Three from Prostokvashino (Трое из Простоквашино, Troye iz Prostokvashino) is a 1978 Soviet animated film based on the children’s book Uncle Fyodor, His Dog and His Cat (Дядя Фёдор, Пёс и Кот) by Eduard Uspensky. The film has two sequels, Vacation in Buttermilk Village (Каникулы в Простоквашино) (1980) and Winter in Buttermilk Village (Зима в Простоквашино) (1984).

The main character is a six-year-old boy who is called Uncle Fyodor (voiced by Mariya Vinogradova) because he is very serious. After his parents don’t let him keep Matroskin (voiced by Oleg Tabakov), a talking cat, Uncle Fyodor leaves his home. With the dog Sharik (voiced by Lev Durov), the three set up a home in the country, a village called “Buttermilk”. There, they have many adventures, some involving the local mailman, Pechkin (voiced by Boris Novikov).

The series has been a source of many phrases in the post-Soviet countries. It has made an impact comparable to Nu, pogodi! in the Russian culture.

Real Exclusive! SovietEraMuseum present postcards with Matroskin the cat:

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