First Impressions – Animals: Ep 1 – 6 – 애니멀즈: 1회 – 6회


Recently, Animals replaced Dad! Where Are You Going for MBC’s Sunday night lineup.  It features Former Basketball Player Seo Jang Hoon, M.I.B’s Kangnam, Musician Don Spike, Rocker Yoon Do Hyun, Super Junior’s Eunhyuk, Comedian Kim Joon Hyun and Actor Jo Jae Yoon.  While earlier episodes featured Girl’s Generation’s Yuri, Actor Kwak Dong Yeon, g.o.d’s Park Joon Hyung and Comedian Jang Dong Min visiting a panda sanctuary in China, the story for these scenes ends 3 episodes in. The main cast members tackle different challenges as they face caring for children and dogs in a nursery school or deal with the daily challenges of life on the ranch.

We’ve all done it before where we’ve procrastinated by watching animal videos, whether they are funny or cute.  This show is a blend of both.  For those who loved the dynamic of guys having to take care of young children, you’ll find that the Dogs Who Went to Nursery School segments to be entertaining.  Certainly, Seo Jang Hoon finds the task of looking after children challenging.  Combine that with the fact that some of the kids are terrified of the puppies.

For others, there’s the O.K. Ranch, in which these city guys have to suddenly care and sleep besides farm animals.  Each of the animals have their own personalities such as Jjosa the Ostrich who pecks at everything or the Sancho the Donkey who believes that the pigs, Shin Tong and Bang Tong, are her babies.  It’s unusual but fascinating to discover their quirks and the show is proving to be enlightening in that way.

For the scenes that took place in China, we not only got to see how important the conservation are to the survival of the species but it was also a look back at the relationship between China and South Korea through their so called “Panda Diplomacy”.  One aspect of these relations allows Hallyu stars to visit face-to-face with the Triplet Pandas in the sanctuary.

Unfortunately, the filming in China ended due to the spread of an infectious virus among the panda community.  In order to prevent further spread of the virus, Chinese officials decided to restrict the panda’s contact with non-zoo officials.  As for the structure for the show, the show seemed to flow a lot better without this 3rd segment and beyond the cuteness of the pandas themselves, I didn’t find this segment or its cast all that interesting.  Which is a shame because Kwak Dong Yeon seems entertaining when he guested on I Live Alone.

However, don’t expect to find much substance in a show like this.  It’s not really about creating a sociological dialogue about how man treats animals and vice versa.  Nor does the show take a strong zoological stance.  It’s just a show that finds entertainment value in the fact that adult males need to figure out a way to communicate with animals and toddlers who are unable to always express their thoughts by talking.



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