Bernard (TV series)
Poster of short tv series
|Format||Children's television series,
|Created by||Screen21, Animation by RG Animation Studios|
|Country of origin||South Korea
|No. of seasons||5|
|No. of episodes||156 (List of episodes)|
|Running time||3 minutes|
|Original run||2004 – Ongoing (Repeat Telecast)|
Bernard (Hangul: 빼꼼; RR: Ppaekkom; MR: Ppaekkom, romanized as Backkom within Asia-Pacific.) is a series of animated shorts that is a Korean-Spanish-American co-production. Bernard never speaks with the exception of unintelligible noises. Produced by the Korean company RG Animation Studios, with the investment of the South Korean broadcaster EBS, the Spanish BRB Internacional and the French M6, the animation style is of a combination of computer-generated and cel animation. The stories are written by the Spanish creative studio Screen21, the directors are José Luis Ucha Enríquez and Claudio Biern Lliviria. The music was written by Oscar Maceda Rodríguez.
The show centered on the fictional polar bear and main character of the same name. Each three-minute episode focuses on Bernard's curiosity and have many moments of slapstick. He usually gets knocked unconscious or severely injured at the end of an episode, due to some calamity caused by his bumbling. Bernard is accompanied by a few other characters: Lloyd and Eva the penguins, Zack the lizard, Goliat(h) the chihuahua, Sam the baby, Pilot the dog, Pokey the porcupine and Santa Claus.
|Season premiere||Season finale|
|1||10||December 18, 2006||December 30, 2007|
A feature film based on Bernard, titled Mug Travel in South Korea and My Friend Bernard in English, was first released in South Korea on March 22, 2007. It was directed by Lim Ah-ron and produced at RG Animation Studios.
Bernard has been nominated for a number of awards, including Best Animation series at the Stuttgart Festival of Animated Film (2006), Mipcom Jr. Licensing Challenge Award (2004), Prize in Children and Education at the Dong-A International Festival of Cartoon & Animation (2004) and was a finalist at the Annecy International Animation Festival (2003).
- Nominated for The Best Animation Series at Stuttgart Festival of Animated Film (2006)
- Mipcom Jr. Licensing Challenge Award (2004)
- Won the Prize in Children and Education at DIFECA (Dong-A International Festival of Cartoon & Animation) (2004)
- Was the finalist in Annecy International Animation Festival (2003).