Sunday, August 13, 2006

Assault on Cartoons...

In the latest bout of cartoon hijinx, Communist China has decided to ban the Simpson's, Mickey Mouse, and Pokemon from its primetime lineup.

Is it because of of those cartoons leading to what they see as the degredation of Chinese society?

Well, not exactly...

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.

Just another testament to the failures of communism. They can't even get cartoons right without stealing it from capitalist countries.