BEIJING, Feb. 17 (Xinhua) -- A considerable amount of
human-cast animation will disappear from Chinese TV, as the genre will no longer
be regarded as bona fide animation and will be banned from animation TV channels
A notice released by the State Administration of Radio, Film and Television Monday, said broadcast licences of
animation to those with human cast will end, thus drawing a distinct line
between the two genres.
It also ordered "specialized animation TV channels,
special periods and programs" be free from human-cast animation.
"Most of the so-called 'human-cast animation' in
China's TV channels is not animation in a strict sense," said an official with
the administration. "They are just ordinary human-cast TV drama with a few
special effects and techniques."
But the official didn't say whether the ratio of
special effects in a TV drama is the gauge to distinguish animation from
human-cast TV drama. She said the distinction depends on experts.
In the notice, the administration explained its act
by saying that this so-called "animation" will " jeopardize the broadcasting
order of home-made animation and mislead their development."
But much of the Japanese animation favored by Chinese
young audiences has human casts, and Beijing TV's animation channel is currently
broadcasting a human-cast animation TV series and hasn't yet received an
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