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Pucca (짜장소녀 뿌까, Jjajang Sonyeo Ppukka), also known currently as Disney's Pucca, is a Canadian/South Korean animated television series based on a series of shorts created by Voozclub Character Workgroup. The series revolves around 11-year-old Pucca, a young girl who is in love and obsessed with a 12-year-old 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 premiered in 2006, with a set of 26 episodes (78 segments). The second season of the show, consisting of 13 episodes (39 segments), began airing in 2008 after it was ordered to be created by Jetix Europe. In total, not including the previous online aired episodes of the show, this brought the number of created episodes to 117.[4][5]

Characters

Main characters

Pucca

Pucca is the series' titular character. She is a Korean girl who loves Garu. Pucca chooses not to speak, instead communicating with giggling, laughing, and growling sounds. Pucca lives with the 3 Master Chefs at the Goh-Rong Restaurant, who are her uncles. She also delivers noodles from the restaurant on her scooter. Although she isn't a ninja she has demonstrated some unique abilities of her own that make up for what she lacks in training. Some of these abilities are: a nearly indestructible head, the ability to run on water, to 'transform'into ether a Sailor Scout or a mermaid, and immense strength. Though she is typically sweet-natured, Pucca can be temperamental when she does not get what she wants. Pucca has very long black hair, but usually wears it in the odango style. She is often referred to being a goddess of weather as she caused rain clouds and wind to form: either when the Master Chefs' feuding got annoying or when Ring Ring pushed her too far by taking Garu from her, causing her to fly away when the winds got too much. Voiced by: Tabitha St. Germain (English) Ikue Otani (Japanese)

Garu

Garu is a ninja in training. Like Pucca, he does not talk in the TV series, continuing to only use the sounds from the Flash cartoons. He will immediately accept a quest if told it will bring him "great honor". Like Pucca, Garu is capable of superhuman athletics and endurance. In addition to being a skilled fighter, Garu has also demonstrated the ability to play the erhu. Garu does not display excessive affection towards Pucca in the TV series, but in the episode "And The Band Played Rong" when Tobe insulted Pucca, Garu became infuriated and attacked him. Their relationship is more explicitly shown in the original flash series, where they are more explicitly displayed as a couple. He is friends with Abyo. Voiced by: Brian Drummond (English) Motoko Kumai (Japanese)

3 Master Chefs

Linguin, Uncle Dumpling, and Ho are The owners/chefs of the Goh-Rong Korean restaurant, and Pucca's guardians. They cook jajangmyeon noodles as a team. They hold their noodles in very high regard, and possess a culinary honor system. In "Chef Slump," it is revealed the chef brothers are adept in athletics and martial arts (but in a cooking matter). The uncles once had a common love interest in Kua, an adventurer, though she ended up leaving them for Master Soo. In "Hot and Bothered," Ho also has a love interest in a fire goddess named Hottie. Voiced by: Michael Dobson (Uncle Dumpling), Brian Dobson (Ho) and Dale Wilson (Linguigi)

Abyo

Abyo is Garu's best friend. A practitioner of Kung-Fu, Abyo is competitive, arrogant, and excitable. Ching has a crush on him and often gets jealous when he flirts or looks at girls. Abyo is the son of Bruce, the police chief of Sooga. He is patterned (or stereotyped) after Bruce Lee. Voiced by: Lee Tockar (English) Ryuzou Ishino (Japanese)

Ching

Ching is the daughter of Chang, is Pucca's age, and is the master of Turtle Training Hall from which she learned sword-handling and combat. Sometimes she and Pucca hang out with Garu and Abyo (who Ching has an affection for) She also has a magic-egg laying chicken named Won that can often be seen sitting on her head. Voiced by: Chantal Strand (English) Sachi Sukigara (Japanese)

Santa Claus

First appearing in a Christmas story, but later began to appear frequently, showing what he does when it's not Christmas. This includes many jobs such as being a doctor, a taxi driver and a shop keeper. He is usually an unwitting victim of Pucca when she is after Garu. In one episode Santa signs up to become a ninja like Garu. Before he became Santa, he was known as a thief called Red Lantern who used to work in pair with a ninja named Black Powder. Voiced by: French Tickner

Villains

Ring Ring

Is a blue-haired girl with green eyes, who is vain and selfish. Ring Ring is the goddess of the wind source curse yang and is from China(explaining her Chinese choice of clothing). When someone makes her angry, she gains the ability to stretch and control her long hair and the sleeves of her dress, and the power to sing in a high octave. She has a Shih-tzu named Yuni. She spends most of her time trying to get attention off of Pucca or to hurt her. Only a few times, she saw the consequences in pushing Pucca too far when the latter was revealed to be a weather goddess.

Voiced by: Tabitha St. Germain (English) Ikue Ohtani (Japanese)

Tobe

First appeared in Oasis. A main villain, Tobe is rarely capable of defeating Garu, much less Pucca. Tobe is obsessed with trying to strike vengeance on Garu. Tobe has an x-shaped scar between his eyes and usually wears his ninja mask, showing only the above. He is accompanied by his ninja minions who usually eliminate themselves by misinterpreting Tobe's commands or acting stupid. Voiced by: Lee Tockar (English) Masato Funaki (Japanese)

The Vagabond Ninja Clan

A trio of crooks mostly performing petty crimes. They are: Binggure (a clown kicked out of the circus for not being able to laugh), Jumong (a bungling magician), and Jing-Jing or Chief (the female boss of the Vagabond Ninja Clan). Jing-Jing is in love with Tobe, and marries him in the episode "Evil Love" because of Cupid's mis-shot arrow. Voiced by: Bill Mondy (Clown), Shannon Chan-Kent (Chief), Louis Chirillo (Shaman)

Muji

He is obsessed with grooming his sentient mustache, and uses genetic mutants, called zombies, as minions. In the episode "Ping Pong Pucca," he teamed up with Tobe to win against Garu and Abyo in a ping-pong tournament. In "A Better Boyfriend," he pretends to kidnap Ching to get grooming products for his mustache. Voiced by: David "Squatch" Ward

Minor Villains

Cat Clan

They are rivals to Mio (Garu's cat) and are all in love with Yani (Pucca's cat). Although its never mentioned in the show, their names are, according to the Jetix website are: Brutus, Socrates, and Napoleon.

Doga

An evil witch with a foul temper, she attacks anyone if they so much as step on her shadow. Voiced by: Kathleen Barr

Supporting characters

Dada

A dishwasher and waiter at the restaurant. He is nervous and has a crush on Ring-Ring until after the way she treated him in the end of "Soap Opera". In "Chef Napped," he helped Ring Ring kidnap noodle chefs from around the world, including the chefs: Dumpling, Ho and Linguini(as a form of revenge for the way they mistreated him). He once became Ring-Ring's boyfriend in "Soap Opera," thanks to Mister Dishey (a bubble genie). When he was exposed by Pucca to everyone, Ring-Ring was furious and left him. Despite this, she is sympathetic towards him, as he often feels down and is grateful for her kindness. It's also hinted that Dada develops feelings for Pucca and doesn't think Garu is right for her. Hence, he teamed up with Ring Ring again in "He Loves Me Not" to pretend to be Garu in his attempt to show Pucca that she was wasting her time chasing after him. When Garu exposes Dada as the imposter, Pucca is angry with him for it because his actions was a form of betrayal to their friendship. Voiced By Lee Tockar and Voiced by Yasuhiro Takato

Destiny

Destiny is a golden Chinese-style dragon who lives in a cave behind the waterfall in Sooga Lake. Destiny is a lounge singer and piano player. He and Pucca attempted to plan a romantic date with her and Garu. Garu walked off, but when Destiny said that because he left Pucca crying, he has no honor he fights him. In the end, Pucca helped him to score his first gig in five hundred years performing at the Goh-Rong. He reappeared in "Chef Napped!" where he flew the gang to Las Vegas for the World of Noodles Convention, and helped to rescue the chefs when they were kidnapped. He also appeared in "Enter the Dragon Girls" as the Dragon Girls' troop leader. He was also seen in "Full Moon Pucca," when Garu was lip-synching, Destiny was behind a fence, doing the real singing. And in "Garu Hood," he ate the last noodle bowl so Garu Hood (aka Robin Hood) had to get it back. Destiny ended up eating Garu, Abyo, and Dada until Pucca beat him. Destiny can fly (though he has no wings), and breathe fire, but in addition, he can make himself grow larger by roaring or singing.

Master Soo

A man who is always surrounded by beautiful handmaidens. He acts as a being of all knowledge, and is often seen riding on a cloud. Garu admires him. In "Woolen Warrior," Master Soo is revealed to be one of the few legendary Fire Wasp Ninjas. Voiced by: Richard Newman

Ssoso

A young Buddhist monk who is very calm and collected, often speaking in proverbs and wise sayings, but also has terrible eyesight. He practiced martial arts many years in a Shaolin temple, but left there to seek better martial art skills. He is a rival to Abyo. Voiced by: Kathleen Barr

Mio

Garu's beloved black cat. It is said the time can be told by looking at Mio's eyes. He seems capable of performing a feline form of martial arts and is in love with Yani (Pucca's cat). He also hates to go to the vet's office.

Won

Ching's pet chicken who is often seen on the top of her head. She is known to lay powerful eggs which lead Tobe to try and capture Won with failed results.

Yani

Pucca's pink cat, Yani is the most popular cat in Sooga village. She always gives the paw, being a snob cat. She is loved by Mio and the Cat clan who are Mio's rivals. Yani is in love with Mio and doesn't like the Cat Clan.

Yumi

Ring Ring's pet shih tzu. She is considered to be Yani's rival. Yumi can either be seen being an accomplice to Ring Ring in trying to one up Pucca or trying to stop her. This was evident in "Ring Ring's Party Favors" when Yumi was carrying an envelope.

Summary

The series centers around the adventures of an 11-year-old girl named Pucca, who lives in a town called Sooga Village. Her love interest is a 12-year-old ninja named Garu, who owns a cat. Her uncles work in the local restaurant called the Goh-Rong, whose main dish is Jajangmyeon noodles. Then, there's her best friend Ching, who is the same age and is in love with a boy named Abyo, who likes Kung-Fu a lot and is interested to girls.

The series started in 2006 and finished in 2008.

Cast

Actor (English) Character
Tabitha St. Germain Pucca
Ring Ring
Additional Voices
Brian Drummond Garu
Brian Dobson Uncle Dumpling
Michael Dobson Ho
Dale "Fish" Wilson Linguini
Lee Tockar Abyo
Dada
Policeman Bruce
Tobe
Chantal Strand Ching
Kathleen Barr Doga
Ssoso
French Tickner Santa
Richard Newman Master Soo
Dave "Squatch" Ward Muji
Michael Daingerfield Chang

Distribution

In the United States, the series is distributed by Buena Vista Television International. In South Korea, the series is distributed by MBC Films.

Music tour

A musical show for the series was held in Lima on 8 October 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 the 8 October through 11 October.[6]

Awards

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."[4]

References

  1. "New Episodes Trickle Into CN, Adult Swim, Kids WB". (4 March 2008). Retrieved on 24 December 2010.
  2. "JCP and PUCCA ::: Jetix". (28 August 2008). Retrieved on 24 December 2010.
  3. "Studio B Sees Pucca to TV". (22 January 2007). Retrieved on 24 December 2010.
  4. 4.0 4.1 Ryan Ball (2 October 2006). "Jetix Europe Orders More Pucca".. Animation Magazine. Retrieved on 24 December 2010.
  5. "PUCCA To Air On Jetix". (19 August 2005). Retrieved on 24 December 2010.
  6. "Pucca y sus amigos darán espectáculo en Lima" (20 August 2009). Retrieved on 24 December 2010. 

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