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Masha and the Bear

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Masha and the Bear

Genre Adventure, comedy

Created by Oleg Kuzovkov
Country of origin Russia
No. of seasons 3
No. of episodes 64
Running time 7 minutes
Animaccord Animation Studio
Distributor Animaccord Animation Studio
Russia 1, Carousel, Teletoon,
Treehouse TV (Canada)
Original network Cartoonito, Boomerang and
Milkshake! (UK)
Cla 4 (Ireland)
Original release January 18, 2009 present
External links
Official English

Masha and the Bear (Russian: , Masha i Medved; IPA: [m i

mdvet]) is a Russian animated television series created by Oleg Kuzovkov and
produced by Animaccord Animation Studio (Moscow, Russia), loosely based on
the oral children's folk story of the same name. The show focuses on the
adventures of a little girl named Masha and a fatherly bear that always keeps her
from disasters. The first episode How They Met was released on the 18th of
January, 2009.[1]
The series has been translated into 25 languages[citation needed] and was broadcast in
more than 100 countries.[citation needed] The series was released on Netflix and
through NBCUniversal.[2]

Many of the episodes have been successful on YouTube; in particular, one copy
of the video " " ("Recipe for Disaster", in English version) has
received over 2.2 billion views, making it the site's sixth most viewed video of all
time, and the most viewed video on YouTube that is not a music video.[3][4] The
remaining top ten most viewed Masha and the Bear videos are: "Bon Apptit",
with over 850 million views; "Laundry Day", with over 790 million views; "La
Dolce Vita", with over 620 million views; "The Foundling", with over 570 million
views; "Hocus-Pocus", with over 470 million views; "Two Much", with over 430
million views; "One, Two, Three! Light the Christmas Tree!", with over 400
million views; "Little Cousin", with over 390 million views; and "Home-Grown
Ninjas", with over 300 million views.[5][6]

The show consists of two full seasons, with 26 episodes each. The first three
episodes of the third season have been launched recently, and the additional 23 are
in work at the moment, to be released over the next three years.[7]

For the first season in English, Elsie Fisher the voice of Agnes, the youngest of
the three girls in the Despicable Me films was chosen to dub the voice of

1 Plot
2 Sources
3 Production
4 Voice actors
5 Music
6 Awards and achievements
7 Mobile apps
8 Episodes
9 Characters
o 9.1 Masha
o 9.2 Bear
o 9.3 Masha's Pets
o 9.4 The Wild Animals
o 9.5 She-Bear
o 9.6 Dasha
o 9.7 Panda
o 9.8 Whiskers n' Stripes
o 9.9 The Black Bear
o 9.10 Penguin
o 9.11 Father Frost
10 Spin-off
11 See also
12 References
13 External links

Masha is a Russian girl who lives in the forest with her pig, goat and dog. All the
animals in the forest are afraid of her as she forces them to play with her. One
morning, Masha sees a butterfly and inadvertently follows it inside the home of a
bear who has gone fishing. While playing there, she makes a big mess. When the
Bear returns, he sees the disaster caused by Masha. The Bear tries to get rid of
Masha, but he is unsuccessful, and he and Masha become friends.

In each episode of the show, Masha is portrayed as a smart, very kind and
mischievous little girl who is exploring the world through a number of
entertaining situations where she demonstrates her assertiveness, being absolutely
fidgety, whereas the kind-hearted Bear always keeps Masha out of trouble but
often ends up the unintended victim of her mischief. There are several supporting
characters in the series, including Masha's cousin Dasha, a penguin adopted by the
Bear, a young panda cub from China who is the Bear's cousin, two wolves who
live in an old UAZ ambulance car, a tiger that worked with the bear in the circus,
and a Female Bear that is the object of the bear's affections, along with a hare,
squirrels and hedgehogs, and a pig (Rosie), goat, and dog who live in Masha's
front yard.

According to the project's director, Denis Chervyatsov,

Masha was based on a real person... In the 1990s, the project's artistic director,
Oleg Kuzovkov, was on holiday when he saw a little girl on the beach. The child
was so ingenuous and open that she could easily walk up to a stranger and play
chess with him or pick up his flippers and go swimming. However, after a few
days, the vacationers began to hide...[8]

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The series' production has been handled domestically at Animaccord Animation

studio since 2008.[8] The scenario for each episode is written by Oleg Kuzovkov,
creator of the cartoon. Then the storyboarding is developed in accordance with the
script and, in general, consists of at least 2000 slides. After the team finalizes the
plot of an episode, the work for the 2D animatic kicks off. At this stage, animators
define the duration of each scene in an episode, how characters are placed in it
and interact with each other. After this step of the production is finished, the
episode is passed for dubbing. Dubbing must be completed before 3D animation
is applied, as the 3D animators need to know the characters' dialogue, intonations,
and emotions in advance in order to keep their lip movements synchronized to the
audio and make their facial expressions look realistic.[9]

3D animation

The 3D animation process begins right after dubbing has been finished. Animators
manipulate all the movements that happen during the scenes, such as opening
doors, taking books from bookshelves, and creating all the bodily movements
required to bring the characters to life.


Rendering brings all the above-mentioned processes together. Renderers colorize

grey 3D models and add such details as the Bears fur, Mashas hair, etc. They
create the lighting and weather in the scene as determined by the script.


Composing is the final stage of production, where the composers review all scenes
of an episode, checking the color intensities, smoothing the edges of 3D models,
and bringing all the components together to form a complete episode. Then the
work is approved by the director and script-writer and uploaded to the show's
official YouTube channel (MashaBearTV).

Voice actors
Masha, her cousin and Father Frost are the only characters who speak. The others
communicate through pantomime or wordless sounds.

For the first two seasons, Mashas voice in the original Russian version was
performed by Alina Kukushkina, who was 6 years old when she began to dub
Masha. For the third season (seven years later in 2015), the officials of
Animaccord studio confirmed that the new voice of Masha would be 6-year-old
Varvara Sarantseva. The show's sound designer, Boris Kutnevich, provides the
voice of The Bear. Mark Kutnevich provides the voice of The Hare.

For the English version, Elsie Fisher the voice of Agnes in the Despicable Me
films dubbed the voice of Masha in the first season.[2] In subsequent seasons
Masha was dubbed by Rebecca Bloom (ep. 2739) and Angelica Keamy (ep. 40

The music for each episode is written by Russian composer Vasiliy Bogatirev.
Most of the songs used in the cartoon, such as the soundtracks of Laundry Day
and The Grand Piano Lesson episodes, became very popular in Russia and
abroad.[citation needed]

Awards and achievements

In January 2015, the cartoon was included into a list of "TV Shows
Destined to be Classics," which was compiled by the cartoon industry's
periodical Animation Magazine to mark its 250 issue.[1]
In February 2015, Masha and the Bear won a 2015 Kidscreen Award for
Best Animation in the Creative Talent.[10]
In October 2015, Kidscreen Magazine named Animaccord Animation
Studios as one of the top 50 leaders in the world of animation (Kidscreen
Hot50) and the top 10 production companies of the year.
As of July 2017, one copy of the video "Recipe For Disaster" has received
over 2.2 billion views on YouTube, making it the site's sixth most viewed
video of all time. Moreover, the official YouTube channel of the project
MashaMedvedTV is consistently ranked among the top five most
popular YouTube channels in the world.[11]

According to the Associated Press, "Masha, who is dressed in a folk costume with
a headscarf, became a household name in many Muslim nations including
Indonesia."[12] Dmitry Loveyko, managing director of Animaccord, said that "It's a
Muslim country, so we thought we're lucky she wears a headscarf and her legs are

Mobile apps
The first Masha and the Bear mobile app was released by Apps Ministry in
August 2011. In 2013 the first mobile game "Masha and the Bear: Search and
Rescue" was published by Apps Ministry. Later more publishers such as Indigo
Kids, PSV Studio, Noviy Disk developed and released games and apps featuring
Masha and the Bear.

Netflix has released 27 of the first 29 episodes in 9 episodes of 3 segments each.
Many of the videos were uploaded multiple times on three different YouTube
channels (" ", "Get Movies" and "Masha and The Bear") so their
view counts across up to three channels have been combined.

Episode Title views
1 How They Meet 1.1 335
2 Don't Wake Until The Spring! 1.2 231
One, Two, Three! Light the Christmas
3 1.3 495
4 Tracks of Unknown Animals 3.1 230
5 Kidding with the Wolves 2.2 230
6 Jam Day 2.1 411
7 Happiness for the Bear 2.3 176
8 Gone Fishing 4.1 172
9 Call Me Please! 4.3 191
10 Holiday on Ice 6.1 249
11 First Day of School 8.1 234
12 Don't Trespassing! 8.3 104
13 Hide and Seek Fever 5.2 237
14 Watch Out, Bear! 3.2 155
15 Little Cousin 6.3 486
16 Get Well Soon! 9.2 221
17 Recipe For the Friends 7.1 2299
18 Laundry Day 5.1 881
19 The Grand Orchestra Lesson 8.2 257
20 Big and Wild 4.2 184
21 Home Alone 3.3 172
22 Breathe in Breathe out 7.2 199
23 The Foundling 7.3 590
24 Happy Breakfast! 902
25 Simsalabim-abracadabra 6.2 551
26 Home in the service 5.3 229
27 Picture Perfect 278
28 A Player Mistakes 9.3 155
29 The Sick Of Rhythm 9.1 196
30 Growing Potion 269
31 Swept Away 89
32 Three-In-One-Family 162
33 It's Not Good To Be A Sweet Life 648
34 Just Shoot Me 159
35 Kidding Around 131
36 Two vs. One 428
37 Bigtrip 147
38 Children's Day 187
39 Night Terrors 176
40 Beauty Power 211
41 The trick is now finished! 217
42 Starting the action! 147
43 Welcome back, My-Hero 267
44 Once in a Year 216
45 The Weird Case 140
Dance with Masha, Panda & The Rosie
46 163
47 Tennis time! 254
48 Prehistory Bear 230
49 New Presents Show 232
50 Harvest Party 278
51 Home-Grown Ninjas 375
52 See You Later 222
53 Coming Home Ain't Easy 165
54 The very fairy tale 200
55 Hey, Let's Learn! 212
56 On A Story Of Stay-up Night 109
57 The Camping Trip 92
58 Cat and Mouse 117
59 Game Over 84
60 At Your Rules! 157
61 Do Not Part With Your Toy! 92
62 Please, Sleep, Sleep! 127
63 Surprise! Surprise!Happy Easter 102
64 Three Mashketeers 31


Masha (Diminutive form of the name Maria/Mary) is a three year old girl. Masha
is naughty and hyperactive, and always thinks about playing. She lives in a house
near a railway station; near her house there is a path that leads to the bear house.
Masha loves Bear very much, but in her games she tends to build up problems for
Bear to bear. Her parents do not appear in the series. She loves sweets, jumping
into a bucket and seeing the series of drawings of Masha and Bear. Masha's
character combines the characteristics of 3-year-olds (making grammatical errors
when speaking, crying when she is not given what she wants) with adult skills
(playing tennis, fishing, cooking jams or playing electric guitar). She is voiced by
Alina Kukushkina.

The Bear is a retired circus bear who lives in a tree house in the forest. His past
occupation makes him very talented in performing arts (like juggling, unicycling,
and even stage magic) although he's also known to dabble into other hobbies and
even some intellectual pursuits. Some episodes feature flashbacks in which he
remembers his childhood as a cub in the same house. In some episodes of the
Russian-language version, Masha calls him "Mishka" (literally "Bear"), which is a
traditional name given to bears in Russian tales. He is a huge bear with a big heart
and he is Masha's best friend, as well as a parental figure to her.

Masha's Pets

A dog, a goat, a pig, and, in the first episode, chickens. They live outside Masha's
house in her front yard but almost every time Masha comes out they hide
themselves to avoid her. The Pig is often forced to play with Masha, who makes it
dress up like a baby in a stroller. In the episode "Dance Fever" it is revealed that
the pig's name is Rosie.

The Wild Animals

The wild animals are a hare, squirrels, hedgehogs, and two wolves. Masha and a
certain Hare (in the episode 'One, two three! Light the Christmas Tree' the present
list of Father Frost in English describes this creature as 'Bunny') often play hockey
together (and make a mess or accidentally hurt someone), and the Hare is
occasionally an antagonist of the Bear, due to stealing carrots from the Bear's
garden. The two Wolves live in a derelict ambulance car on top of a hill and often
look for something to eat, and strangely act as medics for any apparent injuries or
illnesses though they sometimes fear Masha (due to the Russian idiomatic
expression "wolves are orderlies of the woods" (" "),
living in an ambulance cab and acting as medics is a pun).


The She-Bear is a female bear. The Bear is enamored of her and sometimes goes
out of his way to impress or even woo her. The first time she rebuffed him in
favor of the Black Bear, only to realize how self-absorbed he is, and another time
she turned her nose up at the Bear's banjo playing as she preferred more modern
music. Even so, the She-Bear usually opens up to the Bear, such as the time she
agreed to have a dinner with him, and she is sometimes kind to Masha, such as
giving her a fashion magazine, helping to train her for her tennis match against the
Black Bear, and helping her learn to ice-skate.

Dasha is Masha's cousin from Moscow. She looks like Masha but she is very
different, she has beige hair, blue eyes, wears blue glasses and an orange dress.
She is afraid of the Bear and calls him "Shaggy".


Panda is a panda cub and the Bear's young cousin from China. He and Masha are
rivals, often bickering every time he comes for a visit, but they occasionally get
along and have fun together.

Whiskers n' Stripes

A tiger and the Bear are best friends from their days performing together in the

The Black Bear

The Bear's worst enemy and Bear's chief rival for the attentions of the She-Bear.
The Black Bear has an arrogant and unsportsmanlike personality, cheating to win
against Masha in a tennis game, and laughing at her when she grows gigantic.


A penguin that first appears in "The Foundling", as an egg that Masha finds and
makes the Bear hatch. The Penguin quickly imprints on the Bear as his parental-
figure and the Bear forms a sincere bond with him but chooses to send the
Penguin to live in Antarctica for his own health. Even so, they stay in touch and
the Penguin once visited.

Father Frost

He is a Santa Claus-like character from Russia who appears in Christmas-themed

A sculpture of Masha and The Bear in Yelan.

A spin-off series to the show titled Masha's Tales is also available on Netflix. In
the show Masha (voiced by a much older actress) tells classic Russian fairy tales
as well as some Grimms' Fairy Tales to her toys. However, Masha makes up her
own way of telling the stories (Such as putting a magical nutcracker who turns
into a prince when she adapts Cinderella). She also mixes up the morals of the
stories by often adding an additional ending so that way it could fit with what
she's telling her toys. Masha's Tales premiered on Cartoon Network UK's sister
pre-school channel, Cartoonito on June 20, 2016.[13] Another spin-off of the
Masha and the Bear franchise Masha's Spooky Stories premiered on
Cartoonito UK and Netflix in October 2016.[14]

See also
Russia portal

Animation portal
Television portal

2000s portal

List of most viewed YouTube videos


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sputniknews.com. Retrieved 2016-03-27.
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External links

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