Pororo Gift Pack Giveaway

Pororo DVD

That’s my little guy, Kyle, holding an advance copy of “The Little Penguin: Pororo’s Racing Adventure,” which will be in stores on Feb. 4.

Yup. That’s one of the perks of having me for a mom. 😀

So, what the heck is a Pororo, you ask? If you can’t tell by the cover, it’s an adorable little animated penguin. In South Korea, where the “Pororo The Little Penguin” series made its debut in 2003, it’s the show for the preschool/kindergarten set. While it airs in more than 80 countries around the world (including Brazil, Australia, France, India and the United Kingdom), the show never made a concerted effort to break the U.S. market.

Until now, that is. The scrappy little penguin is getting the movie star treatment, with a 103-minute DVD release in the United States, featuring the vocal talents of Drake Bell, Rob Schneider and Jon Heder. The plot is classic Pororo, where the characters pull together, without stooping to cheating or betraying each other’s trust.

I like that about Pororo. Unlike some kids’ series that seem to have no moral compass (cough, SpongeBob, cough), the plucky little penguin and his friends place value on doing the right thing.

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In “Pororo’s Racing Adventure,” Pororo and his pals enter a big-time sled race. Their fellow competitors include the ruthless Brown Bears. As much as Team Pororo wants to win, when they see an adversary in trouble, they display sportsmanship worthy of an Olympian. The plot reinforces what a lot of parents drill into their kids’ heads every day: that winning doesn’t always have to be the end result of competition and teamwork.

That said, no one will be surprised by the film’s ending. 😉

The production values are high in the film, and there are some cute sight gags for those familiar with Korean pop culture. For instance, there is a girl group called the Wonder Hippos, no doubt an homage to the pop band the Wonder Girls.

I will admit that while watching the film, I was (at first) thrown a bit by hearing Pororo and his buddies speaking English, instead of Korean. But, like the Korean series, the movie is super cute. (FYI: The DVD includes both the English and Korean language version of the film, as well as subtitles in Spanish and English. It would’ve been a nice touch to have made Korean subtitles available on the English language track.)

For my family, this movie is a reminder of the days when my kindergartener was a baby. These days, Kyle would rather watch “Star Wars” or the aforementioned “SpongeBob SquarePants” than “Calliou” or “Max and Ruby.” But when he was still months away from walking, he was all about that little penguin. He ate off a Pororo plate, drank from a Pororo cup and used his Pororo training chopsticks:

Pororo-Edison chopsticks

He also has a Pororo laptop toy computer that his halmoni bought for him when he was a year old. It’s supposed to help him learn Korean. I say supposed to because I don’t really know how the heck it operates. But he seems to like it just fine and still uses it:

Pororo laptop 2

Anyhow … The publicity team at Lionsgate has given me a super fun prize pack to commemorate the DVD release of “Pororo’s Racing Adventure.” And I’m going to give it away to one of my readers.

So, it is with great pleasure that I announce this awesome contest. If you enter and win (details below), you will get all of the following:

  • Pororo Alarm Clock
  • Pororo Color Pencils (12 colors)
  • Pororo Bowling Set
  • Pororo Safety Harness Backpack
  • Pororo Basketball Play Set
  • Pororo Jigsaw Puzzle 
  • The Little Penguin: Pororo’s Racing Adventure DVD

The retail value of this prize is over $110.

Pororo gift pack

Enter the contest here:

a Rafflecopter giveaway

NOTE: I’ve just added the prize generator above. To everyone who has already entered–no worries! I have noted your entries.

The winner will be selected at 11:59 p.m. Central Time on February 4, 2014. Good luck!

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Comments (17)

  1. Mei Anderson says:

    Entered!

  2. heather mulcahy says:

    Really enjoyed reading this! Now I want the.movie that much more haha.

    • Jae-Ha Kim says:

      Heather, thanks for that! The movie is really cute. We watched it in English and now Kyle wants to watch it in Korean, so we may do that tonight. Cold winter nights are perfect for a fun movie and some popcorn, no? 🙂

  3. Becca says:

    What an amazing & generous giveaway!!! My son absolutely adores Pororo! Hope we win *fingers crossed* I entered via twitter! 🙂

  4. Karen says:

    How cute! We want to enter, too!

  5. Rebecca Merry says:

    Our boys are seriously addicted to Pororo! Thanks for the chance!!

  6. Jae-Ha Kim says:

    You are all entered! 🙂 This is fun!

  7. Kelly White says:

    Huge Pororo fans here!!! I’ve got two little ones (6 and 3) who are cru-hazy about those guys!
    You rock!!!!
    Ps. I totally need to be your fb fan regardless! 😉

  8. Jenny Lee says:

    Wow, what a great prize pack. Would love to win this for B!

  9. Carol Browne says:

    Hello Ms. Kim, my daughter is a Korean adoptee who would love to win the prize. I am told she used to watch Pororo when she was a baby. There is no school near us to teach her Korean, so we have been doing our best, but we don’t speak Korean either. Thank you for the opportunity! I am following you on Twitter!

  10. Paul Sanderson says:

    Yes! I followed you on Twitter and liked your Facebook page. I actually did that a while ago. Can I be entered TWICE? 😀

  11. Lisa Santiago says:

    I follow you on very single social media that you have and I love it! LOL! I’m not a stalker, I promise. hehe I would love to win this. I don’t have kids, but I collect Pororo toys. Don’t judge. 🙂

  12. Jennifer says:

    Oh my goodness! So glad I found you on Instagram! I didn’t know that a movie was coming out! This is awesome, thanks!!!!

  13. Kate says:

    We love Pororo, but have only heard the Korean voices. Big line up for the English ones and I can’t wait to check it out.

  14. Id love to give this to my sons. It is so cute.

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