John Dillermand

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John Dillermand
John Dillermand cartoon logo (2021).png
GenreChildren's adventure
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes20
Production
Running timeFive minutes per episode
Release
Original release2 January 2021 (2021-01-02) –
present
External links
Website

John Dillermand ("John Penisman",[1] "John Willieman" or "John Weenerman") is a Danish stop motion animated children's television series about a man and his very long penis. It premiered on 3 January 2021 on DR Ramasjang.

Premise[edit]

John Dillermand is a middle-aged man who wears a red-and-white striped bathing costume.[2] He has a penis that can extend to a length of dozens of meters. John uses his prehensile penis (which stretches through his clothes) as a tool, such as to tame lions or to fly about like a helicopter. But it also often acts independently of John, getting him into trouble.[3]

Development and broadcast[edit]

The series is aimed at four- to eight-year-olds and was developed by the Danish public broadcaster DR, in association with the sex education association Sex & Samfund.[4] It premiered on 3 January 2021 on DR's children's channel DR Ramasjang.[3] The first season, consisting of 13 five-minute episodes, was made available on the internet on 2 January 2021.[3]

Reception[edit]

John Dillermand was popular in Denmark upon release, with 250,000 children viewing the first episode in five days,[5] and went viral.[1] The series has found fans among Danish TV personalities and children;[5] according to a DR executive, children were making snowmen, drawings, dolls and songs about John Dillermand.[5] At the 2021 Fastelavn festivities, John Dillermand was a popular choice of costume.[6]

Catherine Bennett of The Guardian praised the series as something that British leaders could learn from. But the series' unusual premise was also criticized as pandering to pedophiles,[3] or as making light of the #MeToo movement against sexual violence against women.[3] A gender studies professor of Roskilde University, Christian Groes, criticized the series for "perpetuating the standard idea of a patriarchal society and normalising ‘locker room culture’" which has been used to "excuse a lot of bad behaviour from men."[7][8]

The DR executive said that the series was part of DR's ambition to make "children's content that dares to tackle embarrassing, difficult, quirky and funny topics", that it was about being true to oneself and one's flaws, and that it acknowledged children's curiosity about human bodies.[5] He said that the series was "as desexualized as it can possibly get", and that it was developed together with a child psychologist and other professionals who reviewed the scripts to ensure that children wouldn't misinterpret what they saw.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Russell, Helen (6 January 2021). "Denmark launches children's TV show about man with giant penis". The Guardian. Retrieved 6 January 2021.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  2. ^ Keslassy, Elsa (8 January 2021). "Danish Broadcaster Defends Kids Show About Man With Superhuman Penis: 'It's as Desexualized as It Can Possibly Get'". Variety. Retrieved 9 January 2021.
  3. ^ a b c d e W, Christian (5 January 2021). "John's long schlong: new DR kid show under fire". The Copenhagen Post. Retrieved 6 January 2021.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  4. ^ Brown, Nancy (6 January 2021). "Kids' TV show accused of 'normalising rape culture' over character with giant unruly penis". Entertainment Daily. Retrieved 6 January 2021.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  5. ^ a b c d e Keslassy, Elsa (8 January 2021). "Danish Broadcaster Defends Kids Show About Man With Superhuman Penis: 'It's as Desexualized as It Can Possibly Get'". Variety. Archived from the original on 11 January 2021. Retrieved 10 January 2021.
  6. ^ "John Dillermand hitter ved årets fastelavn - TV 2". livsstil.tv2.dk (in Danish). 12 February 2021. Retrieved 13 February 2021.
  7. ^ Bennett, Catherine (10 January 2021). "A cartoon fantasy about a man who can't control his penis? Sounds like reality TV". The Guardian. Archived from the original on 10 January 2021. Retrieved 11 January 2021.
  8. ^ Russell, Helen (6 January 2021). "Denmark launches children's TV show about man with giant penis". The Guardian. Archived from the original on 10 January 2021. Retrieved 11 January 2021.

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