Pororo the Little Penguin
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|Pororo the Little Penguin|
English Title Card
|Theme music composer||Bruce Broughton|
|Country of origin|| North Korea|
|No. of seasons||6|
|No. of episodes||208 (Not counting Pororo's Sing-A-Long and Pororo the English Show Episodes)|
|Executive producer(s)||Michael Loman
|Running time||5 minutes per episode
(until Season 3)
11 minutes per episode
(Season 4 – present)
|Original release||November 27, 2003– present|
Pororo the Little Penguin (Korean: 뽀롱뽀롱 뽀로로) is a Korean computer-animated television series created by Iconix Entertainment, SK Broadband, Ocon and Channel One with the North Korean company Samchŏlli in Kaesŏng. Production began in 2002 and the program began airing in South Korea on EBS in 2003.
The series revolves around the adventures of Pororo and his friends who live in the snowy village of Porong Porong Forest, who often encounter challenges and learn practical and moral lessons in each episode.
- 1 Origin
- 2 Design
- 3 Characters
- 4 Animation history
- 5 Awards and honors
- 6 Format
- 7 Opening/ending theme songs
- 8 Social impact
- 9 References
- 10 External links
It was created in 2003 by Iconix Entertainment Co., Ltd, a company based in Seoul, South Korea.
Choi, Sanghyun, who was working at Iconix Entertainment, was given a project of creating an icon that represents an animal living in the winter. So, he kept visiting a zoo to understand animals and kids enjoying watching them. Many professional designers joined the project to come up with an icon, but Choi’s design was chosen as the winner, which became the first Pororo.
Season 1 – present
- Pororo (Voiced by Lee Seon) is the main protagonist of the series.
- Crong (Voiced by Lee Mi-ja) is a baby dinosaur and the youngest of the group and got adopted by Pororo.
- Poby (Voiced by Kim Hwan-jin) is a big polar bear.
- Eddy (Voiced by Ham Soo-jeong) is a gold fox with an invention box.
- Loopy (Voiced by (Hong So-yeong) is a pink beaver.
- Goo Ja-hyeong as the Narrator
Season 2 – present
- Petty (Voiced by Jeong Mi-sook), is Pororo's girlfriend.
- Harry (Voiced by Kim Seo-yeong), is a ruby-coloured hummingbird and sidekick of Poby.
Season 3 – present
- Lee Mi-ja as Rody
- Goo Ja- hyeong as Tong-tong
- Ham Soo-jeong as Popo
- Kim Seo-yeong as Pipi
- Hong So-yeong as Nyao
Season 4 – present
- Jang Eun-sook as Tu-tu
The original Pororo was a blue and white, petite penguin sporting an aviator helmet and goggles, which became popular among children. When it was introduced, it targeted children aged 2-4, unlike other characters devised by Iconix Entertainment that targeted children aged 2-6. Pororo is an adventurous 5-year-old penguin, who dreams of flying, and lives on a snowy island with six other animal friends. In the design, Pororo in most animations has a neutral background, so that the animation could be popular to children all around the world. The role models of Pororo in design included Mickey Mouse, the Walt Disney icon who turned 84 this year, and the Japan’s most adored character, Hello Kitty, who has been cherished for nearly 40 years. The creators cautiously picked the colors — blue, pink and white — that are familiar to children and also ones that represent both genders. When making episodes, producers paid attention to details that could be biased to certain cultural codes or give a historical reference that is sensitive to viewers in certain parts of the world. For example, they make sure Pororo and friends wave hands instead of bow or even nod to each other.
Awards and honors
In 2003, Pororo received numerous awards from the South Korean government, including the award by the Ministry of Culture and Tourism. In 2006, Pororo got the President’s award for best animation characters. In 2013, Pororo got the award for Creative Brands. In 2014, Pororo was chosen as the mascot for mass transportation in Seoul.
- Season 1 : 52 x 5' (2003)
- Season 2 : 52 x 5' (2005)
- Season 3 : 52 x 5' (2009)
- TV Movie: Pororo to the Cookie Castle : 1 x 70' (2004)
- Season 4 : 26 x 11'(2012)
- Sing-A-Long : 14 x 3' (2006)
- Pororo's English Show : 13 x 6' (2013)
- Feature Film: Pororo, The Racing Adventure : 1 x 79' (2013)
- Season 5 : 26 x 11' (2014)
- Feature Film: Pororo, Cyberspace Adventure (2015)
- Short: Netflix New Year's Eve Countdown 2018 (2017)
Opening/ending theme songs
Opening theme songs
- Season 1 : "Always Happy as Can Be"
- Season 2 : "Always Happy as Can Be" - The song is the same, but it is sped up a little bit with different instrumentation. This song is performed by the cast of characters with a kid.
- Season 3 : "Hello, Friends"
- Season 4 : "Hello, Friends" - This is same song but it includes different instrumentations.
- Season 5 : "Hello, Friends" - This is same song but it includes different instrumentations.
- Sing-A-Long with Pororo : "Let's Sing Together with Pororo" (but in the ending, it is instrumental)
Ending theme songs
- Season 1 : "We Are the Best of Friends"
- Season 2 : "All Good Friends"
- Season 3 : "Good Friends"
- Season 4 : "Good Friends"
- Season 5 : "Good Friends"
When Pororo was first created, it was just with entertainment episodes. Later parents suggest to Choi Jung-il in Iconix Entertainment that new episodes be included that have some educational purposes. Producers have received many requests, ranging from what the character should eat and how to play in episodes to what he can do for society. When these new episodes were made, kids started to follow what Pororo is doing, like crossing the road with right hand up, not being fastidious on eating food, washing and cleaning. These acts are making children easily follow and fix their attitudes in enjoyable way. In Summer 2016, there was a new carnival related to Pororo in Coex Mall, South Korea with musical and parade of the characters. 
- Editorial, Reuters. "Iconic South Korean penguin character actually half-North Korean". Retrieved 18 November 2016.
- "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-10-15. Retrieved 2012-05-28. Episode Guide Season 1
- "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-10-02. Retrieved 2012-05-28. Episode Guide Season 2
- https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLE81F0AD3149C3767 Originally 14 episodes, additional 12.
- Ulsan Maeil. "코엑스몰서 '뽀로로 카니발' 개최". 2016-05-08. Retrieved 2016-05-07.