North Korea Gets Disneyfied

It’s a small world after all? In a performance concert for their new leader Kim Jong Un, some unusual characters took stage. Mickey Mouse and Winnie the Pooh, joined North Korean performers behind a backdrop of Disney films such as Snow White, Dumbo, Beauty and the Beast and more. Still photos of the performance were shown on state TV on Saturday.

This is a pretty notable change for the closed and secretive country. In previous years, this performance had panda bears, a nod towards the country’s ally China.

Disney isn’t new to the country though.  Winnie the Pooh and Mickey Mouse have been popular among children for several years adorning goods brought over from China.

The young leader has attempted so far to project an image of youth, vitality and modernity and this is part of a plan to “bring about a dramatic turn in the field of literature and arts this year,” according to KCNA, the official North Korean news.