Chinese Cartoon Producer Blamed After Kids Burned



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A Chinese court has ruled that the producer of a hit kids cartoon was
partly to blame for the injuries suffered by two children when their
friend tied them to a tree and set them on fire in an imitation of a
scene from the show, state media reported.

Two brothers aged 7 and 4 from eastern Jiangsu province were badly burnt
in April by the actions of their 10-year-old friend who confessed he
was copying a scene from “Xi Yangyang & Hui Tailang,” which
translates as “Pleasant Goat and Big Big Wolf,” the official Xinhua News
Agency said.
The 7-year-old suffered 80 percent burns to his body and his brother 40 percent.
The cartoon popular among children and adults features the wolf who
tries to catch the goat and prevent it from escaping, to no avail.
Scenes have included the goat being plunged into boiling water and
undergoing electrocution and the wolf’s wife regularly beats him over
the head with a pan when he fails to bring the goat home for their
dinner.


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Xinhua said the legal guardians of the boy who tied them to the tree,
identified as Shun Shun, and the producer, Guangzhou-based Creative
Power Entertaining Co., Ltd., are jointly responsible for the two
brothers’ injuries, according to the verdict of the court. Shun Shun’s
guardians will have to pay 60 percent of the injured brothers’
compensation and the company will pay 15 percent. Xinhua didn’t give a
figure for the compensation amount, but other media reports said the
company would have to pay 39,000 yuan ($6,400), and that the case was a
civil one brought by the brothers’ family.
The Donghai County People’s Court refused to answer questions and
referred queries to their propaganda office, where calls rang
unanswered. The company declined to comment.
Users of China’s lively Twitter-like sites poured scorn on the assigning
of blame on the company, with some questioning why state broadcaster
China Central Television, which televises the cartoon, wasn’t being held
responsible.
Hao Rui, a lawyer from Beijing Yingke Law Firm who specializes in
lawsuits involving the media industry, said it was the first time he had
heard of a producer being sued and held liable for a child imitating
something seen on TV. One reason may be because the other defendants and
the children’s family can’t afford to pay the medical costs, he said.
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AP news assistant Zhao Liang contributed to this report.
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