Russian CDRR Portal
The Russian CDRR Portal, also known as CDRR.ru, is one of the most versatile Ranger-related places on the Web. It provides the visitor with lots of canonical information as well as an extensive fan art gallery, fan fiction of mostly Russian origin, and other goodies. Dating back to at least February 2001 (earliest guestbook entry), the Russian CDRR Portal is available in Russian and English, and three different skins can be chosen, the regular blue skin, a wooden skin, and a metal skin. A news list on the index page informs the visitor about recent changes and additions, depending on in which language the page is viewed.
The Russian CDRR Portal is a member of the Gadget Hackwrench Webring.
According to the site, the team behind the Russian CDRR Portal consists of:
- Ruslan Matvienko - screengrabs, translating to English, development, new version of unsigned texts and error checking.
- Alexander Kopin - development and previous version of unsigned texts.
- John Pesterfield - checking and correcting errors in the English part of the site.
- Shredder - section "HQ" and some articles from "Characters".
Sections and Contents
- In Terrain (Rangermobile, Ranger Skate, Turbocharged Dustbuster, Gyromobile, Gyrotank, et al.)
- In Air (Screaming Eagle, Ranger Plane, Ranger Wing, Bagpipe Express, Dale's Hang Glider, et al.)
- In Sea (Inflatable Raft, Ranger Boat, different submarines, the steamboat, Gadget's cork float shoes, et al.)
- Home Inventions (contraptions mostly used in the Rangers' household plus the Meal-O-Matic)
- Military Kits (Magno-Ray, Battlesphere, Anti-Carpet Electromagnet, Plunger Crossbow, Plunger Gun, et al.)
- Analytical (Weather Amplifier, Infrared Nightscope, et al.)
- Unclassified Inventions (Tom, Modemizer, Metamorphosizer, et al.)
- Dale's Inventions (Trojan Cat, spy copter, spy camera, belt buckle, stink and smoke cufflinks, et al.)
Here, all characters from the show, no matter how minor, are listed and described. Again, there are eight categories:
- Rescue Rangers (Chip, Dale, Gadget, Monterey Jack, Zipper)
- Gang of Fat Cat (Fat Cat himself, Mepps, Mole, Wart, Snout)
- Professor Norton Nimnul (who has got his own article)
- Other Villains (not only actual villains such as Captain Fin, Rat Capone or Désirée D'Allure, but also minor bad guys and sidekicks such as Louie, Moe, Bud, Lou, Sugar Ray Lizard or Arnold Mousenegger)
- Police (Detective Donald Drake, Sergeant Spinelli, Officer Kirby, Officer Muldoon, et al.)
- Positive Characters (Geegaw Hackwrench, Sparky, Tammy, Foxglove, et al.)
- Neutral Characters (Stan Blather, Jolly Roger, Pop Top, Queenie, et al.)
- Thought up Characters (RamDale, Sureluck Jones, Dirk Suave, Red Badger of Courage, et al.)
This unique section describes the Rescue Rangers Headquarters floor by floor, room by room, and even contains floor plans based on the show. These floor plans, however, contradict those from the Rescue Rangers RPG.
The Russian CDRR Portal's fan art gallery contains lots of art created mostly by members of the Russian fandom such as Artist, DeLTa, Head, KOH, Integrator, Pater Falsi, Shredder, Silent Shadow, or svz, but the Norwegian artist Stian Thommassen exhibits his art there, too. Separate subsections contain fan fiction illustrations and scans of coloring books and comics.
There is also a fan fiction section. Apart from the Denmark-based Ulrik Raben who wrote in English, all writers presenting their works wrote them in Russian. For English readers, Aivars Liepa translated not only two of his own stories (except the still unfinished Sisters, the translation of which can be found elsewhere), but also some written by Roman Bulygin, John, Pater Falsi, and Toona, whereas Murad Ismailov provided his own translation.
In the music section, various versions of the main theme and the ending theme can be found as well as The Fat Cat Stomp, You're the Best Bee for Me, The Coo-Koo Cola Jingle, The Best of Everything, Pirates of Peejama, and some other Ranger-related music, often in multiple languages. MIDI files are available, as are karaoke versions.
The Video section is divided into two subsections. The Official Videos subsection contains videos by Disney such as the Jets music video, the documentary Chip 'n Dale's Excellent Adventures, several versions of the Disney Afternoon intro, the one-second clip from the Disney Afternoon intro in which Gadget's hair is painted by a large brush, and the rare scene of Gadget dancing. As the name says, the Fanworks section shows some fan-made videos, five of which are CGI videos.
Divided into twelve categories, the Stuff section is full of things which don't fit into any other section such as computer add-ons (icons, screensavers, wallpapers, Winamp skins etc.), photographs, or miscellaneous scans.
The Info section provides some information about the Russian CDRR Portal itself, including the staff behind the Portal.
As is recommended for websites, the Russian CDRR Portal has also got a sitemap from which every page can be accessed directly.
The Russian CDRR Portal has also got two guestbooks. The Russian guestbook's first entry was submitted by Alex on February 12th, 2001, and the English guestbook's first entry was posted by Ruslan on April 4th, 2002.
2003 Golden Acorn Awards: Best Website Layout, Best Website Content
2004 Golden Acorn Awards: Best Website Layout
2007 Golden Acorn Awards: Best Website Layout