Tayo The Little Bus (in Korean: a s; RR: Kkoma-beoits Tayo) is a computer from the South Korean animated television series created by Iconix Entertainment, the educational broadcasting system and the Seoul Metropolitan Government. The show was produced with the help of the administration of Seoul Mayor Oh se-Hoon. It began airing in South Korea on EBS in 2010, and an English version of the series began airing at Disney Junior (Asia) in 2012, with Disney Junior (Australia and New Zealand) following in 2013. In the United States and Canada, Hulu is the exclusive distributor of the series, even though the second season is on Netflix. Each episode at the beginning, middle and end presents a brief narration and has 5 seasons. A series of sisters for Tayo, known as “Titipo Tytipo”, debuted between the fourth season of Tayo and the newly released fifth season. “Titipo titipo” focuses on a young train called Titipo, along with all his friends by train. After the end of Titipo’s first season, Tayo’s fifth season also debuted for the English-dubbed version on October 22, 2018.
The series is available in Korean, English, Spanish, Turkish, Indonesian, German and Russian on tayo’s Tayo YouTube channel
At a Vietnamese seminar to tackle the struggles of the Vietnamese animation industry, Korean animators called Tayo the little bus as a series that has been “dominating” the Korean market. These animators also noted that the series is popular in China, Thailand and Vietnam.
In 2014, the Seoul Metropolitan Government commissioned buses designed as the characters Tayo, Gani, Rogi and Lani to run through the Gwanghwamun Square area of the city. This was done as part of an initiative to teach children how to use the bus. The initiative was a huge success, attracting crowds of more than 40,000 person in a single day. Although the buses were originally set to run from March 26 to public transport day at the end of April, their popularity led to an extension until Children’s Day on May 5. The number of buses also expanded from the original from four to 100. As a result of this success, it was reported that local governments in other South Korean cities were considering adopting the campaign. Seoul city officials initially opposed this for copyright reasons, but consented in April to allow other cities to use the characters for non-commercial purposes.
Jaeyeon Woo of the Wall Street Journal Korea real-time blog, speculated in an April 2014 article that the success of this initiative led both candidates to the governor of Gyeonggi Province, Kim Sang-Gon and Nam Kyung-Pil, to adopt transport issues Public as a key part of your campaign platforms. SEOUL Mayor Park Won-Soon, who initiated the initiative, was criticized by some of his political rivals, who feel he credited himself for the series, even though the series was initiated by the administration of his predecessor.
On October 16, 2014, a South Korean group called The Teenage Astronauts launched a space balloon designed as the Tayo character from the Space Science Park at the Korean National Science Museum.