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.
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