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Soviet series of books by Eduard Uspensky and animated puppet stop-motion shorts about Cheburashka, critter of ambiguous nature who is a friend of Gena The Crocodile who works in a zoo (as a crocodile).
All four of the shorts are available with English subtitles on Youtube:
Book and shorts provide examples of:
- Cartoon Creature
- Credits Brand Products: in the first short
- Cross-Dressing Voices: Shapoklyak's voice actor is male in Gena the Crocodile.
- I Just Want to Have Friends
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Shapoklyak, ultimately
- Lean and Mean: Shapoklyak
- Non-Human Sidekick: Lariska the rat, to Shapoklyak
- Plot Hole: in the first short Cheburashka comes to Gena's place because he read an ad about him looking for friends on the bulletin board. Later, he read a sign about scrap metal collection. And then the fourth short is all built around Cheburashka being unable to read.
- Ridiculously Cute Critter
- Ridiculously-Fast Construction: "house for friends" was built in ten days
- Road Sign Reversal: one of the Shapoklyak's pranks
- Villain Song: Shapoklyak