Pucca (TV series)

Pucca (짜장소녀 뿌까, Jjajang Sonyeo Ppukka) is a Canadian/South Korean animated television series based on a series of shorts created by the South Korean company VOOZ Character System. The series revolves around Pucca, a young girl who is in love and obsessed with a ninja named Garu. It also has aired on Champ TV and MBC in Korea. Internationally, the series has aired on Toon Disney's Jetix block in the United States,[1] Europe,[2] and other locales on the Jetix channel.[3]

Pucca
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Genre
Created by
  • Boo Kyoung Kim
  • Calvin Kim (co-creator)
Directed by
  • Greg Sullivan
  • Jayson Thiessen (co-director, Season 2 only)
  • Joon Won Lee (Season 3 only)
Voices of(See Voice cast)
Theme music composerPlus-Tech Squeeze Box (Season 1~2)
Yoon Joo-Hyeon, Kim-wook (Season 3~onwards)
Opening theme"Pucca Funny Love" (Season 1~2)
"Love Recipe" (Season 3~onwards)
Ending theme"Pucca Funny Love" (Extended) (Season 1~2)
"Pucca's Sweet Love" (Season 3~onwards)
Composer(s)Hal Beckett
Country of originCanada (Season 1~2)
South Korea
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons3
No. of episodes65 (193 segments) (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s)
  • Chris Bartleman
  • Blair Peters
  • Michael Lekes (Season 1)
  • Marc Buhaj (Season 2)
  • Yong Wook Kim, Book Yong Kim (Season 3)
Producer(s)
  • Kirsten Newlands (Season 1)
  • Lori Lozinski (Season 2)
  • Byong Pil Kong (Season 3)
Running time21 minutes (whole)
7 minutes (separate)
Production company(s)Studio B Productions (2006-2008)
Bazooka Studio (2018-)
VOOZ Character System
Distributor
Release
Original network
  • MBC (South Korea)
  • Jetix (International, 2006-2008)
  • Netflix (International, 2019-)
Picture formatHDTV: 1080i/720p
Audio formatDolby Digital 5.1
Original releaseSeptember 18, 2006 –
present

Pucca premiered in 2006, with a set of 26 episodes (78 segments). The second season of the show, consisting of 13 episodes (37 segments), began airing in 2008 after it was ordered to be created by Jetix Europe. In October 2018, A third season was announced by Planeta Junior, a company within Planeta Group.[4] The third season aired in South Korea on December 10th 2018 on MBC, and December 19th 2018 on Tooniverse.[5] It consists of 26 episodes (78 segments).[6] The third season of Pucca, titled "Pucca: Love Recipe" in English, released on Netflix on December 31st, 2019.

In total, not including the previous online aired episodes of the show, this brought the number of created segments to 193.

SummaryEdit

The series centers around the adventures of a 10-year-old noodle delivery girl [turns 11 years old in Slam Bam Birthday Bash[7]] named Pucca, who typically does not speak. She works in a local restaurant called the Goh-Rong in her town called Sooga Village, owned by her three uncles where their main dish is Jajangmyeon noodles. Her love interest is a 12-year-old ninja named Garu, who also does not speak. Garu is a committed ninja in training that has a serious demeanor, valuing his own company and silence. Pucca has a best friend named Ching, an 11 year old that practices Jian swordmanship[8][circular reference]. Ching has a pet chicken named Won who always sits on her head, and is in love with a boy named Abyo, who pays no attention to her and only has interests in Kung-Fu and impressing other girls.

In the third season, there is an over-arching plot surrounding the rivalry between Goh-Rong and a new local restaurant titled Dong King Restaurant (Which was originally titled to be BonaSera in the trailer[9]). Ring Ring, a local 12-year old fashion star, who appeared previously in the show and also grows a love interest to Garu, is also revealed to be the daughter of Dong King and works alongside him and his servants against Pucca and Dong King.

EpisodesEdit

SeasonEpisodesOriginally aired
First airedLast airedNetwork
12613September 18, 2006 (2006-09-18)December 31, 2006 (2006-12-31)Jetix
13January 15, 2007 (2007-01-15)May 14, 2007 (2007-05-14)
213March 3, 2008 (2008-03-03)August 11, 2008 (2008-08-11)
32613December 10, 2018 (2018-12-10)March 18, 2019 (2019-03-18)MBC
13August 1, 2019 (2019-08-01)October 31, 2019 (2019-10-31)

Voice castEdit

Season 1-2Edit

Season 3Edit

Distribution and broadcastEdit

The series was distributed in the United States by Disney–ABC International Television during its initial runtime. In South Korea, the series is distributed by MBC Films. As of 2018, the series is now distributed by Planeta Group internationally.

Home mediaEdit

Region 1 — American releases by Shout! Factory
DVD title Season(s) Episode count Release date
Ninjas Love Noodles 1 13 18 March 2008
Kung Fu Kisses
Spooky Sooga Village 11 16 September 2008
Secret Samurai Santa 10 28 October 2008
Sooga Super Squad 1, 2 13 3 March 2009

AwardsEdit

At the 2006 Annecy International Animated Film Festival, the Pucca episode "A Force of Won" was "nominated for two awards...including the Prix Jeunesse in the Animation category." During the same year, Pucca won the Leo Awards for Best Screenwriting, along with "Best Overall in an Animation Program."[10]

Music tourEdit

A musical show for the series was held in Lima on October 8th 2009. This location was chosen because of Pucca being "one of the most beloved programs on Jetix's Latin American channel." The show repeated itself eight times from October 8th to 11th 2009.[11]

See alsoEdit

  • Pucca – information about the Pucca franchise
  • Canimals – another children's television series created by Voozclub

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "New Episodes Trickle Into CN, Adult Swim, Kids WB". Firefox. 4 March 2008. Archived from the original on 23 November 2010. Retrieved 24 December 2010.
  2. ^ "JCP and PUCCA ::: Jetix". 28 August 2008. Retrieved 24 December 2010.
  3. ^ "Studio B Sees Pucca to TV". Cold Hard Flash. 22 January 2007. Retrieved 24 December 2010.
  4. ^ "Planeta Junior Brings Pucca Back". 8 October 2018. Retrieved 18 November 2019.
  5. ^ "Korea-born character Pucca reimagined as 3D animation". 9 December 2018. Retrieved 18 November 2019.
  6. ^ "Pucca Episode 26 | TVING". 14 November 2019. Retrieved 18 November 2019.
  7. ^ Slam Bam Birthday Bash on IMDb
  8. ^ "Jian". Wikipedia. Retrieved 22 October 2019.
  9. ^ "Pucca | Drupal". October 2018. Retrieved 18 November 2019.
  10. ^ Ryan Ball (2 October 2006). "Jetix Europe Orders More Pucca". Animation Magazine. Retrieved 24 December 2010.
  11. ^ "Pucca y sus amigos darán espectáculo en Lima". El Comercio. 20 August 2009. Retrieved 24 December 2010.

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