Friday, May 3, 2013

Asian Eyes' Korea - Pororo

Pororo and friends - this
computer generated cartoon
are a big hit in Korea
         Day 6, 22/Nov/2012, 3.30 pm: We were at the Yongin Everland, South Korea. After a couple of rides, we decided to head back to the park exit gate. We were supposed to meet at the Christmas tree at 4 pm and was early there. Little M pulled us to a building where little kids lined up to enter. I looked at my watch and seeing that we still have some time, I nodded my  head and everyone joined in the queue to enjoy a famous Korea cartoon show in 3D called "Pororo".  
          "Pororo the Little Penguin" is a computer-generated animated cartoon series created in 2002. We were were being told that this Pororo program is currently being aired on Australian, French, Taiwanese, Indian, Italian, Puerto Rican, Singaporean and Vietnamese channels. It also started airing in Norway, on Boomerang, and Cartoonito in the UK as well as in Disney Junior (Asia). In South Korea, Pororo has become famous among preschool kids and children and has earned the nickname "Pororo the President" while to some teenagers, "Pororo the God". 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.
          No wonder the little kids lined up to see this show. The door opened and we were led into a stage area and was asked to sit on the floor. The the lights dimmed, and after drum rolled and water gurgling noise, a guy came out narrating something like this "Far far away, unknown and untouched by human civilization, lies a peaceful island covered in snow and ice. On this white island, deep inside a small secluded forest, is a tiny village inhabited by little animals. No-one knows how they came to live on the island but they naturally came to live together in the village situated in the little valley where the sunshine is warmest and the cold wind is least harsh. In the village lives Pororo, a very inquisitive impish little penguin, good-natured polar bear Poby, smug nosy red fox Eddy, shy and timid little beaver Loopy, friendly penguin girl Petty and happy-go-lucky humming bird Harry. All of our friends have distinct personalities and different interests which sometimes cause little happenings in their calm white world. But they are all good friends and know how to help each other in times of trouble". 
            With this the door on the right opened up and and we were ushered in and took our seat at the middle row. As in any show, there will be always be good guy and bad guy. This show was about how Pororo and his gang beat the bad guy and retrieved back all water droplets. Well, as said, this is a show for little kids, and we kicked our self silly in sitting though this 20 minutes show. Nevertheless, at least we now know what is Pororo. At 4.30 pm, everyone arrived and we exited the park to get back to our bus, marking the end of our visit to Everland. The trip to Everland opened my eyes that with vigor and focus, one does not need to in Disneyland's francise to be successful in theme park business.
             Here are some pictures I take watching Pororo 3D show at Yongin Everland:
Location: Yongin, Gyeonggi-do, South Korea
Coordinates: 37.295632°N 127.203999°E
Live Xmas tree all suited up with yuletide red, green and a reindeer to boot to lighten up the festive atmosphere. 
Mummy M stole a moment to take a picture while waiting in the queue with a group of tiny tots..
Pororo the little Penguin (center in spectacles) and his gang members, namely Poby the polar bear, Eddy the fox , Petty the girl penguin, Loopy the beaver and Harry the Humming bird
The show started with gurgling sound from the big red and green flask and a young man appeared on stage, shouting "Anyong hashimnida"  
The video came to live and then more announcement in Korean. The Korean kids clapped but we just stared at the screen, no inkling what happened or announced.
Then a lady attendant came down to greet us and mentioned, I believe the do and don't, when enjoying the Pororo show. 
Before the show start, more announcement in Korean language and the tiny tots clapped except us, again. We felt like fish out of water. 
Pororo finally make his appearance with ?? (forgot his name).
The adventure of Pororo continues. Alas all narrative were in Korean, so we could not follow the story line entirely.
When show ended we actually clapped our hand because we were so relived that it ended so we can get out of that childish show.
Replica of Pororo and Petty outside the theater.
Waiting for the rest of our tour group to re-group before we make our exit out of Everland.
Back on the transit bus after we bade goodbye to Everland with Middle M busy updating his Facebook status.

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