Robocar Poli

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Robocar Poli
Also known asPiyoPiyo Friends[1] Robo Poli[2]
GenreEducational, preschool
Created byLee Dong-woo (RoiVisual)
Voices ofMarc Thompson, Rebecca Soler[3]
Theme music composerShin Seung-jun
Country of originSouth Korea
Original language(s)Korean
No. of seasons4
No. of episodes104 (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s)Eom Jun-yeong
Producer(s)
  • Kim Seon-goo
  • Bak Jeong-min
  • Nam Han-gil
  • Kim Rae-gyeong
  • Park Jung-min
Running time11 minutes per episode
Production company(s)
Release
Original networkEducational Broadcasting System
Picture format1080i
Audio formatDolby Digital
Original releaseFebruary 28, 2011 (2011-02-28) – present
Chronology
Related shows
  • Traffic Safety with Poli
  • Fire Safety with Roy
  • Daily life Safety with Amber
External links
Website
Production website

Robocar Poli (Hangul로보카 폴리; RRRoboka Poli) is a South Korean animated children's television series created by RoiVisual. The series released its first episode on Educational Broadcasting System (EBS) in 2011, and has aired for four seasons. Robocar Poli consists of 104 eleven-minute episodes.

Synopsis[edit]

In Brooms Town, a small town with a capable rescue team, there are always accidents such as a car sliding off a cliff in the rain, a car crash, or a child locked in a firehouse. In every episode, the town's rescue team saves characters from trouble. At the end of each episode, the rescue team strongly advises the characters who are in danger and viewing children.

Main characters[edit]

  • Poli (voiced by Marc Thompson): The title character is a robotic blue-and-white police car that can transform into a robot.[4] He has very strong morals and does not give up easily. He is always faithful to his police duties, keeping the safety of town's roads and protecting lives and property.
  • Jin (voiced by Eileen Stevens): The rescue team's human member. She has long blonde hair (but short pony-pigtail) and wears a dark reddish-orange outfit. She is described as a genius inventor.[5]
  • Helly (voiced by Kate Bristol):[6] A robotic helicopter in greens, blues and white,[7] she (in the dub Helly is male) flies over town to look for problems and helps the team with ideas and a drill.
  • Amber (voiced by Rebecca Soler): A robotic ambulance van in reds, pinks and white.[8] She is kind, warm-hearted, and shows a great deal of self-sacrifice. She supports rescue missions, giving a diagnosis and first aid to accident vehicles and characters.
  • Roy (voiced by Jason Griffith): A robotic red-and-yellow fire truck.[9] He is the strongest member of the rescue team and is in charge of inspecting safety accidents, extinguishing fire and rescuing. He has many gadgets on his back to help the team.

Production[edit]

While in production, this series was selected for the section of full-length animation at Global Animation Project 2009 hosted by Korea Creative Content Agency (KOCCA), under the title of PiyoPiyo Friends.[1]

Broadcast[edit]

In the latter half of 2011, the films were exported from South Korea to France. Internationally, the program currently airs on French and Taiwanese channels. It is also scheduled to air in Japan, on TV Tokyo.[10][needs update]

Episode list[edit]

Season Episodes Season premiere Season finale Originally aired
1 26 February 28, 2011 July 12, 2011 2011
2 26 December 26, 2011 May 15, 2012 2011–12
3 26 February 26, 2014 May 22, 2014 2014
4 26 August 31, 2015 November 24, 2015 2015

Reception[edit]

This series has had high ratings in South Korea, and became the chief rival of Pororo the Little Penguin which had been number one in the industry. Related merchandise includes cakes,[11] toys,[12] books, and apparel. In South Korea, Poli is frequently called 폴총리 (Pol-chong-ri) which means "Poli, the Minister of Children".[13] This follows Pororo which is famously known as 뽀통령 (Po-tong-ryeong), meaning "Pororo, the President of Children".[14]

Merchandise[edit]

On March 12, 2013, Korea Post issued commemorative stamps for the series. As the third installment of the "Korean-Made Characters Series Stamps", Robocar Poli was introduced, following the introduction of Pororo the Little Penguin and Pucca.[15] Two million copies of the stamps were printed for sale (10 copies per set).[16]

Spin-offs[edit]

Traffic Safety with Poli[edit]

Traffic Safety with Poli (Hangul폴리와 함께하는 교통안전 이야기; RRPolli-wa Ham-kke-ha-neun Gyo-tong-an-jeon Yi-ya-gi) is a spin-off of the original series. As part of Hyundai Motors' global corporate social responsibility project with RoiVisual and EBS, the series was produced to educate children on the importance of traffic safety,[17] and has aired for two seasons. The first season of the spin-off was shown as six 11-minute episodes, each with two segments. In Canada, the series was produced by Treehouse TV.

Season Episodes Season premiere Season finale Originally aired
1 12 December 5, 2011 December 20, 2011 2011
2 14[18] March 1, 2013 May 31, 2013 2013

Fire Safety with Roy[edit]

Fire Safety with Roy is a spin-off of the original series.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "'Global Animation Project 2009' kicks off". Retrieved 19 March 2013. For the section of full-length animation, two works such as 'the Hen that Went outside the Yard (MK Pictures) and PiyoPiyo Friends (Roivisual) have been chosen.
  2. ^ "Robo Poli (Children) 2018-Present". TV Passport. Archived from the original on 6 February 2018.
  3. ^ "Press Conference Korea Indonesia Film Festival (KIFF) 2015 - Facebook". facebook.com. Retrieved 5 April 2016.
  4. ^ http://www.robocarpoli.com/eng/poli.asp "Speed Leadership, Righteous"
  5. ^ "Broomstown". Robocar Poli official website. Archived from the original on 15 April 2016. Retrieved 5 April 2016. Select character.
  6. ^ Bristol, Kate (March 8, 2016). "YEAHHH! ROBOCAR POLI! I play the little green helicopter in this show (his name is Hally) and it's SUPER CUTE. heart emoticon". Retrieved April 9, 2016 – via Facebook.
  7. ^ http://www.robocarpoli.com/eng/helly.asp "Flying Humorous, Messenger"
  8. ^ http://www.robocarpoli.com/eng/amber.asp "Wisdom First Aid, Kind"
  9. ^ http://www.robocarpoli.com/eng/roy.asp "Power Brave, Delight"
  10. ^ Lee, Gyeong-min (23 January 2013). "로보카폴리 4월 일본TV 전파탄다". etnews (in Korean). Retrieved 20 March 2013.
  11. ^ Lee, Seong-soo (9 June 2011). 뽀로로 케이크 다음은 로보카 폴리다. EBN (in Korean). Retrieved 20 March 2013.
  12. ^ Lee, Gyeong-seon (25 January 2012). "로보카폴리 잡아라" 아빠는 지금 전쟁중. Kukinews (in Korean). Retrieved 20 March 2013.
  13. ^ Lee, Yeon-chun (20 December 2012). 올해 크리스마스, 어린이에겐 대통령보다 폴총리. NEWSPIM (in Korean). Retrieved 20 March 2013. See "로보카 폴리는 '폴총리(로보카폴리+총리)'라는 별칭으로 불릴 정도로 어린이들 사이에서 최고의 인기를 누리고 있는 캐릭터".
  14. ^ [우정이야기]'폴총리' 우표나라에 출동하다. The Kyunghyang Shinmun (in Korean). Retrieved 20 March 2013. See "어린이 대통령이라고 해서 '뽀통령'으로 통하는 '뽀로로'".
  15. ^ Jo, Yeong-min (11 March 2013). '로보카 폴리' 12일 우표로 출시. Asia News Agency (in Korean). Retrieved 18 March 2013.
  16. ^ Lee, Mi-ji (13 March 2013). 로보카 폴리 우표 200만장 발행. NocutNews (in Korean). Retrieved 3 April 2013.
  17. ^ Lee, Gang-hyeok (20 July 2011). 현대차, '폴리'와 함께 교통안전 애니메이션 공급. NEWSPIM (in Korean). Retrieved 19 March 2013.
  18. ^ Maeng, Jun-ho (18 July 2012). 현대차, '로보카 폴리 교통안전 이야기' 시즌2 제작. internethankookilbo (in Korean). Archived from the original on 4 March 2016. Retrieved 30 March 2013. See "이날 개막식에서 현대차는 시즌2의 첫번째 에피소드인 '길모퉁이에서의 안전수칙'편을 공개했다." and "나머지 13개편은 연말까지 제작해 EBS TV를 통해 방영".

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