Karlsson-on-the-Roof, (Малыш и Карлсон) 1968, 1970, Eng-Ru, subt.
Directed by - Boris Stepantsev
Produced by - Soyuzmultfilm
Written by - Astrid Lindgren
Release dates -1968 and 1970
Running time - 19 minutes
Country - Soviet Union
Language - Russian, English
Karlsson-on-the-Roof (Swedish: Karlsson på taket) is a fictional character in a series of children's books created by Swedish author Astrid Lindgren. The cartoon adaptation became popular in the USSR with its release in the 1970s. To this day, the adaptations are still celebrated as an integral part of the Russian cartoon industry, with Karlsson being recognised as a national icon, together with Cheburashka and other such characters.
Astrid Lindgren might have borrowed the idea from a similar story about Mr. O'Malley in the comic strip "Barnaby" (1942) by Crockett Johnson.
1. The Kid and Carlson. (In English with Russian subtitles)
2. Carlson returned. (In English with Russian subtitles)
Малыш и Карлсон\ The Kid and Carlson. (In Russian with English subtitles)
Carlson is a very short, very portly and overconfident man who lives in a small house hidden behind a chimney on the roof of a very ordinary apartment building, on a very ordinary street in Stockholm. When Carlson ushes a button on his stomach, it starts a clever little motor with a propeller on his back allowing him to fly. Carlson is the best at everything, at least according to himself. But there is, in fact, one thing at which he excels: being a playmate to a young boy named Svante, but nicknamed Lillebror (little brother), who lives in the apartment building with his family.
Carlson is quite mischievous, often getting Lillebror in trouble, but everyone in the end - even Lillebror's family, his cranky uncle, and their dour housekeeper - grow to like Carlson and appreciate his sense of humour, energy, and good nature.