China Cracks Down on Violent and Vulgar Chinese Cartoon Shows
Posted on November 3, 2013
Chinese state media closes in on homegrown cartoons, citing aggressive behaviors and obscene words not fit for children.
CCTV, China’s largest television network, has released a report showing increasing numbers of violent content in many of the cartoon shows aired on TV. Among those highlighted were actual children’s behaviors allegedly copied from what they see onscreen.
One of those cited by the Chinese watchdog was “Pleasant Goat and Big Big Wolf,” a popular cartoon show comparable to that of Disney’s Mickey Mouse. The main character, Pleasant Goat, is allegedly too violent for children.
The plot shows a group of goats spending most of their time trying to escape from the “Big Big Wolf” — a seemingly harmless story that would not have caught the attention of Chinese media authorities. But according to news agency Xinhua, Big Big Wolf alone was physically attacked with a frying pan more than 9,000 times in all released episodes. And Pleasant Goat? Boiled alive 839 times and received electric shocks more than 1,700 times.
Boonie Bears, another popular cartoon, has come under fire for airing 21 identified foul words in 10 minutes.
So how do these fictional plots relate to reality?
Local media reports a young boy who tied two of his friends around a tree before setting them on fire, resulting in severe burns, and later on a lawsuit filed by the victims’ parents against the producers of Pleasant Goat.
Pleasant Goat creator Weiming Huang, in his own defense, highlighted the cartoon’s main theme of good as always triumphant over evil. He added that frying pan attacks do not end up in “bloody scenes.”
But whether cartoons are seen as pure entertainment or are becoming a source of unwelcome behaviors, the lines between the two perspectives remain unclear.