Sunday, June 10, 2007

Bob The Builder Was Given An Extra Finger For Japanese Television

Television favourite Bob the Builder is to have his fingers doctored for the Japanese market - because he looks like a gangster.

In Japan the country's most feared mafia - the Yakuza - cut off their little fingers as a sign they can be trusted and have strength of character.

Bob's creators, Hit Entertainment, have also decided to give all merchandising of four-fingered Bob an extra digit so children will not be alarmed.

He is not the first animated character to be altered - in 1994 Postman Pat was considered too scary for export and got the same treatment.

Link. (Article is from 2000.)

So, what about the Simpsons?