China has announced a ban on cartoons that blend animated elements with live-action actors, a move aimed at nurturing local animators and apparently curbing the use of foreign cartoons.
Popular children’s television shows featuring human hosts and animated elements such as “Blue’s Clues” from the United States and “Teletubbies” from Britain could be included in the ban.
The government’s main television and film regulator warned broadcasters and theaters that cartoons including live characters could no longer be shown. It said violators would be punished but did not specify penalties.
The ban could also target feature films such as the 1988 feature film “Who Framed Roger Rabbit,” in which actor Bob Hoskins performed beside animated characters.