Cheburashka is a Russian cult classic cartoon characte. According to the creator of the character of the story, Eduard Uspensky, Cheburashka is a funny little creature, unknown to science, who lives in the tropical forest. Cheburashka accidentally gets into a crate of oranges, eats his fill, and falls asleep. The crate is eventually delivered to a grocery store in an unnamed Russian city, where the rest of the main story unfolds. Cheburashka is a name given to the character by the puzzled store manager who finds the creature in the crate when he opens it. The salesman takes the animal out and sits him on the table, but his paws are numb after the long time spent in the crate, and he tumbles down (“cheburakhnulsya” (чебурахнулся), a Russian colloquialism, “tumbled” in English) from the table onto the chair and then from the chair onto the floor. The store manager, who witnesses the scene, calls him Cheburashka. Words with this root were archaic in Russian; Uspensky gave them a new lease on life. The Explanatory Dictionary of the Live Great Russian language of Vladimir Dahl gives the meaning of “cheburashka” as another name for the roly-poly toy.