Beijing Bans Foreign Cartoons

In an effort to promote homegrown productions, the Chinese government has banned foreign-made cartoons from prime-time television schedules. “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.”

Source: The Globe & Mail (Canada) - 08/12/06