The Itchy & Scratchy show is to be cut from The Simpsons animated series during TV screenings in Russia. The censorship is dictated by the new law on protecting children from information which could cause damage to their health and development.
Based on Tom and Jerry animated cartoons, Itchy & Scratchy revolves around an anthropomorphic duo of a blue mouse and a black cat repeatedly killing one another.
They usually appear in the form of short cartoons lasting less than a minute. The show within a show is awash with violence, with Itchy the mouse the instigator of cruelty. Evil always wins in The Itchy & Scratchy episodes which are usually meant to be a parody of traditional cartoons.
It’s not the only American show to suffer from the new Russian law set to come into effect on September 1. Another popular animated sitcom, South Park, known for its crude language and dark humor will also undergo censorship. A number of scenes that include the “Oh my God! They killed Kenny! You bastards!” catchphrase, which illustrates the death of one of the main characters, Kenny, will be taken out from the animation.
Like a number of other popular animated films, several old-school Soviet titles among them, South Park will be screened on Russian TV only at night, after 11pm.