What Your National Cartoon Says About You
The Character: Cheburashka
The Synopsis: Cheburashka, a bear-monkey creature, occupies a world whose retiring inhabitants bemoan the fact that birthdays come but once a year. The waltzy soundtrack is vaguely like a mashup of Dr. Zhivago's and The Godfather's. One of the series' characters compares Cheburashka to a "defective toy."
The Takeaway: Cheburashka is a friend to the oppressed, the uncategorizable, the socially displaced, and the melancholy—i.e., future vodka drinkers.