In China, a New Year’s Cartoon Tests Boundaries of Free Speech

McClatchy gives an update on the dark and subversive “Little Rabbit Be Good” video that made the rounds last week and interviews the people who produced it:

Wang said he’s not received any notification from Chinese websites about why his cartoon version of that incident and others was exiled.

Left not knowing where he stood in the censors’ eyes, Wang spoke in elliptical terms when asked about the film’s meaning.

“Because our society is very complicated, this video can be understood in many ways,” he said in a phone interview. “I only made a fairy tale.”

The deputy manager of Wang’s cartoon company also was hesitant during a recent conversation at the firm’s offices in a warehouse art district in northeast Beijing. The company, Hutoon Animation, has done work for state TV in the past. It also won an award at a state-sponsored animation festival in 2009, despite having previously been admonished and fined for another cartoon that featured a schoolhouse getting blown up.

“I don’t know if it’s a good thing or a bad thing to accept this interview,” said Si Shuolu, when meeting a McClatchy reporter.

Watch the video here via CDT.