Masha and the Bear (Russian: Ма́ша и Медве́дь, Masha i Medved; IPA: [ˈmɑʂə i mʲɪdʲˈvetʲ]) 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 7th of January, 2009. The series has been translated into 25 languages and was broadcast in more than 100 countries. The series was released on Netflix and through NBCUniversal. Many of the episodes have been successful on YouTube; in particular, "Маша плюс каша" ("Recipe for Disaster", in English version) has received over 1.93 billion views, making it the site's sixth most viewed video of all time, and the most viewed non-music video. The other videos with over 300 million views are: "Bon Appétit", with over 700 million views; "Laundry Day", with over 690 million views; "La Dolce Vita", with over 560 million views; "The Foundling", with over 500 million views; "Hocus-Pocus", with over 410 million views; "Two Much", with over 390 million views; "Little Cousin", with over 360 million views; and "One, Two, Three! Light the Christmas Tree!", with over 360 million views. 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. 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 Masha.
Why It Rocks
- Voice acting
- Russia made this
- Based on a old Russian folk tale
- The characters can be jerks and annoying at times but are still likeable at the same time