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SEK Studio (Scientific Educational Korea; also known by the longer name The Chosun April 26th Children Film Studio) is a North Korean-based animation studio officially founded in 1997, though it existed as early as the late '50s. They mainly work on shows for European companies (especially Italy's Mondo TV), but also have done uncredited work for South Korean animation studios that get their contracts from the US. More recently, it has done work for Chinese animation companies.

See also Studio Paek-ho, the other North Korean animation studio.

SEK Studio's Work includes

As Subcontractor For Various South Korean Studios, All Uncredited


  • The Drakers (it has a similar animation style to Angel's Friends and Puppy in My Pocket, both of which were supposedly animated by SEK. However, the credits for the Italian and English versions don't list SEK, and instead list Mondo TV as doing the animation.)
  • Cat Leo (Russian-Italian 2016 series; like the The Drakers, the credits list Mondo TV as doing the animation but it's often assumed that SEK actually animated this series, considering that they have worked on most of Mondo TV series.)

Tropes Associated with Studio SEK:

  • All-CGI Cartoon: 새로 사귄 동무 (2004) (English: A new companion) and 새로 사귄 동무 제2부 우리 선수들 (2005) (English: A new companion - Part 2: Our players), which were dubbed in English as part of the Happy Adventures anthology series.
  • Animated Anthology: The Great Book of Nature, Toy Toons and Happy Adventures are compilations of older short films, produced in-house by SEK.
  • Animation Bump: Squirrel and Hedgehog, which has pretty fluid animation at times.
  • Production Posse:
    • Frequently works on series and movies for Mondo TV.
    • According to the DVD commentaries on both projects, Rough Draft briefly used SEK to provide supporting work for the Futurama movie "Bender's Big Score" and The Simpsons Movie, making some of the only cases of western animation (alongside Avatar: The Last Airbender and the 2003 version of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles) to be animated in North Korea, where foreign media is banned there due to the country's strict laws. This is due to South Korea having contracts from the US to outsource animation there.
  • Stop Motion: Toy Toons and certain episodes of Happy Adventures.
  • Thick-Line Animation: Kim.
  • Urban Legends: There was a bit of false information going around for a while that Studio SEK did uncredited work on The Lion King (1994). The misinformation seemed to stem from this article, thanks to ambiguous wording. In reality, the article is referring to Simba the King Lion, an Italian series based on the same story. It didn't help that the infamous "SFX" in the clouds (which some Moral Guardians thought said "SEX") was interpreted by some as "SEK", and was supposedly Studio SEK's way of getting their company name in the movie. Needless to say, all of this is bunk, and Disney's The Lion King was animated entirely in America.

Alternative Title(s): Studio SEK