Squirrel and Hedgehog (Chosŏn'gŭl: 다람이와 고슴도치 Dalam-iwa Goseumdochi, lit. Dharam and the hedgehog) is a North Korean animated series about two teenage anthropomorphic animals who fight an evil army.
Why It Sucks
- It is one of those propaganda shows aired in North Korea, in fact, these types of shows always portray the U.S. in a very negative way.
- There's a lot of graphic violence (such as murder and suicide) and swearing in this show, 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.
- Hidden political messages.
- In addition of the aforementioned political messages, all characters represent some of the countries - brave squirrels, hedgehogs and ducks portray North Korea, strong but dumb bears portray Soviet Union/Russia while cowardly mice, nasty weasels and badass wolves portray South Korea, Japan and America respectively.
- The main two titular characters are teenage soldiers.
- 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 show's 31st episode.
- Odd sound effects. This is also apparent in the previously-mentioned 31st episode. In fact, in one scene, an opening door sounds more like a vibrating cell phone.
- The animation is fine for a 1977 cartoon, although the character animation is sometimes slow and the aforementioned lip-synching could be touched upon and improved.
- It does have some sweet moments.
- Decent voice acting.
- Good music.
- At least its soullessness level is NOTHING compared to those of Tomorrow's Pioneers and Juchekorea Stargeo.