Home > slashdot > South Korean Cartoonists Cry Foul Over Edgy Simpsons Intro

South Korean Cartoonists Cry Foul Over Edgy Simpsons Intro

October 30th, 2010 10:21 admin Leave a comment Go to comments

theodp writes “When asked to animate a dark commentary about labor practices in Asia’s cartoon industry — the edgy title sequence for the Simpsons’ episode ‘MoneyBART’ — staff from the South Korean production company Akom raised a rare protest. Even after being toned down, the sequence created by British graffiti artist Banksy depicted a dungeon-like complex where droning Asian animators worked in sweatshops, rats scurried around with human bones, kittens were spliced up into Bart Simpson dolls, and a gaunt unicorn punched holes into DVDs. The satire, Akom founder and president Nelson Shin argued, gave the impression that Asian artists slave away in subpar sweatshops when they actually animate much of The Simpsons every week in high-tech workshops in downtown Seoul. Still, South Korean animators make one-third the salaries of their American counterparts, and Shin declined to comment on the full extent of the work his company has outsourced to SEK, a state-run animation studio of North Korea. Some argue that the Banksy sequence’s gray and forlorn atmosphere more accurately depicts the sweatshop-like conditions in North Korea.”

Source: South Korean Cartoonists Cry Foul Over Edgy Simpsons Intro

Related Articles:

  1. South Korean Man Given Suspended Sentence For Retweeting NK Propaganda
  2. South Korean Activist To Drop “The Interview” In North Korea Using Balloons
  3. After Shooting Itself In The Foot, Fox Allows Banksy Simpsons Intro Back On YouTube
  4. North Korea Says War With South Would Go Nuclear
  5. South Korean Power Plants To Conduct Cyber-Attack Drills Following Hack
blog comments powered by Disqus