Kids’ content is becoming a big battleground in the streaming wars, as the major players strive to establish the propriety of their shows and lure parents away from less regulated platforms like Youtube. One can only wonder what these companies make of John Dillermand, a new children’s series from Denmark whose hero interacts with the world via his very long prehensile penis.
The stop-motion show, developed by Jacob Ley, is aired by DR, the country’s public broadcaster, and aimed at kids aged 4–8. Episodes center on the title character (“diller” is Danish slang for “penis”), a hapless everyman in a striped onesie who solves problems in his village by performing acrobatic feats with his member. The show has stirred debate in Denmark about what is suitable for children.
John Dillermand has yet to be subbed or dubbed, but the images largely speak for themselves. In the episodes I watched, Dillermand used his diller to walk the dog, ring neighbors’ doorbells, wield a badminton racket, barbecue sausages (what else?), and — ahem — erect the national flag. You too can watch them: the whole series is available on DR’s website.