Squirrel and Hedgehog (Chosŏn'gŭl: 다람이와 고슴도치, lit. Dharam and the hedgehog) is a North Korean animated series about two teenage anthropomorphic animals that fight an evil army. Given the fact the show is from North Korea, it is one of the only programs available in the country, as North Korean television is controlled by the country's government. Because of this, it is highly likely all North Korean programs are loaded with propaganda, similar to this animated series.

Why It Sucks

  1. It is nothing more than a propaganda cartoon.
  2. It has a lot of graphic violence (such as murder and suicide) and swearing, despite the fact that the show is made for children. The opening theme of the show labels it as a "Children's Cartoon", which leads to more irony.
  3. Hidden political messages.
  4. In addition of the aforementioned political messages, all characters represent some of the countries - squirrels, hedgehogs and ducks portray North Korea, bears portray Russia, mice, weasels and wolves portray South Korea, Japan and America respectively.
  5. The main two titular characters are teenage soldiers.
  6. Half of the time, the lip-sync does not match the dialogue. Sometimes, the characters mouths do not move at all when they are speaking. This is especially apparent during the beginning of the 31st episode of the show.
  7. Odd sound effects. This is also apparent in the 31st episode. In one scene, an opening door sounds more like a vibrating cell phone.

Redeeming Qualities

  1. The animation is okay at best, although it is sometimes slow and the aforementioned lip-synching could be touched up on and improved.
  2. It does have some sweet moments.
  3. Decent character designs and voice acting.
  4. Good music.
  5. It's nowhere near as soulless as Tomorrow's Pioneers.


What the HELL is Squirrel and Hedgehog? (The North Korean Propaganda Cartoon) A Review

What the HELL is Squirrel and Hedgehog? (The North Korean Propaganda Cartoon) A Review