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Smeshariki (GoGoRiki)
Smeshariki.jpg
Logo (in Russian) and characters. Back row, L to R: Bobo, Olga, Doco, Chiko, Pogo, Bigo. Front row, L to R: Rosa, Wolli, Otto.
Genre Cartoon series
Directed by Denis Chernov
Voices of (See article)
Composer(s) Mariya Landa
Sergey Vasilyev
Country of origin  Russia
Language(s) Russian / English / German / Ukrainian
No. of episodes 31 (cartoon shorts) (List of episodes)
Production
Producer(s) Ilya Popov
Running time 6 min., 30 sec. (cartoon shorts) (including 20 sec. intro)
Broadcast
Original channel Russia STS (Russia)

United States The CW (The CW4Kids)
Germany KI.KA

Ukraine Inter
First shown in  Russia
Original airing Russia July 7, 2004

United States September 27, 2008
Germany December 8, 2008

Ukraine April 15, 2009
External links
Official website

GoGoRiki, known in the Russian Federation as Smeshariki (Russian: Смеша́рики), is a Russian animated television series consisting of 208 episodes of 6 minutes and 30 seconds each, aimed at children of 3 to 8 years. The first episode premiered in Russia on July 7, 2004. English-language distribution rights to the series were acquired by 4Kids Entertainment from worldwide distributor Fun Game Media, Munich[1] and began airing as part of The CW4Kids block on The CW on September 27, 2008.[2] Fun Game Media is also producing a German version, named Kikoriki, scheduled to air on KI.KA on December 8, 2008.[3][4]

The Smeshariki (the name is derived from "smeshnye" meaning "funny", and "shariki" meaning "little balls") are stylized rounded animals. Each of the 10 characters has a unique personality and a range of interests with no negative characters among them. Plots are built not on the battle of opposing forces but on the unexpected situations the animated characters stumble upon in their interactions deemed similar to the ones that children may encounter in their everyday lives. Much attention was devoted to the humor in the series, some of which has attracted adults as well.

GoGoRiki began its second season in the US on August 22, 2009.

Contents

Creators

The series was created as part of the cultural-educational project "World Without Violence" as part of the federal program "Forming bulwarks of tolerance and preventing extremism in Russian society". It is made with the help of the Ministry of Culture of the Russian Federation and with the participation of the company "Master-Film" at the computer animation studio "Peterburg", which was created in March 2003 specifically for Smeshariki.

  • Artistic supervisor: Anatoliy Prokhorov
  • General producer: Ilya Popov
  • Co-producers: Aleksandr Gerasimov, Vyacheslav Mayasov
  • Leading director: Denis Chernov
  • Leading writer: Aleksey Lebedev
  • Art director: Salavat Shaykhinurov
  • Composers: Marina Landa, Sergey Vasilyev

Characters

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Pogoriki/Krosh/Jumpy (rabbit)

Pogo firmly believes that everything in the world must be interesting and fun. He loves doing adventurous things such as hiking in the mountains (series "Good News") and diving for treasures. He does not like to fulfill his promises if it is difficult ("Hives of Boboriki"). He once lost his entire crop of carrots to a slot machine ("Big Whoop"). Even his house reflects his character: it has two entrances, with an outside ladder leading to the second one on which it is possible to run up.

Russian's name Krosh (Russian: Крош) means the traditional Russian nickname of rabbit.

  • Voice: Anton Vinogradov (Russian) / Dan Green (English)

Chikoriki/Yozhik/Joshi (hedgehog)

Quiet and behaved. He is not adventurous like his friend Pogo; this is because those adventures almost always end poorly for him ("Good news"). He tries to fulfill all of his promises, no matter how unpalatable they are ("Promises"). Unlike Pogo, he believes in Father Frost ("Operation "Father Frost">). His house is in the form of a mushroom and is surrounded by a small garden with apples. Chiko likes to collect various things, and this once almost cost him his friendship with Pogo ("Collection"). He likes to grow cactuses. He looks for them in the desert, where the Big Races take place.

Russian's name Yozhik or Ezhik (Russian: Ёжик) formed from the word Yozh (Russian: Ёж, hedgehog) with Russian suffix -ik (-ик), which mean "a little".

Rosariki/Nyusha/Pinky (pig)

Wants to become a princess. More than anything else, she likes to beautify herself and read books about princes and knights ("A Prince for Nyusha"). She's afraid of scary stories ("A Scary Story for Nyusha" aka "Scary Stories"). She dreams of becoming a beauty queen ("Miss Universe"). Can't cook blintzes, but is learning how to ("Maslenitsa"), and one time went on a submarine to look for pirate gold as ballast ("Ballast") aka "Treasure Hunt". She loves when guests come to visit her, rather than when she comes as a guest to someone else's place ("How to Quickly Gather Friends" aka "It's About Time"). She seems to be attracted to Wolliriki.

Russian's name Nyusha (Russian: Нюша) means a little name from Russian Anastasiya, Anna or Tanya girl names. Also it can mean Piggy (as rhyme for Hryusha (Russian: Хрюша)).

  • Voice: Svetlana Pismichenko (Russian) / Bella Hudson (English)

Wolliriki/Barash/Fluff (ram)

A poet. He loves to create poetry, though it doesn't always come to him. He sometimes goes to extraordinary lengths to find inspiration ("Play, Soccer!"). Wolli is a "night owl" in that he goes to sleep late and wakes up late ("Live Clocks"). He's afraid of heights ("Talisman"). He dabbles in music sometimes, though sometimes with poor results ("La"). Sometimes through outside circumstances he finds himself in an adventure ("Goodbye, Fluffy"). He feels that becoming sick is a good thing. Wolli appears to be attracted to Rosa in turn, but is much less outgoing about it.

Russian's name Barash (Russian: Бараш) means a cute ram

Bigoriki/Kar Karych/BigBig (crow)

An artist in the widest sense of the word. Sometimes, his artistry leads to some bad results: for example, he once hit a goal into his own net because he tried to hit a goal into the opposing net in an artistic way ("Football, First Time"). He believes that one should sleep during the day as well. One time this helped Otto, who took a nap while steering a seaplane which then accidentally picked up the skeeping Bigoriki in his rocking chair ("Flights in Dream and Feel") aka "Dreams in the Sky". Bigo once destroyed eight telegraph devices with a hammer that Pogo and Chiko found in Otto's stores, after they started communicating with each other exclusively through them ("The Telegraph"). His house is peculiar in that it is painted only on the front. Despite being a crow, he appears incapable of flight. Though the characters ages are unknown, both he and Olga appear to be the oldest.

Russian's name Kar Karych (Russian: Кар Карыч) stands for name and patronymic. "Kar" means Caw. So, i supose, he can be named Caw Cawson.

Olgariki/Sovunya/Olga (owl)

She is the doctor of the village. She can cure anything, though she often tends to misdiagnose illnesses. She lives in the den of a big tree on a high hill in the north-east of the country. She teaches Rosa how to cook pancaкes ("Pancake week") and had a book of recipes for almost any occasion until Rosa accidentally ruined it. If anyone is depressed, she tries to raise their spirits ("Plywood Sun"). She can be a bit scatterbrained at times, as she often tries to do many things at once. As with Bigoriki, she, too, appears incapable of flight.

Russian's name Sovunya (Russian: Совунья) formed from the word Sova (Russian: Сова, owl) with Russian suffix -unya (-унья), which mean "attend to", "someone who does it".

  • Voice: Sergey Mardar (Before voice - Svetlana Pismichenko) (Russian) / Jessica Calvello (English)

Ottoriki/Pin (penguin)

A self-taught inventor who speaks with a German accent. He constructs anything from anything and doesn't care how well it works; to him, the process is the most important thing. He once constructed a garbage incinerator that ate half of his own fence and notebook and Chiko's doormat ("The Energy of the Snore"). This machine helped them later when they found in their lagoon several dozen barrels of oil which were leaking ("Small Big Sea"). He made a computer for Docoriki ("Triumph of Reason"), a lawn mower for Boboriki ("Repair is a Collective Job"), a snowmobile for himself ("Where Does the Old Year Go?"), a fireworks machine ("Day of Fairness"), a robot for Pogo and Chiko, whom they couldn't take ("Metallic Nanny"), and the robot Robo. He has an irrational distaste for gaspacho, a soup traditionally served chilled (which Otto considers wrong, as he feels soup should be hot). He sleeps in a specially-equipped refrigerator which stands in his home.

RoBo/Bibi (robot)

An intelligent robot whom Ottoriki created. First he learned everything that Ottoriki could teach him, and then disappeared ("Roboriki and His Dad"). After some time he came back and it was found out that he had been in space and had come to visit for a little while ("Roboriki's Holidays"). After some time Ottoriki decided to go and look for him ("Cosmic Odyssey").

Docoriki/Losyash/Eldoc (moose)

A real scientist. His home is filled with books and a computer built by Otto. He can predict the weather ("Meteorology") and the future ("A Gift of Fate"). At the time of Pogo's, Chiko's and Wolli's ascent up the mountain, he had a communication station at his home, with the second belonging to Pogo ("Good News"). He tends to be quite patronizing when explaining something to someone, though he does often know what he's talking about.

Russian's name Losyash (Russian: Лосяш) formed from the word Los' (Russian: Лось, moose) with Russian suffix -yash (-яш), which mean "little", "cute".

Voice: David Wills (English)

Boboriki/Kopatych/Berry (bear)

A bear farmer, capable of growing everything except pineapples. It's he who grows the best carrots for Pogo, some mushrooms for Chiko, and the best cherrys for the pirogs of Bigo. He has several fields adjoining his property, on which he grows wheat and fagopyrum. Otto sprays them with insecticide them with his seaplane ("Flights in Dream and Feel"), and it is there that Chiko drew his portrait. Bobo owns several beehives and has occasional honey binges, which isn't good for him because he is allergic to it.

Russian's name Kopatych (Russian: Копатыч) formed from the word Kopat' (Russian: Копать, to dig, to shovel) with Russian patronymic suffix -ich (-ич or -ыч)

Voice: David Wills (voice actor) (English)

Supporting Characters

  • Shadow Prince Loveamore

A character from a ghost story that Pogo and Chiko had told to Rosa; she later encountered a mysterious stranger who might have been the handsome prince (although it isn't made clear if the meeting actually took place or if it was just a dream of Rosa's). From the cartoon "Scary Stories." He makes cameo appearances in other episodes.

Voice: Eric Stuart (English)

  • The Iron Nanny

A robot which Ottoriki invented, but it went out of control due to its programming; it sees everyone as a toddler and treats them as such. Seen in two episodes: "Movie Madness" and "What a Chore".

Minor characters

  • Docoriki's Evil Clone

A clone of Docoriki, whom Doco had created years ago; his personality is arrogant and destructive, just like Doco's used to be. From the cartoon "Double Doco."

Voice: David Wills (voice actor) (English)

  • Lily

A pretty female hedgehog whose picture Chiko found in the ocean near the shore; Chiko believed that she was real and needed to be rescued, but later found out that the picture was just a label from a lemonade bottle. From the cartoon "Sweet Lily."

  • The Professor

A Scientist that is related to Docoriki. She told Rosariki about how to make a magic make a wand in a dream.

  • Pluto Aliens

Seen in the episode "Pluto's Hero", they gave Doco a planet badge for going on a hunger strike to protest Pluto no longer being considered a planet. They also planned to destroy the Earth in retaliation for the insult, but Doco managed to talk them out of it. Voiced by Eric Stuart (English)

Feature film

On January 24, 2007, it was announced that a Smeshariki feature film is being made by the St. Petersburg company "Marmelad-media" (which owns the brand) for a planned release of late 2009.[5] An initial budget of $1 million was given to produce a "test film" to show to international partners. According to Marmelad-media's general director Ilya Popov, the final budget will depend on a number of factors, such as whether the film is made in 2D or 3D and whether it will be sold internationally (in which case the budget would be up to $15 million) or limited to Russian theatres (in which case it will cost around $3–4 million). If the film is limited to Russia, Popov considers spending anything over $5 million to be unprofitable (the highest-grossing Russian animated film to date, Ilya Muromets and Nightingale the Robber, cost $2.5 million and made just under $10 million;[6] since around half of the profits usually go to the distributors, if it had cost over $5 million it would not have been profitable).

Episodes

Changes in the 4Kids adaptation

Characters' names are changed. References to Russian culture are removed or sometimes changed to more American things. The episode "Operation Father Frost," is changed to "Operation Santa Claus" to Americanize the show. Some instances of Russian text (mostly the characters names when written) have been changed to English to make the show understandable for American children.

References

  1. ^ "GoGoRiki confirmed for fall 2008". http://app.quotemedia.com/data/newsItem.htm?webmasterId=92403&storyId=12531148&topic=KDE. Retrieved 2008-08-11. 
  2. ^ "4Kids announces fall 2008 Lineups for Fox and The CW". http://biz.yahoo.com/iw/080903/0429959.html. Retrieved 2008-09-05. 
  3. ^ Fun Game Media: News. Retrieved December 7, 2008.
  4. ^ KI.KA. Sendungen von A-Z. "KIKORIKI". Retrieved December 7, 2008.
  5. ^ Anastasia Vasilyevna (2007-01-24). Смешарики» выходят на широкий экран" (in Russian). РБК daily. http://www.rbcdaily.ru/2007/01/24/media/264138. Retrieved 2008-11-02. 
  6. ^ (Russian)Ilya Muromets and Nightingale the Robber profile at Kinoafisha.ru. Accesesed on: November 20, 2008.

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