It probably comes as no surprise that the youth of North Korea have a very different childhood experience to those of us who grew up in free societies.
While our televisions broadcasted the likes of Pokemon, Biker Mice From Mars, and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, kid ‘friendly’ entertainment takes more of a military twist in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea.
Meet Hedgehog and Squirrel…
— Jonathan G. Vit (@JonathanGVit) May 9, 2016
As reported by the Daily Dot, this cute, fuzzy, heavily armed pair give North Korea’s next generation their first taste of warfare.
And despite the nation’s strict censorship rules, swearing, gunfire, bloodshed, and battles in this show all received a pass so that ‘young comrades’ can view on state TV.
The first episode reportedly aired back in 1977, and the show has continued sporadically ever since.
The premise of the show is that squirrels and hedgehogs represent North Korea, while a bunch of weasels seemingly represent Japan.
The squirrels are the leaders, hedgehogs are soldiers, ducks form the navy, and together they protect the village of Flower Hill.
Now the weasels do not like Flower Hill, and within the first minute of episode one they can be seen on the horizon waging war and attacking ducks.
Later in the first episode viewers are introduced to another anthropomorphic character called bear – who represents the Soviets.
But as much as Bear tries to help he does have his short comings – and after accepting the gift of alcohol from a group of mice -who obviously represent South Korea and spy for the Japanese, I mean weasels- is rendered useless in defending a surprise attack.
Clearly the minds of the young are being predisposed to accepting a particular world view.
— Julie Makinen (@JulieMakLAT) May 9, 2016
As reported by the LA Times, the indoctrination doesn’t stop when the television is off.
The military imagery can be found throughout the nation, even adorning the walls of nurseries.
The whole thing would be hilarious if it weren’t so terribly sad that the nation feels the need to implant this message inside the mind’s of its future generations.
An NCTJ Journalist with an MA in Sports Journalism, Kieron is an experienced social media journalist who has worked in the industry since 2015. His experience includes work with ITN, the MEN, WISH/WIRE/TOWER FM, and 8:50 Sports Digest… not forgetting his time at ASDA.