Pororo the Little Penguin
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|Pororo the Little Penguin|
English Title Card
|Country of origin||North Korea|
|No. of seasons||6|
|No. of episodes||150 (Not counting Pororo's Sing-A-Long and Pororo the English Show Episodes) (list of episodes)|
|Running time||10 minutes per episode of two shorts|
(until Season 3)
11 minutes per episode
(Season 4 – present)
|Original network||TBS, MBS, EBS1|
|Original release||November 27, 2003 –|
Pororo the Little Penguin (Japanese: ポロロ; Korean: 뽀롱뽀롱 뽀로로) is a computer animated television series created by ICONIX Entertainment, SK Broadband, OCON, EBS and Channel One with the animation done by Studio Gail and rendered by Seoul Animation Center (formerly with the North Korean company Samchŏlli in Kaesong from season 1~2) 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 hamlet 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 Episode
- 10 References
- 11 External links
It was created in 2003 by Iconix Entertainment Co., Ltd, a company based in Seoul, South Korea.
Choi Sang-hyun, 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. Unlike other characters, he speak his own language, "Crong~," but sometimes he use human words when he needs them.
- Poby (Voiced by Kim Hwan-jin) is a polar bear with a big heart.
- Eddy (Voiced by Ham Soo-jeong) is a gold fox with an invention box.
- Loopy (Voiced by (Hong So-yeong) is a pink beaver who loves to cook.
- Goo Ja-hyeong as the Narrator
Season 2 – present
- Petty (Voiced by Chung Misook), is a penguin that joined Pororo and the others in the Porong Porong Forest.
- Harry (Voiced by Kim Seo-yeong), is a ruby-coloured hummingbird and sidekick of Poby.
Season 3 – present
- Lee Mi-ja as Rody, a robot invented and loved by Eddy
- Goo Ja- hyeong as Tong-tong, a magical dragon.
- 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 4-7, unlike other characters devised by Iconix Entertainment that targeted children aged 4-7. 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 New 1 : "Hello, Friends" - This is same song but it includes different instrumentations.
- 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.
- Season 6 : "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 for entertainment. Later, parents suggested to Choi Jung-il in Iconix Entertainment that new episodes be included that have some educational value. Producers have received many requests, ranging from what the characters should eat and how they should play in episodes to what they can do for society. When these new episodes were made, kids started to follow what Pororo was doing, like crossing the road with their right hand up, being fastidious while eating food, washing and cleaning. These episodes helped children fix their attitudes in an enjoyable way. Korean Air also provides Pororo related merchandise for kids which include a doodle book, a coloring book, as well as a plush toy of the character. In the summer of 2016, a Pororo theme park opened in Coex Mall, South Korea that features rides and a parade of the Pororo characters. 
- Editorial, Reuters. "Iconic South Korean penguin character actually half-North Korean". Retrieved 18 November 2016.
- Credits of the later seasons
- Credits of the first season
- "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-10-15. Retrieved 2012-05-28.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link) Episode Guide Season 1
- "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-10-02. Retrieved 2012-05-28.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link) 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.
- "뽀로로, 디즈니社 1조원 제안 걷어찼다". 아시아경제 (in Korean). 2011-07-14. Retrieved 2019-03-19.