SUMMARY: Jealous of a cat whose owner has given him lavish gifts, the parrot Kesha deserts his loving owner Vovka to search for something better.
WHY IT’S HERE: Russian director Valentin Karavaev’s ‘The Return of the Prodigal Parrot’ is apparently a well-known series in its native country, although there is little information about it online. Having seen this first instalment, it is easy to see why this amusing series is so well-loved in Russia. It shares a witty, unpredictable sense of humour with other Russian institutions like the Prostokvashino series. Its major trump card is the central character, an egotistical parrot named Kesha who repeatedly leaves his loving owner Vovka to try and find a better life, always regretting it when he is faced with the emptiness of the alternative. Apparently seen as somewhat thematically contentious in Russia, ‘The Return of the Prodigal Parrot’ is a delightful morality tale which emphasises humour over anything else.