BEIJING -- D'oh! China has banished Homer Simpson, Pokemon and Mickey Mouse from prime time. Beginning Sept. 1, regulators have barred foreign cartoons from TV from 5 to 8 p.m. in an effort to protect China's struggling animation studios, news reports said Sunday. The move allows the Monkey King and his Chinese pals to get the top TV viewing hours to themselves.
Foreign cartoons, especially from Japan, are hugely popular with China's 250 million children and the country's own animation studios have struggled to compete. Communist leaders are said to be frustrated that so many cartoons are foreign-made, especially after efforts to build up Chinese animation studios.
The ban hasn't been formally announced, but newspapers already were criticizing it Sunday as the wrong way to improve programming.
The cartoon campaign comes amid efforts by President Hu Jintao's government to tighten control over other pop culture, ranging from movies to magazines and Web sites.
TV stations have been told to limit foreign programming, stop showing scary movies in prime time and have their hosts dress more conservatively and use fewer English words on the air.
Fact, or propaganda?
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AerospaceFan From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (8 years 1 month 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 1608 times:
Apparently, animation is one thing that America does better and possibly cheaper than the Chinese. That said, it's too bad so much of it seems actually outsourced to South Korea. (If one reads the end credits in The Simpsons, it seems that the physical processes of animation for that show are done in a South Korea studio, as I recall).
RichardPrice From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (8 years 1 month 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 1604 times:
Quoting AerospaceFan (Reply 2): If one reads the end credits in The Simpsons, it seems that the physical processes of animation for that show are done in a South Korea studio, as I recall
Its both, character drawing, background drawing and layout has always been done by a US domestic company while the rest of hte production (colouring, inking, and filming) has been done by many foreign companies over the years. The domestic company has changed once, with the switch happening mid season 4.
AerospaceFan From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (8 years 1 month 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 1571 times:
Quoting RichardPrice (Reply 4): Its both, character drawing, background drawing and layout has always been done by a US domestic company while the rest of hte production (colouring, inking, and filming) has been done by many foreign companies over the years.
I didn't know that! Thanks.
Quoting RichardPrice (Reply 3): I read somewhere once that Australia doesnt allow non Australian songs or music performances in Australian TV shows.
Relatedly, I think that, in Canada, they have a "Canadian content" requirement for what is shown on television.
They made fun of this on the comedy sketch show, SCTV (with its "Great White North" skits).
CanadianNorth From Canada, joined Aug 2002, 3390 posts, RR: 9
Reply 10, posted (8 years 1 month 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 1420 times:
Quoting AerospaceFan (Reply 5): Relatedly, I think that, in Canada, they have a "Canadian content" requirement for what is shown on television.
Yes. The CRTC requires all radio and T.V. stations in Canada to play/show a certain percentage of Canadian material. This is in place because before it Canada was getting more and more of its songs and shows from the USA, and at the rate we were going we we're going to have nothing left as far as Canadian songs and shows. So they basically said you can play all the american stuff you want, but you have to get in atleast some Canadian content.
That's true, but remember many of these 'smaller' (in population) english speaking countries have a limited scale for tv or film production, so it is so much easier for program directors to just import US shows. Same language and no dubbing = easy way out. So it's not surprising that they have some of these requirements. I'm sure India gets a lot of international shows, but you also have a huge local industry that is supported by a very large scale local market.
Argentina has a very strong local industry, so you see very little US or international shows on open air tv compared to the rest of Latin America, one needs cable tv to see these (but most people have cable anyways). Many local series are adapted internationally in fact. I read that there is even a series in India called 'Remix' that was based on an Argentine one. About snobby teenagers in a snobby high school.
Of late the networks in Argentina are making so much money by selling the rights of these shows or even movies like 'Nine Queens', they did an exact remake of it in the US and a miniseries in Britain.
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