Makers of 'Pleasant Goat and Big Big Wolf' Cartoon Sued over Accident
   2013-12-19 07:20:35    CRIENGLISH.com      Web Editor: Shi

The living theatrical play of Pleasant Goat and Big Big Wolf is staged on show, on the 2nd Suzhou Mount Tianping Cartoon Carnival which opens in Suzhou City, east China's Jiangsu Province, April 3, 2010. [Photo: Xinhua/Hang Xingwei]

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The production company behind the popular Chinese cartoon 'Pleasant Goat and Big Big Wolf' has been held legally responsible for an accident caused by misbehavior inspired by the show, according to a verdict issued by the Donghai County People's Court in Jiangsu Province, China.

On April 6, 2013 two boys, aged five and eight, were severely burned after being tied to a tree by another child, referred to as Li who had been imitating the wolf character in an episode where he ties the goat character to a tree as part of a game. After tying the two children to a tree, Li, continuing to copy the wolf, started a fire by the tree using dry leaves which quickly spread and severely burned the boys before they were saved by local village residents.

The plaintiffs accused the production company behind the cartoon, Creative Power Entertaining Company Ltd, of failing to follow the Regulations on Audio and Video Products, as well as being negligent in their review of their output content, which contains violent and dangerous themes. Since the viewership of the cartoon mainly comprises impressionable children, the plaintiffs argued that the production company is obligated to warn the audience of the potential risks of behaviors demonstrated in their programs.

The court has ordered Creative Power Entertaining Company Ltd to pay the victims 39,000 yuan in compensation to cover 15 percent of their medical expenses.

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