I interpreted Vladimir Degtyaryov's "Konets Chyornoy topi" (Russian for "the end of the black swamp") as a subtle look at humans' impact on the natural landscape, as the airplane and helicopter irritate the wood goblin so much that he ventures outside the forest, where he hears a lecturer saying that wood goblins are a superstition, and then returns home to news that the swamp will get drained.* Sure happens a lot. A strange irony is that one of the places most impacted by humans - Chernobyl - is now reclaimed by nature: animals roam the area. Indeed, countless places abandoned by humans are now overrun by foliage.
Anyway, it's an interesting cartoon. I've liked most of the old Soviet cartoons that I've seen. The song sung at the lecture is "Podmoskovnye vechera" ("Moscow Nights"), one of the most famous Soviet songs. I once came up with a spoof of it all about "The Big Bang Theory" (entirely in Russian, mind you).
*By contrast, Donald "drain the swamp" Trump has filled his administration with millionaires.
PS: producer Vladimir Danilevich and star Georgiy Vitsin died thirteen days apart in October 2001.
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