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Promotional Poster for the series, featuring the 5 main characters.
Slice of Life
|Developed by||Ffango Entertoyment|
|Written by||Yi Jeong-Geun
Jang Eun-Ju (Season 1)
Wáng Dìng Yī (Season 2)
|Directed by||Jung Hye-On (Season 1)
Wang Bo (Season 2)
|Opening theme||"Curucuru and Friends" by Ing Yeong-Hui, Yi Si-Nae and Lee Min-Jung|
|Ending theme||"Curucuru Rhythm" by Ing Yeong-Hui|
|Composer(s)||Lee Sang-ho (Music Director)
Gim Hui-Jip (Music)
|Country of origin||South Korea
Mandarin (Season 2 and 3)
|No. of seasons||3|
|No. of episodes||65|
Dale D. Yoon
|Running time||24 Minutes (First Season. Each Segment: 12 Minutes)
11 Minutes (Second Season)
|Production company(s)||Ffango Entertoyment (Season 1)
Seoul Movie (Season 1)
Beijing Pan Gaowen Media Ltd (Season 2)
Zhejiang Chinese Cartoon Co. (Season 2)
Teletoon (United States and International)
|Distributor||Iconix Entertainment (Worldwide)
Alpha Group Company (China, seasons 2 and 3)
Nelvana Limited (United States and International)
|Picture format||SDTV (480i 4:3)|
|Original release||November 24, 2006– November 23, 2016|
|Curucuru and Friends|
|Revised Romanization||Kkurukkuruwa Chingudeul|
Curucuru and Friends (Hangul: 꾸루꾸루와 친구들; RR: Kkurukkuruwa Chingudeul; also known as Tales of Greenery or The Family of Greenwood (Chinese: 绿树林家族; pinyin: Lǜ shù lín jiāzú)) is a 2006 Korean-Chinese Stop Motion series animated by Ffango Entertoyment (Now Comma Studios), primarily aimed for Preschoolers. It is officially Ffango's first original stop motion animated series, directed by Jung Hye-On and written by both Yi Jeong-Geun and Jang Eun-Ju with character designs by Jin Hyo-Jung.
The first season is aired KBS1 from November 24, 2006 to February 16, 2007, with a total of 13 episodes. A second season, made after the rights transfer, is then produced and aired in China, produced in a joint collaboration between Zhejiang Chinese Cartoon Co. and Beijing Pan Gaowen media Ltd from September 2013 to February 2014, with a total count of 26 episodes. A movie sequel titled Curucuru and Friends: The Rainbow Tree Forest (Hangul: 꾸루꾸루와 친구들: 무지개 나무의 비밀; RR: Kkurukkuruwa Chingudeul: mujigae namuui bimil) was released on Korean theaters on November 19, 2015. A third season of the series was released in 2016.
The story is set in a village called Green Forest Village, where is inhabited by friendly animals. The story were focused on 5 special animal friends whose friendship binds them together, Koori: A brown raccoon boy and an aspiring inventor, Pinpin: A blue and white giant panda boy and a warm hearted artist, Lalla: a pink Tabby cat girl and an aspiring musician who wishes to be a princess, Toto: a purple bat boy who wants to be a pilot and fly and lastly; Curucuru, a brown bear boy who likes to cook. All of them venture through several adventures in the forest and town, making exciting and marvelous stories and also getting in and out of trouble as they learn valuable lessons in life and things around them.
Around the second season, the story revolves around the kids trying to foil the troublemaking duo Archie, a gray jackrabbit boy and Dangdang, a brown monkey boy who were trying to cause trouble in the Green Forest Village.
The Rainbow Tree Forest
The movie takes place between Seasons 1 and 2. The Green Forest Village hosts a festival in celebration of the 1000th anniversary of the large tree growing in the middle of the village. While Curucuru and his friends are helping in the festival, they learned that tree's vitality is due to a legendary item call the Pingya, which gives it Eternal Love and Life. But in the midst of the festival, a bunch of Pirate Hyenas came to the village and stole the legendary item, causing the tree to wilt. Now it's up to Curucuru and his pals to get it back from the pirates, before things can go worse. But amidst the actual troubles they face, the kids also encounter a strange Tiger child, who is connected to the incident.
- Voiced by: Choe Mun-Ja (Season 1), Jo Hyeon-jeong (Movie)
The series's main protagonist, Curucuru is a brown bear boy who likes to cook but sometimes has tendencies to get hungry and eat anything. Despite being big, he's very lazy, sleepy and sometimes lack courage and tenacity but despite all of these, he is always supportive to all of his friends. He is also a very slow runner and has problems with his weight. He is best friends with Toto.
- Voiced by: Jeon Tae-Yeol (Season 1), Bak Sin-hee (Movie)
Koori is a brown raccoon boy who is well known as the town's aspiring inventor. Usually prideful, smart and always brags, his creations were a hit and miss when it comes to success. Somehow he never gives up on inventing and impressing his friends. He has a little sister named Haru and is also the oldest of the two siblings.
- Voiced by: Hong Yeong-Lan (Season 1), Lee So-eun (Movie)
Lalla is a pink Tabby cat girl and the only female member of the group, who is the village's aspiring singer. She likes to dance and perform but also doesn't want her private stuff to be touched. She's very posh, likes attention and likes to be pretty, but also very kind to her friends. She lives with her mother and shown to collect various types of dolls and cute stuff.
- Voiced by: Choe Jeong-Ho
Pinpin is a blue and white giant panda boy who likes to paint and draw, considered as the Picasso of the Greenery Forest. He likes to paint and draw, thought sometimes has a hard time finding inspiration. He is very calm and also has a kind heart to everyone, thought also gets rather scared and saddened easily. He lives with his parents and often seeks advise to his grandfather, who lives near the lake.
- Voiced by: Gim Ok-Gyeong (Season 1), Yuri Seo (Movie)
Toto is a purple bat boy who wishes to fly and also likes to become a pilot. The youngest member of the group, he is very curious, inquisitive and also very adventurous. However, for these traits, he can be very mischievous and sometimes stubborn on things. Despite being a bat, he somehow can't fly due to the lack wings. He is best friends with Curucuru.
- Voiced by: N/A
One of the characters debuting in season 2, Archie is a light gray jackrabbit boy who causes trouble to the children in the Green Forest Village. He is always accompanied by Dandan on their schemes.
- Voiced by: N/A
Also a character debuting in season 2, Dandan is a brown monkey boy who also causes trouble to the children in the Green Forest Village. He always adores Archie on building up schemes.
Season 1 (2006-2007)
|No.||English Title/Korean Title||Original air date|
|01||"Friends of Greenery / We've got Pretty Flowers"||24 November 2006|
|02||"Scary Play Mask / The Bird Chorus"||1 December 2006|
|03||"What you said hurts / I want to get Slim"||8 December 2006|
|04||"Know Know, Want to Know / Curucuru's a Sleepyhead"||15 December 2006|
|05||"A Warm Snowy Day / The Moon gets Sick"||22 December 2006|
|06||"Where are you Wind? / I'm Sorry Lalla"||29 December 2006|
|07||"Koori the Great Inventor / It's ok, I'm right here!"||5 January 2007|
|08||"Greenery Rescue Team / Lalla's Treasure Bag"||12 January 2007|
|09||"Happy Cooking Time / I Want to be a Mom"||19 January 2007|
|10||"Greenery Flower Festival / Happy Treasure Hunting"||26 January 2007|
|11||"Pinpin in Wonderland / Find the Sound of Spring"||2 February 2007|
|12||"The Candid Vacuum Cleaner / Toto's Birthday Party"||9 February 2007|
|13||"The Little Magician / Lalla's Concert"||16 February 2007|
Season 2 (2013-2014)
Season 3 (2016)
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