Released on: 2013
Directed by: Oleg Kuzovkov
Starring: Elsie Fisher (overdub)
This was originally a Russian children’s program, so when it got to American shores, it had to be overdubbed. It’s a sweet, magical story that tells of a girl who lives in the forest, and her next-door neighbor is a bear that used to be in the circus. The episode, “Recipe for Disaster,” has been viewed over 1 billion times on YouTube, making it the sixth-most watched video of all time. Clearly, then, this is a popular show! Based on a Russian folktale of the same name, Masha is a precocious little girl who is exploring the world through a number of entertaining situations, and it’s up to the Bear, often the victim of her schemes, to keep her out of trouble, thereby serving as a father figure of sorts.