North Korea Animation

My word. I have been slack.

A stack of new North Korean DVDs arrived, I got in contact with possibly the biggest authority (in the west) on North Korean film (Mr Johannes Schönherr) and people left right and centre have been pointing me in the direction of more online resources for North Korean film.

And yet the site isn’t getting updated as often as it should. Let’s blame it on the day job. And keep your eyes peeled for more updates in the future.

For now, to tide you over, here’s a link to a video on YouTube of a nameless North Korean anti-American animation. There’s so much to be said about the DPRK animation industry: how it often has work from the west farmed out to it, how Nelson Shin produced a joint North-South Korean animated film called Empress Chung and, most interestingly, part of Disney’s The Lion King were animated there.

But for now, let’s just enjoy this little short. And come back soon, for more updates are surely on the way.

7 thoughts on “North Korea Animation

  1. Pingback: Pyongyang: A Journey in North Korea | North Korean Films

  2. If you can can get a copy of Empress Chung on blu-ray/DVD, please tell me. I’d like to see if they come in separate audio tracks for Pyongyang/Seoul dialects, as I heard that they were dubbed respectiveely for the North/South audiences.

      • I often think Nelson Shin is keeping a hold onto his ‘baby’ for an indeterminable amount of time. Perhaps he doesn’t seem an interest to make money off of home video sales on this (much in the way Steven Spielberg didn’t release E.T. on VHS until 7 years after it was first released). I suppose we’ll never know why it’s not out there, yet very often I hear of the film being screened somewhere in the world as part of a Korean cultural exchange whatever.

  3. Hey, if you want to see the best (and longest running) NK cartoon out there, check out my channel at! Also, we have a fluent translator who will do fully timecoded subtitles for about $30 / 20 min, if you’d like any NK films translated.

    Also, do you have any idea of how we could get the missing episodes? (25, 26, 28, 29)

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