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LA Times on China’s Reaction to "Kung Fu Panda"

by on July 29, 2008

The Los Angeles Times is the latest media outlet to report on the reaction of China’s artistic and political communities to the success of Kung Fu Panda (free registration required). Earlier articles (reported earlier here and here at Toon Zone News) pointed out the self-criticism that came from Chinese filmmakers who complained that it took Hollywood to make a successful film using Chinese symbols and culture, but the Los Angeles Times‘ article digs a bit deeper, noting how many elements of the story (such as lead character Po’s character faults and his attitude towards his teacher Shifu) would not be acceptable to many Chinese filmmakers or government censors.

The article also points out the trouble that director Lu Chuan had in creating animated shorts for the five fuwa mascots for the 2008 Beijing Olympics, with most of his plots being rejected for being “too negative.”

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