'Pui Pui Molcar' Makes 'Cocomelon' Feel Like Shakespeare

Post by: Rick Ellis 03 April, 2021

Kids TV programming - particularly shows targeting the pre-K crowd - can feel more than a little insane to adult viewers. Dinosaur Train features a train which transports talking dinosaurs across time, but only in the periods in which dinosaurs existed. The star of Martha Speaks is a dog who is able to talk because she was eating alphabet soup and it accidentally went into her brain instead of her stomach. And don't even attempt to parse the backstory of The Backyardigans.

But even by the creative standards of preschool programming, Pui Pui Molear is a dizzying devil's brew of cute and creepy. It's nearly impossible to accurately describe the show if you're sober, so check out the video below and then go watch a few thankfully short episodes on Netflix.

Basically, Pui Pui Molcar is a Japanese-produced stop-action series that centers around a bunch of guinea pigs that have wheels instead of feet. They "drive" around like cars, but they're also sentient. A premise that offers up all sorts of unsettling scenes, like the one where one Molcar eats a bunch of garbage, then drives to a Molcar bathroom and poops the garbage (and its human driver) onto a strip of green grass. Oh yes, there are drivers inside the Molcars. They are human when they are inside, but when they exit the Molcar, they are suddenly toy soldier-like stick figures.

The short films have become a huge hit in Japan and for the record, the name "Molcar" is a mash-up of the word "molmot" (the Japanese word for guinea pig) and "car." But it's also important to note that the Molcar universe includes robot sharks and zombies. And that the episodes feature spoofs and creative nods to pop culture classics ranging from "Back To The Future" to "Indiana Jones."

Pui Pui Molcar is more than a bit over-the-top. But the episodes are cute, with bright colors and the goofball sounds that make it iirresistible to young kids. Although based on the number of Pui Pui Molcar memes I'm seeing on social media, the show might have a few fans over the age of 6.


Last modified on Saturday, 03 April 2021 14:17