North Korean leader Kim Jong-un isn't likely to be associated with cuddly Disney characters such as Mickey Mouse and Winnie the Pooh.
However recent footage shown on state TV showed a host of the costumed characters perform for the leader and a host of his generals.
Its aggressive nuclear arms programme and long-running animosity with the West means American characters such as Minnie mouse, Tigger and Dumbo are hugely unlikely presences in the communist nation.
A surprising performance: Disney characters leap cheerfully around the stage as Kim Jong-un and his generals watch
Needless to say, the performance was not "licensed or authorised by the Walt Disney Company", reported the New York Times.
Speculation that the characters might signal a relaxing of the tight controls surrounding Western influences in North Korea was supported by the official Korean Central News agency, which stated the new leader had a “grandiose plan to bring a dramatic turn in the field of literature and arts this year”.
There was added intrigue to the Disney bonanza, in the shape of the young woman pictured next to Kim Jong-un who clapped for the colourful characters.
Many believe the mystery woman who has been pictured next to Kim Jong-un at a number of events is either his sister or his partner
The mysterious young woman was seen next to the North Korean leader again on Sunday, in footage broadcast at the 18th anniversary of the death of North Korea founder Kim Il Sung, the new leader's grandfather.
However if the watching world believes North Korea is loosening it controls on the impoverished nation, or signalling a softening of its international relations, Kim Yong-un's new "theme song" sends out a strong socialist message.
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Called "Onwards Toward the Final Victory" is intended as a "powerful trumpet call of the revolution encouraging the army and people in the drive to build a thriving nation as well as a stirring drumbeat of victory" Hong Kwang Sun, vice-minister of culture, told KCNA, according to the Guardian.
Grainy shots of rocket launchers, North Korean mountains, and depictions of industry are phased in time with a rousing anthem.
The new leaders "theme tune" follows his father's song "No Motherland Without You", which was reportedly beamed into space.
Take a look at the pictures below for a glimpse inside the world of North Korea's new leader.
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