|Chosŏn 4.26 Atong Yŏnghwa Ch'al-yŏngso|
|Founded||September 7, 1957|
|Headquarters||Othan-dong, Central District,|
|Jun Ok Kim|
Number of employees
|1,500 (2003), 500-800 (2007)|
|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. Since 2010s, SEK studio has contracted with many animation studios in China and outsourced in Chinese TV series, web animations, game graphics and commercials. SEK is currently pursuing large-scale projects with Chinese animation companies. It relates to web animated series that will be produced in China. 
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.
This section needs expansion with: information on local productions from this company. You can help by adding to it. (June 2013)
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||A film based on the Korean fairy tale "선녀와 나무꾼"|
|Heungbu and Nolbu||흥부와 놀부||2008||A film based on the Korean fairy tale "흥부전"|
|A Boy Defeats Robbers||도적을 쳐부신 소년||2006||Remake of the 1983 film|
|The Oriole’s Song||꾀꼴새가 부른 노래||2006|
|A Butterfly and a Cock||나비와 수탉||2006||Remake of the 1976 film|
|Squirrel and Hedgehog (Series 2)||다람이와 고슴도치 (2부)||2006-2012?||The show was discontinued in 2012 for reasons unknown.|
|Let's Keep the Traffic Order||교통질서를 잘 지키자요||2006-||Traffic Safety Animated Series for Kids|
|A Cat and Kids||야웅이와 꼬마들||2005|
|A Little Squirrel in Tolbaegol||돌배골의 꼬마 청서||2004|
|The Bell||방울소리||1999-2005||7 episodes, ended in 2005.|
|Prince Hodong and the Princess of Nakrang||호동왕자와 락랑공주||1990|
|Clever Raccoon Dog||령리한 너구리||1987-|||
|Welcome to Pyongyang Festival||평양 축전에 오신걸 환영합니다||1985-1989|
|Monkey Brothers||원숭이 형제||1985|
|A Winged Horse||날개달린 룡마||1983|
|A Hedgehog Defeats a Tiger||호랑이를 이긴 고슴도치||1983|
|A Boy Defeats Robbers||도적을 쳐부신 소년||1983|
|The Boy General||소년장수||1982-1996||50 episodes, ended in 1996.|
|Gun Shooters||포쏘기 선수들||1978|
|Squirrel and Hedgehog||다람이와 고슴도치 (Series 1)||1977-2005||26 episodes, ended in 2005.|
|Raccoon Dog's Height Measurement||너구리의 높이재기||1976|
|A Butterfly and a Rooster||나비와 수탉||1976|
|Why did the dog cry?||멍멍이는 왜 울었나?||1974|
|Time Bomb||시한폭탄||1967||Anti-USA Propaganda Film|
|Pig's Pumpkin Seeds||꿀꿀이의 호박씨||196?|
|Dog and Cat||멍멍이와 야웅이||1965|
|Little Red Star||꼬마붉은별||1961|
|Swallow Brothers||제비 삼형제||1961|
|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. American animation is outsourced in an indirect way.
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.
According to DVD commentary and IMDB, 2007’s The Simpsons Movie was the most prominent US project that SEK helped with. Other projects include Futurama: Bender’s Big Score and even an episode of Avatar: The Last Airbender. Therefore, it’s highly possible that millions in America and beyond have unknowingly experienced the handiwork of North Korean animators.
The list below is a part of the works outsourced by SEK studio.
|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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- "韩媒:朝鲜动画达国际水准 用动画片教育孩子" (in Chinese). Retrieved 2019-01-24.
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- Fronczak, Tom. "Top 100 Most Influential Animation Studios of All-Time". Retrieved October 12, 2012.
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- Delisle, Guy (2004). Pyongyang: A Journey into North Korean. Montreal: Drawn and Quarterly.
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