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PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) — Mickey Mouse and Winnie the Pooh took the stage in North Korea during a concert for new leader Kim Jong Un in an unusual performance featuring Disney characters.

Performers dressed as some of America's most memorable cartoon characters danced and pranced as footage from "Snow White," ''Dumbo," ''Beauty and the Beast" and other popular Disney movies played on a massive backdrop, according to still photos shown on state TV Saturday.

The inclusion of characters popular in the West — particularly from the United States, North Korea's wartime enemy — is a notable change in direction for performance arts in Pyongyang.
In recent years, performances such as the "Arirang" mass games featured performers dressed as panda bears in homage to North Korean ally China.

This appears to be the first time Disney characters have been included in a major performance, though Winnie the Pooh and Mickey Mouse have been popular among children for several years. Backpacks, pencil cases and pajamas imported from China often feature Disney characters, and stories such as "Dumbo" have been translated into Korean for North Korean schoolchildren. However, it is unusual to make such images a central part of a North Korean performance and to publicize it on state TV.

The performance was staged Friday by the new Moranbong band, which was making its debut after being assembled by Kim himself, the state-run Korean Central News Agency said.

Kim, who took power after his father, longtime leader Kim Jong Il, died in December, has a "grandiose plan to bring about a dramatic turn in the field of literature and arts this year," KCNA said.

The dispatch made no mention of Disney characters, but said the concert included the traditional folk tune "Arirang" as well as a number of upbeat foreign songs.

Featuring Disney characters signals that Kim may be seeking to carve out a different image than his father and grandfather by easing restrictions on Western culture, said Koh Yu-hwan, a North Korea professor based in Seoul, South Korea.

Kim, who is in his late 20s, has sought to project an image of youth, vitality and modernity.

Early Sunday, he led top officials in paying their respects to his late grandfather, North Korea founder Kim Il Sung, at the mausoleum where he lies in state. Kim died 18 years ago Sunday.

Earlier in the year, a quintet of accordionists became a YouTube sensation for their arrangement of "Take on Me," a pop song by the Swedish band A-ha.

North Korea and the United States remain in a technical state of war because they signed a truce, not a peace treaty, after three years of fighting in 1953. The foes do not have diplomatic relations.


Associated Press writers Jean H. Lee and Hyung-jin Kim contributed to this report from Seoul, South Korea.

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Post time 2012-7-8 23:52:05 |Display all floors
This is a patent infringement

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manoj10 Post time: 2012-7-8 23:52
This is a patent infringement

When the company likes it, they will even encourage it. This is double standards and shows the world of copyright has no moral basis and needs to be challenged very often.

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Post time 2012-7-9 00:36:33 |Display all floors
Any way that the United States can infiltrate an enemy state and reach the hearts and minds of the people it will encourage.Normally,Disney is unusually fanatical about protecting their trademarks but won't say a word about this.The United States will not allow them to.

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This post was edited by LinCH at 2012-7-9 01:13
guangzhou52 Post time: 2012-7-9 00:36
Any way that the United States can infiltrate an enemy state and reach the hearts and minds of the p ...

Simple logic. The top dog can steal from the underdog, but not the other way round. Ask yourself: how many things the West have stolen or robbed from Asia free of charge?

In modern times, they preach this: what they steal, they are doing it for you. Whatever favours you do for them, they think you are begging begging from them.

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Post time 2012-7-9 08:10:06 |Display all floors
the last thing nk should be doing is promoting western cartoon characters. they are an ugly representation of imperialism, and oppression

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