Nuggets of Wisdom

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Demotivational Poster: 4Kids

4Kids

Yet another non-political demotivatonal poster.

For those of you who don’t know, 4Kids Entertainment is a company that imports and distributes animated series from other countries. The company is infamous for heavily censoring and editing its imports, often removing or editing scenes with violence (even going so far as to remove or downplay death scenes), profanity, and nudity.

4Kids has also attempted to localize (or “Americanize”) imports to make them more suitable for American audiences. Such “Americanization” often includes changing background music, character names, and even entire plots of episodes and story arcs; and removing cultural references (i.e.: changing Japanese rice balls to donuts) and religious symbols (even going so far as to remove medical crosses).

Because of such extensive editing and censorship, imported series such as Winx Club, One Piece, and Tokyo Mew Mew (all which were hugely popular in their countries) fail to become mainstream in America, as they are often rejected by the fans of the unedited and uncensored series. Despite such failures, 4Kids has successfully marketed other imported series such as Pokemon and Yu-Gi-Oh!

The following websites highlight edits and changes to 4Kids imports:

Pokemon

Yu-Gi-Oh!

One Piece

Winx Club

Sonic X

Tokyo Mew Mew