It is a small world, after all. Mickey and Minnie Mouse, Winnie the Pooh and Tigger all made an appearance at a concert for North Korea’s new leader Kim Jong Un during an official event last week. Footage from a handful of Disney movies, including Snow White and Dumbo, played in the background during the Friday event, according to The Associated Press, as a group of performers pranced about in the costumes of the iconic characters. A rep for Disney told The AP the usage “was not licensed or authorized by The Walt Disney Company.” (The U.S. and North Korea are in a technical state of war and do not have diplomatic relations.) The concert was performed by the Moranbong Band, which Kim assembled himself “as required by the new century, prompted by a grandiose plan to bring about a dramatic turn in the field of literature and arts this year”, the state-run Korean Central News Agency said. The use of the Disney characters appears to be a first for a major performance in Pyongyang and may point to Kim’s plans to ease North Korea’s restrictions on Western culture, according to the news agency.
Disney Characters Put On (Unauthorized) Show For New North Korean Leader: AP
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