Known for their premium children’s free video content, batteryPOP.com recently announced that they will host Korean producer, director, writer Young Man Kang's web series "Kimchi Warrior" and five other new programs on their network.
"Kimchi Warrior" is a unique blend of martial arts, comedy, and the promotion of good health.
Based on the premise of Popeye, the story's hero character Kimichi Warrior obtains supernatural strength by consuming the most prominent Korean dish to defend mankind from the world’s most notorious diseases (i.e. Swine Flu, Mad Cow Disease, Malaris, SARS etc.)
Each episode features a new “disease character” summoned by the Evil Lord of Disease to wipe out mankind. Under the tutelage of the clairvoyant Kimchi Master, The Kimchi Warrior is sent to fight and ultimately annihilate the disease with a different “ingredient weapon.”
According to Kang, the series a unique blend of food, martial arts and comedy. His deal with batteryPOP allows the series to be viewed on a kid-friendly platform that has safe content.
Kang explained that the growing popularity in web series that can be streamed on smartphones led him to create "Kimchi Warrior" which he targeted for a global market because of the large number of Samsung, LG and iPhone users.
"It's like a Korean version of Popeye," said Kang. "Eating kimichi supplies him with power to defeat all kinds of disease."
"Kimchi Warrior" won three awards at the LA Web Festival, including Best Animated Series, Best Layout (the animation equivalent of Cinematography) and Best Score.
"There are many warriors from each country," said Kang, noting that each has its own food warrior, such as Tapas Warrior in Spain, Curry Warrior from India and Salsa Warrior from Mexico.
Kang's interest in animation grew after having spent time in Chennai, India where he had the opportunity to work with Indian animators who helped him better understand the new culture, as well as, have a stronger grasp on CG technology.
"Most specifically, I was able to learn the painstaking process of creating digital creatures," Kang stated.