Monday, July 09, 2012

(BN) Disney Didn’t Authorize North Korea’s Use of Minnie Mouse

July 9 (Bloomberg) -- Walt Disney Co. said it didn't authorize or license North Korea's use of the company's characters in a July 6 concert for the country's leader, Kim Jong Un.

Michelle Bergman, a spokeswoman for Burbank, California- based Disney, made the comment in an e-mailed statement today.

Moranbong, a band established by Kim Jong Un, made its debut with members frolicking around the stage dressed as Winnie the Pooh, Tigger, Minnie Mouse and others, performing for the leader and a crew of clapping generals, according to footage shown on KRT, the country's state-run television.

Women in strapless gowns and black dresses performed while clips of movies such as "Beauty and the Beast" and "Dumbo" played on a paneled backdrop for the show in Pyongyang, North Korea.

The state-run Korean Central News Agency made no mention of the Disney films or characters, saying only that the concert included the traditional folk tune "Arirang" and upbeat foreign songs.

The Associated Press reported earlier that Disney didn't authorize the use of its characters in North Korea.

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