Since the 1990s, when the fall of the Iron Curtain allowed better exchange of films, both Russian and Western audiences have noted similarities between Nu, pogodi! and American cartoons, the most noticeable being Tom and Jerry. The director has admitted that he was learning from Disney animated films which were brought into the USSR from Germany immediately after World War II, particularly Bambi. However, he did not see any Tom and Jerry episodes until his son bought a VCR in 1987. Thematically, Nu, pogodi! places greater emphasis on various real-life situations and locations.
A scene from Episode #1.
There are very few spoken lines in the series. The most common line is “Nu, pogodi!” (Well, just you wait!). This is recited by Wolf when his plans fail. The series’ trademark is that at the end of each episode (and at the end of the pre-title introduction), Wolf recites “Nu, Zayats, nu pogodi!” (Well, Hare, you just wait!). The series also includes many grunts, laughs and songs.
The series was put on hold after the death of Anatoli Papanov (voice of Wolf). The 17th and 18th episodes from 1993 (which were released in 1994 and 1995, respectively) used samples of his voice recorded earlier (the studio had archived all outtakes of his work for the series). It featured a lot of product placement (the most noted being Nokia) and was sponsored by AMT[disambiguation needed ].
The 2005 series were voiced by Igor Khristenko (Wolf) and Olga Zvereva (Hare) and were done by the Christmas Films studio. They were directed by Aleksey Kotyonochkin (son of deceased original director Vyacheslav Kotyonochkin). The script was written by Felix Kandel and Aleksandr Kurlyandsky, two of the original writers. For two years, they were largely unavailable to the public and were only shown at certain film festivals. However, in late December 2007 a DVD was finally released in Russia which contained the two films, as well as a making-of film and comics drawn by Aleksey Kotyonochkin. As of now, it is available only in the supermarket chains Pyatyorochka and Perekryostok.