Curucuru and Friends
|Curucuru and Friends|
Promotional Poster for the series, featuring the 5 main characters.
|Also known as||Tales of Greenery|
Slice of Life
|Format||Stop Motion Animated Series|
|Developed by||Ffango Entertoyment|
|Written by||Yi Jeong-Geun
|Directed by||Jung Hye-On|
|Opening theme||"Curucuru and Friends" by Ing Yeong-Hui, Yi Si-Nae and Lee Min-Jung|
|Composer(s)||Lee Sang-ho (Music Director)
Gim Hui-Jip (Music)
|Country of origin||South Korea|
|No. of episodes||13|
Dale D. Yoon
|Running time||24 Minutes (Each Segment: 12 Minutes)|
|Production company(s)||Ffango Entertoyment
|Picture format||SDTV (480i 4:3)|
|Original run||November 24, 2006– February 16, 2007|
|Curucuru and Friends|
|Revised Romanization||Kkurukkuruwa Chingudeul|
Curucuru and Friends (Hangul: 꾸루꾸루와 친구들; RR: Kkurukkuruwa Chingudeul; also known as Tales of Greenery) is a 2006 Stop Motion animated series produced by Ffango Entertoyment and Seoul Movie, primarily aimed for Preschoolers. It is Ffango Entertoyment's 3rd major stop motion project after the Domo-Kun shorts, first airing in KBS1 from November 24, 2006 to February 16, 2007 with a total of 12 episodes.
The story is set in a village called Greenery, where is inhabited by friendly animals. The story were focused on 5 special animal friends whose friendship binds them together, Koori: A brown Raccoon boy and a aspiring inventor, Pinpin: A blue and white Giant Panda boy and a warm hearted artist, Lalla: a pink Tabby cat girl and an aspiring musician who wishes to be a princess, Toto: a purple Bat boy who wants to be a pilot and fly and lastly; Curucuru, a Brown bear boy who likes to cook. All of them venture through several adventures in the forest and town, making exciting and marvelous stories and also getting in and out of trouble as they learn valuable lessons in life and things around them.
- Voiced by: Choe Mun-Ja
The series's main protagonist, Curucuru is a Brown bear boy who likes to cook but sometimes has tendencies to get hungry and eat anything. Despite being big, he's very lazy, sleepy and sometimes lack courage and tenacity but despite all of these, he is always supportive to all of his friends. He is also a very slow runner and has problems with his weight. He is best friends with Toto.
- Voiced by: Jeon Tae-Yeol
Koori is a brown Raccoon boy who is well known as the town's aspiring inventor. Usually prideful, smart and always brags, his creations were a hit and miss when it comes to success. Somehow he never gives up on inventing and impressing his friends. He has a little sister named Lulu and is also the oldest of the two siblings.
- Voiced by: Hong Yeong-Lan
Lalla is a pink Tabby cat girl and the only female member of the group, who is the village's aspiring signer. She likes to dance and perform but also doesn't want her private stuff to be touched. She's very posh, likes attention and likes to be pretty, but also very kind to her friends. She lives with her mother and shown to collect various types of dolls and cute stuff.
- Voiced by: Choe Jeong-Ho
Pinpin is a blue and white Giant Panda boy who likes to paint and draw, considered as the Picasso of the Greenery Forest. He likes to paint and draw, thought sometimes has a hard time finding inspiration. He is very clam and also has a kind heart to everyone, thought also gets rather scared and saddened easily. He lives with his parents and often seeks advise to his grandfather, who lives near the lake.
- Voiced by: Gim Ok-Gyeong
Toto is a purple Bat boy who wishes to fly and also likes to become a pilot. The youngest member of the group, he is very curious, inquisitive and also very adventurous. However for these traits, he can be very mischievous and sometimes stubborn on things. Despite being a bat, he somehow can't fly due to the lack wings. He is best friends with Curucuru.
|No.||English Title/Korean Title||Original air date|
|01||"Greenery Forest Friends / We've got Pretty Flowers"
(Korean: 초록 숲 친구들 / Korean: 예쁜 길이 생겼어요)
|November 24, 2006|
|02||"Scary Play Mask / The Bird Chorus"
(Korean: 오싹오싹 가면놀이 / Korean: 새들의 합창)
|December 1, 2006|
|03||"It hurts on What you said / I want to be Slim"
(Korean: 내 말대로 이루어져요 / Korean: 날씬해지고 싶어요)
|December 8, 2006|
|04||"Know Know, Want to Know / Curucuru's a Sleepyhead"
(Korean: 알 알 무슨 알 / Korean: 꾸루꾸루는 잠꾸러기)
|December 15, 2006|
|05||"A Warm Snowy Day / The Moon gets Sick"
(Korean: 따뜻한 눈 내리는 날 / Korean: 달님이 아파요)
|December 22, 2006|
|06||"Where are you Wind? / I'm Sorry Lalla"
(Korean: 바람아 어디 있니? / Korean: 랄라야 미안해)
|December 29, 2006|
|07||"Koori the Great Inventor / It's ok, I'm right here!"
(Korean: 쿠리는 최고의 발명가 / Korean: 괜찮아, 내가 있잖아!)
|January 5, 2007|
|08||"Greenery Forest Rescue / Lalla's Treasure Bag"
(Korean: 초록숲 구조대 / Korean: 랄라의 보물가방)
|January 12, 2007|
|09||"Fun Cooking Time / I Want to be a Mom"
(Korean: 즐거운 요리시간 / Korean: 엄마가 되고 싶어요)
|January 19, 2007|
|10||"Greenery Forest Flower Festival / Happy Treasure Hunting"
(Korean: 초록숲 꽃축제 / Korean: 행복한 보물 찾기)
|January 26, 2007|
|11||"Pinpin in Wonderland / Find the Sound of Spring"
(Korean: 이상한 나라의 핀핀 / Korean: 봄의 소리를 찾아서)
|February 2, 2007|
|12||"The Candid Vacuum Cleaner / Toto's Birthday Party"
(Korean: 우당탕탕 청소기 / Korean: 토토의 생일파티)
|February 9, 2007|
|13||"The Little Magician / Lalla's Concert"
(Korean: 꼬마마술사 / Korean: 랄라의 음악회)
|February 16, 2007|
The series's development first began back in 2003 after the Ffango animation studio is renamed into Ffango Entertoyment. The series began as a pilot film selected by KOCCA and Seoul Movie took interest in the series which got officially greenlited in 2004, with Government Donation and support by the Gyeonggi Digital Contents Agency. In 2005, the series became one of KOCCA's Star Project and aired a year later on Korean Broadcasting System in November 24, 2006. The series was also broadcast in mainland China by China Central Television in 2008 under the name Greenwood Story (Chinese: 绿树林的故事; pinyin: Lǜshù lín de gùshì).
The series is animated using customized ball jointed puppets created by Darak Workshop with several expression faces, made for each characters. Production took about 3 years total, making the puppets, backgrounds and scripts for each episode. Each scene and episode were shot using 100 Canon EOS-1D Mark II Stop Motion Control Cameras.
An official musical is also made for the series, which run in 2007. In 2011, KOCCA stated that a film based on the series is in the works with merchandising from Auldey, and support from the China Film Group. JeDae Moon stated that "Investment for the season 2 is ongoing in China and more success is expected. We believe we stepped off on the right foot with KOCCA's support.". This is also the first time that KOCCA’s OSMU (One Source Multi-Use) model has been taken up in a collaborative venture between Korea and China.
The series won Grand Prize in the SICAF Promotion Plan Pilot Film contest in 2003, won best animation in the Gyeonggi Digital Art Center in 2004 and the 13th Korean Animation Awards for best animation in 2007. The series received the Golden Monkey Award in the 8th China International Animation Festival in 2012.