Squirrel and Hedgehog
is a North Korean
animated series. Like everything else out of North Korea, it's blatant propaganda.
It is about the inhabitants of a place called Flower Hill, which is made up of squirrels, hedgehogs, and ducks. The squirrels are the leadership, the hedgehogs are the soldiers, and the ducks are the navy. This faction represents North Korea.
There are plenty of other factions as well, such as friendly bears (Soviet Union/Russia), and evil weasels (Japan), mice (South Korea) and wolves (United States of America).
Not to be confused with Moose and Squirrel
Squirrel and Hedgehog provides examples of the following tropes:
- Back from the Dead: White Weasel, apparently. He was unambiguously pronounced dead but still returns later on.
- Bad Boss: All the villains.
- Big Bad: The first series presented the weasels as this. The second series presented the wolves as this.
- Butt Monkey: Mulmangcho (from the Mice Army) is never respected by anyone, heroes and villains alike. This carries him into realm of Ineffectual Sympathetic Villain, considering how hard he tries.
- The Cassandra/Cassandra Truth: Mulmangcho is forever trying to convince whoever it is he happens to be working for that Geumsaegi and Juldarami are still loyal to Flower Hill. His warnings not only always go unheeded, but the dynamic duo often manage to twist his evidence to make him seem to be the traitor, getting him into trouble.
- Cluster F-Bomb: Assuming the translator didn't decide to spice up the dialog in the sub, almost everyone swears as bad as Revy. The translator probably did. The Northern dialect is famous (or infamous) among Korean speakers for sounding extremely archaic, and preserving a number of formalities that disappeared from the Southern dialects decades ago.
- Faking the Dead: The Weasel Commander solves the issue of Black Weasel and General Mangko betraying him by pretending to commit suicide to lure them out into the open, where he is able to confront them at his own funeral.
- Family-Unfriendly Death: Characters are shot and killed onscreen. The only thing not allowed is showing a character shooting themselves, fatally or otherwise. The only time the camera doesn't cut away, the bullet is a blank. It does cut away when the Weasel Commander pretends to shoot himself. We see him put the gun to his head but then it cuts to the reaction of his aides outside his office door.
- Furry Fandom: No surprise there especially with Lt. Vixen.
- Godwin's Law: A propaganda cartoon about an army of hedgehogs heroically fending off the evil canid who threatens their homely woodlands with help from other animals representing the military's other branches, thereby saving all the cowardly animals who are unwilling to fight? The Nazis already made one, in 1940. Assuming this is not just a mere coincidence, it might be a particularly twisted example of Follow the Leader.
- Good Colors, Evil Colors: Red = Good and Blue = American Wolf.
- Group Hug: The heroes of the series have one in the middle of a fiery battlefield while behind enemy lines.
- The Hero: Geumsaegi is the gallant savior of Flower Hill.
- Heroic Sacrifice: Often. It's propaganda, you know.
- If You're So Evil, Eat This Kitten: The wolves tell Geumsaegi to shoot Dr. Mole to prove his loyalty, but it takes him about five seconds to figure that Dr. Mole is too valuable a source of information for the wolves so they must have dragged out an impersonator.
- Impairment Shot: In Episode 1 the world spins from Bear's perspective—the mice got him drunk so he couldn't protect Flower Hill from attack.
- Insult Backfire: A real life example. The show uses huge and powerful wolves with glowing blue eyes to symbolize Americans and the reaction that many Americans have to seeing themselves portrayed in this way is something along the lines of "Aw, hell yeah! We kick ASS!"
- Ms. Fanservice: Lt. Vixen has a lot of fans for this reason.
- No Cartoon Fish: Photo-realistic ones at that.
- Patriotic Fervor: It's from friggin' North Korea. Would you expect anything else?
- Savage Wolves: The Wolves are portrayed as despicable brutes that wish to destoy the Flower Hill community and enslave its people. They train by breaking logs barehanded and tossing jeeps.
- The Starscream: So far, almost all the various villains' Dragons have been this, and if they aren't, then Geumsaegi and Juldarami, undercover as Flower Hill traitors, will convince the villain they are, as a means to sow strife and distrust among their enemies and lessen their effectiveness.
- Tears of Joy: The show is infamous for this.
- World of Funny Animals