyo every night with the Little Creature would drive me crazy but I could watch Masha and the Bear over and over and over.