Ik Mik Loreland
"Ik Mik Loreland; Loria, verloren land. Waar zal ik gaan zoeken, zeg me waar ik heen moet gaan."
was an Edutainment Show
that ran for two seasons in 1994 in The Netherlands
. It was developed to be accompanying a reading method coined Veilig leren lezen
, which means "learning to read safely", and ended up traumatizing pretty much every Dutch child born between 1985 and 1995. This was especially due to the Big Bad
Karbonkel, who was Nightmare Fuel
to most viewers, which were aged 5-7 at that time.Word of God
says it was heavily inspired by Twin Peaks
(The bad guy Karbonkel is heavily based on Killer BOB).
The entire series can be viewed Here
Ik Mik Loreland contains examples of:
- Abhorrent Admirer: One of the characters gets one from episode 24 onwards, which goes hand in hand with Casanova Wannabe.
- Anti-Villain: Karbonkel seems to be a type II.
- Audience Surrogate: The protagonist of the story, Mik, serves as one.
- Batman Can Breathe in Space: There is a place called Kratermaan which closely resembles the moon. Nobody has any problem breathing there, though.
- Big Bad: Karbonkel.
- Continuity Nod: Several times over the course of the show, mostly to refreshen the memory of the viewer.
- Cyclops: Karbonkel turns into one. He gets better, though.
- Edutainment Show
- Functional Magic: Karbonkel and all of his kin can do magic. Examples include bringing about the Sugar Apocalypse mentioned later and the Voluntary Shapeshifting.
- Genre Blindness: Mik has a serious blind spot whenever she finds herself in a situation reminiscent of a fairy tale.
- Gotta Catch Them All: Every single letter has to be re-acquired over the course of the first season.
- Green-Eyed Monster: A one-eyed green monster.
- Leitmotif: Karbonkel has a very distinct one consisting of a set of strings, followed by a bass guitar. Whenever anything educational comes up, it is indicated by a distinct series of bleeps.
- Load-Bearing Boss: In the Series Finale, the tower with the Bovenbonkel in it collapses.
- The Lost Woods: Wildewoud ("Wildwood")
- The Maze: Doolgaarde, a dark and endless maze nobody has ever escaped from.
- Mr. Seahorse: A key point in episode 19.
- Opening Narration: Only done durin the first episode, though for exposition purposes.
- Our Dwarves Are All the Same: Averted. They may be small and occupy their time mostly with masonry and stoneworking, but they are more akin to a Rock Monster in some aspects.
- Paper People: The main character speculates about the existence of these people in episode 14.
- Parental Bonus: You can find plenty Innuendo and Puns, sometimes to get some crap past the radar.
- Sugar Apocalypse: Everyone becomes illiterate.
- Title Drop: In episode 13.
- Voluntary Shapeshifting: Karbonkel can transform into a green one-eyed fish.