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SEK Studio (Scientific Educational Korea; also known as the longer named 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 it also has 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.

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


SEK Studio's Work includes

Unconfirmed:

  • 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 English version don't list SEK, and instead list Mondo TV as doing the animation.)

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.
  • Off-Model: The Legend of the Titanic
  • Production Posse: Frequently works on series and movies for Mondo TV.
  • 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

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