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China bans Man-Toon hybrids

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  1. SamFisher

    SamFisher Contributing Member

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    Not sure what forum to put this in - sort of weird:

    by ALEXA OLESEN, Associated Press Writer 22 minutes ago


    China has announced a ban on TV shows and movies that blend animated elements with live-action actors, a move aimed at nurturing local animators and apparently curbing the use of foreign cartoons.

    Besides "Roger Rabbit," the 1988 feature film in which actor
    Bob Hoskins performed beside several animated characters, popular children's TV shows featuring human hosts and animated elements such as "Blue's Clues" from the United States and Britain's "Teletubbies" could be included in the ban. And "Space Jam," the 1996 film featuring basketball great
    Michael Jordan alongside Bugs Bunny, Elmer Fudd and Daffy Duck could also be shelved.

    The government's main television and film regulator sent notice Feb. 15 to broadcasters and theaters that such films and shows could no longer be shown and that violators would be punished. It did not say what the penalties would be.

    It also did not give examples of banned programs but described them as "so-called cartoons that mainly feature real people and only occasionally have computer-generated elements."

    Communist authorities are eager to expand the country's animation industry and also are worried about the influence of foreign pop culture on Chinese children.

    The cartoon ban is intended to "promote the development and prosperity of the cartoon industry in China," said the statement issued by the State Administration of Radio, Film and Television.

    The broadcast administration's statement said it planned to review programs that had previously been granted licenses to make sure none of the banned programming is aired.

    Phone calls to the administration's main office on Thursday weren't answered.

    Japanese and Western animated programs have gained a foothold in China but the government wants to develop its own industry.

    China already limits foreign cartoons on television to 40 percent of all cartoons broadcast. It has said it might ban all foreign cartoons from prime time television once the quantity and quality of domestic productions is considered adequate.

    Yet foreign cartoons dubbed into Chinese are a staple on late afternoon and weekend television.

    Chinese studios have taken advantage of low labor costs to build a growing business handling the labor-intensive animation of cartoons for foreign studios.

    But they've had little luck building up their own brands.

    There are few Chinese-made cartoons aside from a handful of traditional tales such as "Journey to the West" and some government-financed titles.

    http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060223/ap_en_ot/china_cartoon_ban
     
  2. bigtexxx

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    sounds a lot like France...and that's not a good thing.
     
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    One natural keyword of this article is "communist cartoon," yet the Google AdSense produced two nonsense ads: "Marsh Bulletin Boards" and "Bulletin Board." Makes me wonder whether there is any censorship by Google US on Chicom cartoons?
     
  4. MR. MEOWGI

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    Am I the only one who reads "China bans Man-Boob hybrids" when glancing at the thread title?
     
  5. krosfyah

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    I have no idea what that means. :confused:


    :) Nope. I thought Amiachi tried out for the Shanghi Sharks.
     
  6. bigtexxx

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    Yeah I figured you wouldn't. France requires a certain percentage of the music played on the radio to be in French.
     
  7. wnes

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    Well the man-boob imagery is quite obvious in traditional depiction of Buddha. But no worry, meowgi, Chicom is not banning Buddhism in Mainland China.

    BTW, am I the only one that thinks Bigtexxx actually has some sense in discerning this is merely a little game of protectionism that has long been played worldwide?
     
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    God bless America.
     
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