I had no idea what was on the screen . . .
Now I know, thanks to iTod’s pics on Natuba. It’s Domo Kun, the mascot of Japan's NHK television station. This odd, memorable character is immortalized in Nickelodeon shorts and Target commercials. I am kinda scared just looking at the guy. So, how did he come to be?
The name "Domo" was acquired during the second episode of his show in which a TV announcer said, "dōmo, konnichiwa" (どうも、こんにちは ?), which is a greeting meaning something along the lines of, "Well, hello there!"
I read somewhere that teen males in Japan refer to each other colloquially as Domo-Kun. Whether this is true or not, I don’t know. The other pervasive rumor, that Japan male teens have sharp teeth and no nose is not true, this I do know.
Nickelodeon was on the road to making 26, two-minute shorts of the character. I cannot conclude whether the Nick shorts panned out. I have looked on the web for this info and seem to be running into roadblocks. If anybody out there finds them, post a comment on this blog with a link and we will give you credit. We will also give you an electric pat on the back. Not something that hurts you, not electric shock, electric like email. Ok, enough.
As for Target, the YouTube link above is a great little stop-motion short for Domo, it promotes Target, but not over-the-top. I don’t even much enjoy stop-motion, or cartoons – I did like the Target Piece though.