North Korean Children’s Cartoons and Propaganda Films
Posted by ampontan on Friday, February 23, 2007
Keith Lango’s animation blog has a roughly 10-minute clip of a North Korean children’s cartoon program. Naturally, the point of the program is to instill patriotic sentiment. Considering the amount of control the government has over the media, they might well be successful.
The first few minutes have the greatest impact, but the second half has a scene with the characters enjoying a tableful of fruit. You have to wonder what the kids in North Korea think when they see that. (There’s also yet another example of the cultural similarities throughout Northeast Asia–they peel apples the same way they do in Japan, keeping the entire peel intact.)
There’s more where that came from–juchekorea has a full stash over at youtube. Try Public Information Film 2-3 to see what real propaganda looks like. It’ll be enough to give you a proper perspective on all the silliness about Karl Rove.