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China Bans 'Simpsons' From Prime-Time TV

Mon Aug 14, 2006 2:28 am

http://www.southflorida.com/news/ats...?coll=sfla-entertainment-headlines

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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RE: China Bans 'Simpsons' From Prime-Time TV

Mon Aug 14, 2006 2:32 am

Well, they have already tried to censor Google. Wouldn't surprise me if they told you what kind of toilet paper you had to use.  Yeah sure
 
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RE: China Bans 'Simpsons' From Prime-Time TV

Mon Aug 14, 2006 2:33 am

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).
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RE: China Bans 'Simpsons' From Prime-Time TV

Mon Aug 14, 2006 2:33 am

Quoting KFLLCFII (Thread starter):
Fact, or propaganda?

I read somewhere once that Australia doesnt allow non Australian songs or music performances in Australian TV shows.

Not sure how true that is, but Ive never heard anything other than noname songs and bands in Aussie soaps etc.
 
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Mon Aug 14, 2006 2:38 am

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.
 
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RE: China Bans 'Simpsons' From Prime-Time TV

Mon Aug 14, 2006 3:36 am

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).

[Edited 2006-08-13 20:37:35]
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Mon Aug 14, 2006 4:52 pm

Quoting RichardPrice (Reply 3):
I read somewhere once that Australia doesnt allow non Australian songs or music performances in Australian TV shows.

News to me ... maybe Aussie songs are good enough to be used at all times?!  Wink
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RE: China Bans 'Simpsons' From Prime-Time TV

Mon Aug 14, 2006 5:56 pm

Quoting RichardPrice (Reply 3):
I read somewhere once that Australia doesnt allow non Australian songs or music performances in Australian TV shows

Not true - there wouldn't be much on TV otherwise!
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RE: China Bans 'Simpsons' From Prime-Time TV

Mon Aug 14, 2006 7:34 pm

Quoting RichardPrice (Reply 3):
I read somewhere once that Australia doesnt allow non Australian songs or music performances in Australian TV shows.

Not sure how true that is, but Ive never heard anything other than noname songs and bands in Aussie soaps etc

Your right, I've never seen it either. Wether or not this is a requirement I'm not sure of.

Quoting HKGKaiTak (Reply 6):
Not true - there wouldn't be much on TV otherwise!



Quoting HKGKaiTak (Reply 6):
News to me ... maybe Aussie songs are good enough to be used at all times?!

The quote says IN Australian tv shows, refering to those produced here IE Neighbours and Home and Away. But Australian TV would be fairly grim without all the shows we impot.
 
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RE: China Bans 'Simpsons' From Prime-Time TV

Mon Aug 14, 2006 8:58 pm

Quoting 9VSPO (Reply 1):
Well, they have already tried to censor Google. Wouldn't surprise me if they told you what kind of toilet paper you had to use.

wow never knew that.

Quoting Bill142 (Reply 8):
But Australian TV would be fairly grim without all the shows we impot.

True. I can't stand Bert Newton
 
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Mon Aug 14, 2006 9:22 pm

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.


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Mon Aug 14, 2006 9:51 pm

Quoting VHVXB (Reply 9):
True. I can't stand Bert Newton

Bert's a LEGEND!! With his toupe and the David Jones promotions. Not the Greatest Living Australian (that would be John Farnham) but an icon nonetheless.
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RE: China Bans 'Simpsons' From Prime-Time TV

Mon Aug 14, 2006 10:18 pm

Quoting RichardPrice (Reply 3):
I read somewhere once that Australia doesnt allow non Australian songs or music performances in Australian TV shows.

Not sure how true that is, but Ive never heard anything other than noname songs and bands in Aussie soaps etc.

Not true. There are content requirements with regard to television, but that's confined to locally produced television content, not music.

Quoting Cedarjet (Reply 11):
Bert's a LEGEND!!

I agree.

Quoting Cedarjet (Reply 11):
Not the Greatest Living Australian (that would be John Farnham) but an icon nonetheless.

Ahem, I love Farnham; but please - he's not the greatest living Australian. The greatest living Australian is former Prime Minister Gough Whitlam, everyone knows that.

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RE: China Bans 'Simpsons' From Prime-Time TV

Mon Aug 14, 2006 10:54 pm

Im glad I live in a Democracy  Smile
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RE: China Bans 'Simpsons' From Prime-Time TV

Mon Aug 14, 2006 11:31 pm

Quoting HAWK21M (Reply 13):
Im glad I live in a Democracy

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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RE: China Bans 'Simpsons' From Prime-Time TV

Mon Aug 14, 2006 11:42 pm

Quoting AerospaceFan (Reply 5):
Relatedly, I think that, in Canada, they have a "Canadian content" requirement for what is shown on television.

Yes I heard about this.
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Tue Aug 15, 2006 12:06 am

Quoting Derico (Reply 14):
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

Out here no Shortage of Tv channels,both Local & International are popular depending on the State.
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RE: China Bans 'Simpsons' From Prime-Time TV

Wed Aug 16, 2006 10:39 pm

Quoting Qantasforever (Reply 12):
The greatest living Australian is former Prime Minister Gough Whitlam, everyone knows that.

Too true matey, too true.
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RE: China Bans 'Simpsons' From Prime-Time TV

Wed Aug 16, 2006 10:51 pm

Quoting Qantasforever (Reply 12):
The greatest living Australian is former Prime Minister Gough Whitlam, everyon

 yes  Great Australian

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