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China Bans Human-Toon Products

  • Variety , Wednesday, February 22, 2006 12:30 PM
Is it wrong for Michael Jordan to hang out with Bugs Bunny? China's State Administration of Radio, Film and Television apparently thinks so. The government body is banning distribution of TV shows and films featuring human actors with animated companions. Why? For one, the Chinese government is trying to "increase local production of Mandarin-language toons and cut the amount of foreign animated programming appearing on Chinese television," according to Variety. And "Chinese regulatory authorities are notoriously skittish regarding broadcast and film themes that include the supernatural or fantasy, including talking animals. 'Babe' was banned on the basis that animals can't talk and some viewers would be confused."

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