TeleMonster's 'Monster Time' melds K-pop with canids
Monster, monster… no-one knows this thrilling feeling. Dizzy how, dizzy how - it's TeleMonster time!
So, what's happening here? Well, as explained on TeleMonster's website, it's a series of children's cartoon shorts featuring forest monsters Eerie (a wolf), Yossi (three-tailed fox), frog sidekick/snack Rock-G, and the spherical Popo, who can "teleport viewers to their friends in the television world".
These main characters are accompanied by Madame Coco and Monsieur Cou, their eggs Oma, Omi and Ome, as well as pond-monster Mikli and shark Jawjaw. All are featured in a series of shorts which have resurfaced in furry circles in recent months as the show started to air.
The show's first preview came out in October 2014, followed by a monk-filled extravaganza, a sheep-shearing interlude, and a trip to candyland. They were produced for public broadcaster MBC by Studio Gale, who specialize in children's programs with animal characters.
Naturally, furries have been providing their own renditions of the show's canid duo, many of which are actually suitable for its target audience. There are also official mascot costumes, and an original sound track by local boy-bands Infinite and BtoB (responsible for Eerie's 'Come On').
TeleMonster episodes such as Fashion King Yossi, where the vixen brings a new style to the forest, are not officially available outside of Korea. However, an ad campaign to get children to eat their carrots has been publicly released. (Of course, the original Telly Monster takes the cookie.)