SEK Studio

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SEK Studio
Native name 조선4·26아동영화촬영소
Romanized name Chosŏn 4.26 Atong Yŏnghwa Ch'al-yŏngso
Industry Animation
Founded September 7, 1957 (1957-09-07)[1]
Headquarters Pyongyang, North Korea
Employees 1,500 (2003)[2]
SEK Studio
Chosŏn'gŭl 조선4·26아동영화촬영소
Revised Romanization Joseon 4.26 Adong Yeonghwa Chwal-yeongso
McCune–Reischauer Chosŏn 4.26 Atong Yŏnghwa Ch'al-yŏngso

Scientific Educational Korea or SEK Studio (Chosŏn'gŭl: 조선4·26아동영화촬영소; literally "Korean April 26 Children's Film Studio") is a North Korean animation studio, based in Pyongyang. SEK has done work on such several animated series from Mondo TV, including Pocahontas and King Lion Simba,[3][4] as well as features such as the French science fiction epic Gandahar (The Light Years) and Empress Chung. [5] They were falsely reported and received spotlights by numerous internet articles to have worked on the Walt Disney Classic feature films 'Pocahontas' and 'The Lion King' but this is completely incorrect information.

History[edit]

The studio started operations in September 1957, as the April 26th Children's Film Studio.[1] Around 1985, it began to outsource animation for European television.[6] It was registered as the SEK Studio in 1997 in order to take part at an animation festival in France.[2]

Influence[edit]

As of 2003, SEK Studio employed over 1,500 people[2] and subcontracted work for over 70 companies from around the globe, including Europe, South Korea, and the USA. According to Animation Career Review, SEK is the 85th most influential animation studio of all-time.[7]

Filmography[edit]

SEK has provided animation for the following works:[8]

Television[edit]

Title Year Notes
Padre Pio 2006
The Bellflower Bunnies 2001 Season 1 (4 episodes)
Prudence Petitpas 2001
Papa Beaver's Story Time 1993 1999 episodes; credited as Studio SEK
Pif and Hercules 1989 Credited as Studio S.E.K.
Clever Raccoon Dog 1987 [9]
Pocahontas [when?] With Mondo TV
King Lion Simba [when?] With Mondo TV

Film[edit]

Title Year Notes
Empress Chung 2005 First animated feature produced and released simultaneously in North and South Korea[5]
The Legend of the Titanic 1999 Produced by Mondo TV[6]
Gandahar (Light Years) 1988 [6]
How Wang-Fo Was Saved 1987

In popular culture[edit]

Canadian animator and cartoonist Guy Delisle documented his experiences whilst working at the SEK Studio in his graphic novel, Pyongyang: A Journey into North Korea.[10]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Yonhap News (December 26, 2001). "北`4.26아동영화촬영소` 아동영화 다수 창작" (in Korean). Tongil News. Retrieved June 23, 2013. 
  2. ^ a b c Susan Kitchens (March 3, 2003). "Axis of animation". Forbes. Retrieved June 23, 2013. 
  3. ^ Khorsand, Solmaz (April 2007). "Knuddelachse". Datum (in German). Archived from the original on July 17, 2010. Retrieved June 24, 2013. 
  4. ^ Park Chan-Kyong (Feb 5, 2007). "North Korea supplies laughs as well as lethal weapons". North Korean Economy Watch. AFP. 
  5. ^ a b Russell, Mark (August 31, 2005). "Uniting the Two Koreas, in Animated Films at Least". The New York Times. 
  6. ^ a b c "Korean-made Cartoon Films Win Popular Acclaim among Animation Film Fan[s] in Europe". PK Report from Pyongyang (The People's Korea). December 26, 2001. Retrieved June 24, 2013. 
  7. ^ Fronczak, Tom. "Top 100 Most Influential Animation Studios of All-Time". Retrieved 12 October 2012. 
  8. ^ "SEK Animation Studio [kp]". IMDb. Retrieved 12 October 2012. 
  9. ^ "Title not available" (in Korean). Korea Culture & Travel Institute. 2012. pp. 138–39. Retrieved June 30, 2013. 
  10. ^ Delisle, Guy (2004). Pyongyang: A Journey into North Korean. Montreal: Drawn and Quarterly. 

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