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Avatar of GI KoreaBy on March 14th, 2007 at 8:24 pm

Is Disney Outsourcing Slave Labor from DPRK?

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Well maybe this explains the high quality juche cartoons coming out of North Korea now a days:

North Korea is well known for its nuclear ambitions. But it is relatively little-known fact that the country is a hidden outsourcing mecca for the international animation industry, producing such well-known movies as The Lion King.

Even while North Korea has been under US-led sanctions that include a ban on commercial trade, several US animated films have allegedly been outsourced to the country, according to Beijing-based businessman Jing Kim, who says he was involved with American animation producer Nelson Shin’s filmmaking business in the Stalinist pariah state.

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After seven years of cooperation with North Korea’s state-owned SEK Studio, employing as many as 500 North Korean animators out of its staff of 1,500, and 18 visits to the country, Shin finally completed Empress Chung in 2005, a famous Korean folk tale about a daughter who sacrifices herself to a sea monster to restore her blind father’s eyesight. It was the first cartoon jointly produced by the two Koreas.

Any guesses on how the animators were paid?  Very predictably:

Kim said he didn’t pay the North Korean artists in person for their work. Rather, he wired US$170,000 to North Korea directly for their 2006 assignments.

If true, this is another example of the outsourcing of slave labor from North Korea. 

HT: reader

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  • Mark
    1:46 pm on March 14th, 2007 1

    Art macht frei.

  • OneFreeKorea » See Also: Links for March 14th
    10:02 am on March 15th, 2007 2

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  • Bob Walsh
    11:07 pm on March 14th, 2007 3

    If you run across it, a French-Canadian animator who worked at SEK studio for several months wrote/drew a hilarious travelogue.
    http://www.amazon.com/Pyongyang-Journey-North-Guy

  • Jon Allen
    2:27 pm on March 15th, 2007 4

    I saw a throwaway line on a blog about 'family guy' the cartoon, which said something about it being drawn in Korea, I wonder if was done by the NK too?

  • The Conjecturer »
    7:38 am on March 16th, 2007 5

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  • [GI Korea] Is Disney Outsourcing Slave Labor from DPRK? - USFK Forums
    10:14 am on October 15th, 2007 6

    [...] [GI Korea] Is Disney Outsourcing Slave Labor from DPRK? Published: Wed, 14 Mar 2007 10:24:46 +0000 Well maybe this explains the high quality juche cartoons coming out of North Korea now a days: North Korea is well known for its nuclear ambitions. But it is relatively little-known fact that the country is a hidden outsourcing mecca for the international animation industry, producing such well-known movies as The Lion King. Even while North Korea [...] Read More… [...]

  • Layla Cook
    4:35 pm on September 12th, 2010 7

    outsourcing is always essential to businesses coz it helps reduce the cost of production,`"

  • Heart Necklace
    6:09 am on December 20th, 2010 8

    well, outsourcing can actually save any company several million dollars because of cheap labor '-'

 

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