Every child comes equipped with
(Whether it's a boy or girl)
A big serving of explosives
Might be up to half a pound
They must be in constant motion
Push, and kick, and flail, and shout
If they can't, they just explode
Bang! Kaboom! Your luck's run out. [includes Soviet animation and baby monkeys]
"Beware of Monkeys" is a series of dialog-free cartoons about five little monkeys and their loving, resourceful, but hopelessly overworked mother.
The monkeys first appeared in Гирлянда из малышей
| A Garland of Toddlers
(1983, 8 min.) that paired them with a troop of kindergartners and their easily distracted nanny.
The next episode Осторожно, обезьянки!
| Beware of Monkeys!
(linked above, 9 min.) appeared in 1984. It was followed up in 1987 by
Как обезьянки обедали | The Monkeys Eat Dinner
Обезьянки и грабители | The Monkeys and the Robbers
Several sequels followed after the fall of USSR, adding unnecessary voices and self-conscious slapstick stylings:
Обезьянки, вперед! | Monkeys, Go! (1993, 8 min.)
Обезьянки в опере | Monkeys at the Opera (1995, 9 min.)
Обезьянки: скорая помощь | Monkeys: Ambulance (1998, 10 min.)
The background music was provided by Andrey Makarevich's «Машина времени
» | Time Machine, one of Russia's oldest continually active rock bands (founded around 1970). Some representative pieces: Поворот
| "New Turn" (fan video), Костер
| "The Bonfire" (live), Марионетки
| "Puppets" (live).
Among other things, Makarevich is a poet and memoirist, a mixed media artist
, and occasional TV personality (hosting Смак
| Savor, a long-running show that combined cookery with occasional celebrity interviews). In recent times, Makarevich has been an on-again, off-again Kremlin supporter
. He is still recording.