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China Cartoon Blamed As Brothers Set On Fire
A Chinese boy was copying a scene from a cartoon when he tied his friends to a tree and set them on fire, according to a court in the country.
The popular cartoon Xi Yangyan & Hui Tailang, which translates as Pleasant Goat and Big Big Wolf, is at the centre of the incident because the 10-year-old friend confessed he was copying a scene from the show.
Two brothers aged seven and four from eastern Jiangsu province, were badly injured.
The seven-year-old suffered 80% burns to his body and his brother 40%.
Adults as well as children reportedly watch the cartoon and it features a wolf who tries to catch the goat and prevent it from escaping, to no avail.
Scenes include the goat being plunged into boiling water and undergoing electrocution.
Donghai county people's court ruled that the guardians of the accused boy and the producer, Guangzhou-based Creative Power Entertaining Co Ltd, are jointly responsible for the brothers' injuries,
Chinese state media said the boy's guardians will have to pay 60%,157,000 yuan (£16,000), of the injured brothers' compensation and the show's production company will pay 15% - 39,000 yuan.
According to Chinese newspaper Global Times, Wu Dun, PR manager for Creative Power, said they would spend at least 10 million yuan (£977,000) modifying the problematic episodes earlier in October.
This came after China Central Television highlighted Pleasant Goat and Big Big Wolf and another cartoon Bonnie Bear for their violent plots and vulgar dialogue.
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