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Chinese slap ban on TV cartoons
Teletubbies was first broadcast in China in 2002
Cartoons that blend live-action actors with animation are to be banned from TV in China.

Shows such as Teletubbies and the film Who Framed Roger Rabbit? could be affected by the decision taken by the country's main TV and film regulator.

The move is aimed at promoting Chinese animators and apparently curbing the use of foreign cartoons.

China's State Administration of Radio Film and Television said people who flout the ban will be punished.


It has not yet said which shows will be directly affected, but described them as "so-called cartoons that mainly feature real people and only occasionally have computer-generated elements".

The BBC show Teletubbies - which is known as Tianxian Baobao in China and broadcast to millions of children - is among many foreign children's programmes shown in the country.

The ban could also potentially target films such as 1988's Who Framed Roger Rabbit? in which actor Bob Hoskins performed beside several animated characters.

In a statement, the regulator said it planned to review shows that had previously been granted licenses to make sure none of the banned programming is aired.

China already limits foreign animations on TV to 40% of all cartoons broadcast.

It has said it may eventually ban all foreign cartoons from prime-time TV.

There are few Chinese-made cartoons apart from a handful of traditional tales such as Journey to the West and some government-financed shows.

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