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Kikoriki, known in Russian as Smeshariki (Russian: Смеша́рики), is a Russian animated television series consisting of 208 episodes of 6 minutes and 30 seconds each, aimed at children of 3 to 8 years. The first episode premiered in Russia on May 7, 2004. English-language distribution rights to the series were acquired by 4Kids Entertainment from worldwide distributor Fun Game Media, Munich[1] and began airing as part of The CW4Kids block on The CW on September 13, 2008, under the name GoGoRiki.[2]Fun Game Media is also producing a European version, which began airing on KI.KA on December 8, 2008.[3][4]

The Smeshariki (the name is derived from смешные "smeshnye" meaning "funny", and шарики "shariki" meaning "little balls") are stylized rounded animals. Complex themes and specific cultural references place this cartoon firmly within the Russian tradition of animation.[5]

GoGoRiki began its second season in the United States on August 22, 2009.

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