Russian court bans ‘Happy Tree Friends’ animated films


Russian court has banned distribution of adult cartoon “Happy Tree Friends” and several other animated films in the country, state news agency RIA Novosti says reported Thusday.

Court-appointed experts have determined that “Happy Tree Friends,” which depicts approximately three cartoon forest animals who graphically die violently in each episode, “contains elements of cruelty” and “is designed in a style. common to American animation, “reported RIA Novosti. .

“Watching the animated series undoubtedly harms the spiritual and moral education and development of young children and contradicts the humanistic nature of education inherent in Russia,” the district court press service told RIA Novosti. of Oktyabrsky from St. Petersburg.

The court also banned the films “Dante’s Inferno: An Animated Epic”, the live-action manga adaptation “Attack on Titan Part 1”, “Mortal Kombat Legends: Scorpion’s Revenge” and “Dead Space: Downfall”.

Forensic experts have concluded that the anime “Mortal Kombat Legends: Scorpion’s Revenge” can motivate aggressive or self-destructive behavior while “Attack on Titan Part 1” can harm children’s mental health and spiritual and moral development.

State prosecutors had asked the court to ban the series and films, which had been posted on YouTube, Rutube, Watch.Cartoons and Lords.Film without any age restrictions.

The St. Petersburg court also banned the Japanese anime “Akira” on Tuesday, citing possible damage to children’s health and psychological development, the TASS news agency reported. reported.

Russia has cracked down on animated films which it says have a bad influence on children in recent months. In January, the country banned “Death Note”, “Tokyo Ghoul” and “Inuyashiki” for their portrayal of violence, murder and cruelty.

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