SEK Studio

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SEK Studio
Native name
Chosŏn 4.26 Atong Yŏnghwa Ch'al-yŏngso
Industry Animation
Founded September 7, 1957 (1957-09-07)[1]
Headquarters Othan-dong, Central District, Pyongyang, North Korea
Key people
Jun Ok Kim
Number of 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'gŭl조선4·26아동영화촬영소; lit. "Korean April 26 Children's Film Studio") is a North Korean animation studio, based in Othan-dong, Central District, Pyongyang.[3] SEK has done work on several animated series from Mondo TV, including Pocahontas: Princess of the American Indians[4] and Simba the King Lion,[5][6][7] (due to this two, it has been repeatedly misinformed that SEK has worked for The Walt Disney Company). SEK also has produced features such as the French science fiction epic Gandahar (The Light Years) and Empress Chung.[8]


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.[9] It was registered as the SEK Studio in 1997 in order to take part at an animation festival in France.[2]


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 United States. According to Animation Career Review, SEK is the 85th most influential animation studio of all-time.[10]


SEK has provided animation for the following works:[11]


Title Year Notes
Padre Pio 2006
The Bellflower Bunnies 2001 Season 1 (4 episodes)
Prudence Petitpas 2001
Papa Beaver's Storytime 1993 1999 episodes; credited as Studio SEK
Pif and Hercules 1989 Credited as Studio S.E.K.
Clever Raccoon Dog 1987 [12]
Squirrel and Hedgehog 1976
Pocahontas: Princess of the American Indians 1998 With Mondo TV
Simba the King Lion 1997 With Mondo TV
Squirrel and Hedgehog (Series 2) (ko) [when?] Aired in the 2000s decade.


Title Year Notes
Empress Chung 2005 First animated feature produced and released simultaneously in North and South Korea[8]
Tentacolino 2004 Produced by Mondo TV[9]
Corto Maltese: La cour secrète des Arcanes 2002
The Legend of the Titanic 1999 Produced by Mondo TV[9]
Gandahar (Light Years) 1988 [9]
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 in North Korea.[13]

See also[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. ^ "Korea SEK Company". Naenara. Archived from the original on 2005-02-13. Retrieved 2016-05-16. 
  4. ^
  5. ^ Khorsand, Solmaz (April 2007). "Knuddelachse". Datum (in German). Archived from the original on July 17, 2010. Retrieved June 24, 2013. 
  6. ^ Park Chan-Kyong (Feb 5, 2007). "North Korea supplies laughs as well as lethal weapons". North Korean Economy Watch. AFP. 
  7. ^
  8. ^ a b Russell, Mark (August 31, 2005). "Uniting the Two Koreas, in Animated Films at Least". The New York Times. 
  9. ^ a b c d "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. 
  10. ^ Fronczak, Tom. "Top 100 Most Influential Animation Studios of All-Time". Retrieved 12 October 2012. 
  11. ^ "SEK Animation Studio [kp]". IMDb. Retrieved 12 October 2012. 
  12. ^ "Title not available" (PDF) (in Korean). Korea Culture & Travel Institute. 2012. pp. 138–39. Retrieved June 30, 2013. 
  13. ^ Delisle, Guy (2004). Pyongyang: A Journey into North Korean. Montreal: Drawn and Quarterly. 

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