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    News: Disney Cartoons banned in China

    http://www.nwfdailynews.com/articleA...cartoonban.php

    "...BEIJING (AP) - 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. ..."

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    Re: News: Disney Cartoons banned in China

    And they want a park in Shanghai and/or Beijing?

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    Re: News: Disney Cartoons banned in China

    And this surprises who?
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    Re: News: Disney Cartoons banned in China

    Are they banned, or have they just been relegated to specifc hours? From the aricle, sounds like they have not been banned at all, but just cannot be shown during a three hour block. In much the same way that on US TV you cannot broadcast certain words or content during peak afternoon and morning hours.

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    Re: News: Disney Cartoons banned in China

    They're just trying to give local animators the prime time spots to give them a shot at attracting the audience. They're still going to have to compete on quality and showanship, but this at least gives them a chance to get in front of the eyes of Chinese viewers.

    Not a measure I'd like to see taken in our country, of course, but for a communist country like China, that's downright generous. After all, they're not banning them outright, just trying to give locals a bit of an advantage. It's really no different from taxing imports to support local production of goods.

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    Re: News: Disney Cartoons banned in China

    I can't understand why Disney, which is run almost like a Communist state, can't fathom that it is dealing with a completely different mindset, both politically and socially ... they just don't get it.

    At the rate Disney is learning, or more accurately not, they'll have a toehold in China in another decade, while some other media company will have both feet firmly planted there.

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    Re: News: Disney Cartoons banned in China

    Quote Originally Posted by WDW1974
    I can't understand why Disney, which is run almost like a Communist state, can't fathom that it is dealing with a completely different mindset, both politically and socially ... they just don't get it.
    There were many lessons to be learned from DLP, some which apparently have not yet taken hold, if China is any indicator of international corporate relations.

    From the beginning of EuroDisney's design phase, WDC developers failed to focus on the desires of the visitors, considering their tastes and perspectives, and most of all, social upbringing. Want to have wine with your meal? Not in the Magic Kingdom! But that's an expected mealtime behavior in France. Disney totally bungled this, which would be pretty much akin to an Asian theme park operating in the US that didn't offer coffee with breakfast, but only tea.

    For decades, Disney was run by a small group of American white dudes who wore blinders when it came to cultural sensitivity, especially regarding cultures beyond their country's borders. And for the most part, WDC is still being run by a small group of American white dudes, who pretty much only care about international markets because that's where a wealth of new opportunity will be found, simply for the taking. Or so they stupidly believe.

    They're still wrapped up in small town mentality and wearing those blinders and conning themselves into believing that everyone else is a hick who doesn't display multiple Ivy League sheepskins on their office walls and obsess over a diversified stock portfolio that would choke a Mastodon.

    The Disney execs are too busy fumbling around with flint trying to start a campfire, while the Chinese are busy igniting the barrels of gunpowder they invented a thousand years ago.

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    Re: News: Disney Cartoons banned in China

    Quote Originally Posted by lazyboy97O
    And they want a park in Shanghai and/or Beijing?
    That was my first thought...
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    Re: News: Disney Cartoons banned in China

    They'll probably want to regulate a Disney park (if it gets built). Maybe make it "correct" or "appropriate" for China.

    But this ban isn't going to stop people from watching Disney cartoons, I'm sure there are hundreds of pirated movies that people would buy.

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    Re: News: Disney Cartoons banned in China

    Does China even like Disney?

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    Re: News: Disney Cartoons banned in China

    Quote Originally Posted by lazyboy97O
    And they want a park in Shanghai and/or Beijing?
    Amen.

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    Re: News: Disney Cartoons banned in China

    I don't like how this thread title reminds me of newspaper headlines which say one thing but actually mean something different when you read the title.

    The thread title infers that China has banned Disney cartoons, full stop.
    China has banned all foreign cartoons in a certain time period, full stop.
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    Re: News: Disney Cartoons banned in China

    And the WDC is the one trying to expand 'the brand' in China by building McDisneylandLites. The first means to do so is to expose the masses to the characters thru TV.

    So in light of the troubled negotiations for Shanghai, as well as the banning of the recent Pirates movie and the government's displeasure with the tiny HKDL ... the story is really this: Disney Sees Red in China, full stop.

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    Re: News: Disney Cartoons banned in China

    The focus in China really should be getting the people exposed to the classic Disney films and characters.
    Secondly, put the focus on the Hong Kong Resort. Every year, some new attraction, show, or parade, should debut for at least the first five to seven years. Get on the ball, and do it.
    Shanghai, in my opinion, shouldn't even be on the radar. It is just way to soon. Executives are in DENIAL. They can't seem to understand the basic philosophy of COMMON SENSE- acknowledge your problems, FIX them, and only then go on to new horizons.

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