|Chosŏn 4.26 Atong Yŏnghwa Ch'al-yŏngso|
|Founded||September 7, 1957|
|Headquarters||Othan-dong, Central District, Pyongyang, North Korea|
|Jun Ok Kim|
Number of employees
|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'gŭl: 조선4·26만화영화촬영소; lit. "Korean April 26 Animation Film Studio") is a North Korean animation studio, based in Othan-dong, Central District, Pyongyang.
The studio started operations in September 1957, as April 26 Children's Film Studio. Around 1985, it began to outsource animation for European television. It was registered as the SEK Studio in 1997 in order to take part at an animation festival in France. SEK Studio participated in "Shijiazhuang International Animation Exhibition" on September 30, 2014. SEK Studio is expected to introduce a new science fiction genre animation.
History of Names
- Chosun National Film Studio – Puppet Animation Film Research Institute (1957~1959)
- Chosun National Film Studio – Animation Film Studio (1959~1960)
- Chosun National Film Studio – Animation Film Production (1960~1964)
- Chosun Children's Film Studio (1964~1971)
- Chosun Science Education Film Studio – Animation Film Production Team (1971~1980)
- Chosun Science Education Film Studio – Children's Film Production Team (1980~1996)
- Chosun 4.26 Children's Film Studio (1996~2013)
- Chosun 4.26 Animation Film Studio (2013~)
As of 2003, SEK Studio employed over 1,500 people and subcontracted work for over 70 companies from around the globe, including Europe, South Korea, China, Canada and the United States. After the introduction of advanced equipment, the number of employees was reduced to about 500. There are 11 animation production teams in SEK Studio, 9 production teams are responsible for overseas animations subcontracting, and the 2 production teams produce domestic animations. According to Animation Career Review, SEK is the 85th most influential animation studio of all-time. SEK Studio's staff is mostly from Pyongyang Art Academy, and SEK Studio has established an animation training institute to teach young students.
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SEK has provided animation for the following works:
SEK Studio has produced over 300 Animations.
|English Title||Original Title||Year||Notes|
|The Boy General (Series 2)||소년장수 (2부)||2015|
|Two Boys who Found the Answer||답을 찾은 두 소년||2015|
|Byeolnam and Rubber Ball||별남이와 고무공||2011|
|The Enchanted Mountain||금강산 팔선녀||2008|
|The Queen of the Swallows||흥부와 놀부||2008|
|The Song by an Oriole||꾀꼴새가 부른 노래||2006|
|Butterfly and Rooster||나비와 수탉||2006||Remake of the 1976 film|
|Squirrel and Hedgehog (Series 2)||다람이와 고슴도치 (2부)||2006||Aired in the 2000s decade.|
|Let's Keep the Traffic Order||교통질서를 잘 지키자요||2006||Traffic Safety Animated Series for Kids|
|Prince Hodong and the Princess of Nakrang||호동왕자와 락랑공주||1990|
|Clever Raccoon Dog||령리한 너구리||1987|||
|A Winged Horse||날개달린 룡마||1983|
|The Boy General||소년장수||1982||50 episodes, ending in 1996.|
|Squirrel and Hedgehog||다람이와 고슴도치||1977|
|Raccoon Dog's Height Measurement||너구리의 높이재기||1976|
|Butterfly and Rooster||나비와 수탉||1976|
|Time Bomb||시한폭탄||1967||Anti-USA Propaganda Film|
|Our Hill||우리 동산||1959||SEK Studio's First Animation Film|
SEK Studio has subcontracted over 250 Foreign Animations. They mainly work on subcontracting Italian, French, Spanish and Chinese animation.
SEK has done work on several animated series from Mondo TV, including Pocahontas: Princess of the American Indians and Simba the King Lion, (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.
|Futurama Bender's Big Score||2007||Outsourced by Rough Draft Studios|
|The Simpsons Movie||2007||Outsourced by Rough Draft Studios|
|Empress Chung||2005||First animated feature produced and released simultaneously in North and South Korea|
|Tentacolino||2004||Produced by Mondo TV|
|Corto Maltese, la cour secrète des arcanes||2002|
|The Legend of the Titanic||1999||Produced by Mondo TV|
|Gandahar (Light Years)||1988|||
|How Wang-Fo Was Saved||1987|
In popular culture
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. because SEK studio subcontracted the Corto Maltese animation.
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- Susan Kitchens (March 3, 2003). "Axis of animation". Forbes. Retrieved June 23, 2013.
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- "북한 애니메이션 산업 육성, 해외진출 확대 전망" (in Korean). Retrieved 2018-04-23.
- "북한 "SF애니 과학기술 역군 육성위한 중대한 과업"" (in Korean). Retrieved 2018-05-03.
- "북한의 비교우위 산업은?...애니메이션!" (in Korean). Retrieved 2018-05-09.
- "북 대표적인 아동영화 제작소 '조선4.26아동영화촬영소'" (in Korean). Retrieved 2018-05-23.
- Fronczak, Tom. "Top 100 Most Influential Animation Studios of All-Time". Retrieved October 12, 2012.
- "SEK Animation Studio [kp]". IMDb. Retrieved October 12, 2012.
- "Title not available" (PDF) (in Korean). Korea Culture & Travel Institute. 2012. pp. 138–39. Retrieved June 30, 2013.
- "North Korean animation industry, Expansion into overseas markets" (in Korean). Retrieved 2018-04-24.
- Khorsand, Solmaz (April 2007). "Knuddelachse". Datum (in German). Archived from the original on July 17, 2010. Retrieved June 24, 2013.
- Park Chan-Kyong (February 5, 2007). "North Korea supplies laughs as well as lethal weapons". North Korean Economy Watch. AFP.
- Russell, Mark (August 31, 2005). "Uniting the Two Koreas, in Animated Films at Least". The New York Times.
- Delisle, Guy (2004). Pyongyang: A Journey into North Korean. Montreal: Drawn and Quarterly.
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