Armenian cartoons are the best way for have a close insight of rich Armenian cultural heritage. Armenian world of cartoons offers wide range of funny and interesting animated films that are worth seeing.
Armenian cartoon industry was taken to another level during the Soviet period. It was the time when Armenian animators and cartoon makers started to create quality products that were recognized through the whole territory of the Soviet Union.
These funny, interesting and entertaining cartoons soon became very popular and beloved not only among the children but adults as well.
Some of them became real masterpieces of rich Armenian culture and brought a new word in the Armenian cartoon industry.
Modern day Armenian cartoons are also well praised. So, let’s have a closer look at some of the most famous old and new must-see Armenian cartoons.
The Best Armenian Cartoons & Comics #1 | The Gathering of Mice
The Gathering of Mice (or as it sounds in Armenian- Mkneri Jhoxovy) is definitely one of the most beloved and interesting Armenian cartoons.
Although it already has many years of history as it was created in 1978 it is still very popular Armenian cartoon for many children.
Actually, this cartoon is based on the homonymous fairy tale of Armenian beloved children’s writer Khnko Aper (Atabek Khnkoyan).
By the way, this funny Armenian cartoon is the production of Armfilm and the director is famous Armenian scriptwriter and director Lyudmila Sahakyants.
To describe “The Gathering of Mice” in a word, we should say that it is one of the most brilliant Armenian cartoons that is worth spending some 9 minutes.
It’s funny but at the same time with very deep story about the mice that are planning to hang a bell from the cat’s neck for their safety. And in order to decide who will carry out that dangerous mission, they organize a meeting.
Already looking forward to see it?
The Best Armenian Cartoons & Comics #2 | Panos the Clumsy
Another phenomenal Armenian cartoon that will capture your attention is “the Unlucky Panos” or “Panos the Clumsy” (Dzaxord Panos).
This cartoon is based on the fairy tale of the Armenian national poet and writer Hovhannes Tumanyan.
Furthermore, many animated films and cartoons have been adapted from Tumanyan’s works. The director of this funny cartoon is the famous Armenian animator of the former Soviet Union Robert Sahakyants.
By the way, the release of The Unlucky Panos goes back to 1980. This is a very interesting and funny cartoon about a guy who is extremely unlucky. Everything done by Panos ends unsuccessfully, so everyone around him mocks him, calling him Panos the Clumsy.
One day he decides to go to the forest to cut a tree. It’s just impossible to describe all the funny things that happen next, as you should see it with your own eyes.
The Best Armenian Cartoons & Comics #3 | Nazar the Brave
Another outstanding fairy tale of Hovhannes Tumanyan, that later became beloved cartoon, is Qaj Nazar or Nazar the Brave.
Interestingly, the title of this cartoon is quite paradoxical as Nazar means coward in Armenian. As we already mentioned, Hovhannes Tumanyan wrote this fairy tale in 1912 but later, in 1923 another famous Armenian writer Derenik Demirchian transformed it into a play.
By the way, it is considered the best dramaturgical processing of world literature.
Overall, this is an exceptional and amazing cartoon with timeless topic about a coward man, who comes to power by fortune.
The thing is that the hero of this cartoon, Nazar, is actually a coward and a lazy man but at the same time he is very boastful and cocky. Nevertheless, it happens so that everyone honors and adores him for his imaginary fearlessness and doesn’t see his real nature.
But that’s only due to some circumstances and his luck. In fact, this lazy and foolish Nazar relies on his luck not giving importance to such qualities as courage and resourcefulness.
Nonetheless, at the end of this fairy tale, fortune finally turns its back at “the king Nazar”.
The Best Armenian Cartoons & Comics #4 | Anahit
Modern Armenian animation film Anahit is based on the homonymous fairy tale by Ghazaros Aghayan.
It’s noteworthy that this funny and interesting cartoon has been viewed by more than 80,000 thousand people in the cinemas. It is a record-breaking number for animation cartoons in Armenia.
The leading idea of the fairy tale of Ghazaros Aghayan is kept in the cartoon as well. It’s a captivating and interesting story about skillful and brave Armenian beauty Anahit who teaches the young king Armenian traditional hand weaving.
Like any other folk story this one is also based on the everlasting struggle of good and evil. By the way this first Armenian full-length animation film is created by “Robert Sahakyants” Production.
The directors of Anahit are David Sahakyants and Lyulya Sahakyants. The project was produced by the support of the Armenian Ministry of Culture and the leading advertising and production company “the Sharm Holding”.
The heroes of this cartoon are voiced by such famous and loved Armenian celebrities as Nazeni Hovhannisyan, Khoren Levonyan, Raphael Kotanjyan, Shushan Petrosyan, Hrant Tokhatyan, Mkrtich Arzumanyan and many others.
The Best Armenian Cartoons & Comics #5 | The Talking Fish
One of the most beloved Armenian cartoons of the Soviet children is “The Talking Fish” that has both Armenian and Russian variants. It was created based on one of the kindest and interesting fairy tales of Hovhannes Tumanyan.
In 1983 Armfilm studio directed the cartoon version of this fairy tale and it immediately became popular among children.
It’s about an old man who releases a talking fish by its request. Later on, that fish becomes a boy in order to save the old man and his wife from a misfortune.
In general, The Talking Fish teaches one universal truth: “What goes around, comes aroud”!
Recently Edit Print Publishing house did the remake of this cartoon. So, you can enjoy this cartoon both in the old and new versions.
The Best Armenian Cartoons & Comics #6 | The Lazy Huri
The famous Armenian cartoon-musical, The Lazy Huri that lasts about 22 minutes is based on Hovhannes Tumanyan’s homonymous fairy tale.
The premiere of this cartoon was in 2016. Besides teaching what’s good and bad, this cartoon is also quite funny and entertaining.
In “The Lazy Huri”, the existing injustices and inequalities of life are represented and embodied by a lazy girl, whose mother makes real efforts to convince her lazy girl to get married to a diligent and hardworking trader.
As they get married the first task that he gives to lazy Huri should be a real test not only for Huri, but also for her husband. Nonetheless, everything goes in different way…
The Best Armenian Cartoons & Comics #7 | The Puy-Puy Mouse
If you ask Armenians what is their most beloved cartoon, they will surely answer that the Puy-Puy Mouse is among their favorites.
In 1971, Armfilm studio created this Armenian cartoon based on the fairy tale of Derenik Demirchyan.
It’s about a very funny and happy mouse that swirls into the hole of a coconut, then eats and drinks everything inside that delicious fruit. But soon he gets so fat that he is just not able to get out of it.
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The Best Armenian Cartoons & Comics #8 | The Found Dream
The Found Dream (in Armenian “Gtnavts Yeraz”) is arguably the best masterpiece of the Armenian cartoon industry. The picture itself is fantastically beautiful. But there is something else that makes this cartoon a real cult for all generations. The music, the voices, the simple, yet very deep expressions that you hear all the time. In other words, you can hardly find anyone in Armenia who doesn’t love this cartoon.
The cartoon was created in 1976, by Armfilm. “Fathers” of this masterpiece are M. Dilakyan and H. Dilakyan. The iconic music was written by Ruben Hakhverdyan, S. Gyulkhasyan and A. Satyan.
The dialogues of this script is what makes it so popular and iconic. So, when watching pay a good attention.
The cartoon is about a little girl who travels though her imagination to find an old man’s sleep. On her way, the girl appears in a magical world of pictures and goes through fairy adventures. When she comes back the old man is already sleeping.
Seems confusing, right? But it’s definitely interesting and deep. We recommend to watch it right now!
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