Legislation of The Lion And Bear is all about different countries and their opinions on The Lion And Bear sketch, due to controversy as the original sketch was much too scary and inappropriate for the age group the show was targeted at. The edited sketch also has legislation due to different countries saying "Will it cause more trouble just like the original sketch did?" This page will tell you more about it, plus it mentions the TV station names that distributed some episodes.
Both the original sketch and edited sketch are banned on TV and VHS/DVD.
United States: The USA is the Teletubbies' 2nd biggest market. PBS banned both the original and edited sketch from TV after show for a few weeks and receiving e-mails, phone calls and letters from parents saying the sketch was far too scary for their children. PBS then said it would not be repeating the sketch in other episodes and another Magical Event would replace it. Most often it was the Magic House event, but sometimes it was another one, like Little Bo Peep in Long Horns. The edited sketch was also banned due to PBS saying it would "cause enough trouble" to children, and it wouldn't be necessarily "awakening" if they aired it. The sketch is available to watch online and videos on YouTube with The Lion And Bear are popular with American audiences.
France: French TV banned the sketch shortly after it was shown for a few weeks due to the sketch being too scary. Like in the USA, Canal+ (which shows the Teletubbies in France) edited the episodes with the original and edited sketch and replaced them with another Magical Event, like the Magic House. The sketch was also banned from being released on VHS and/or DVD. The sketch is available on YouTube, though not very popular with French audiences.
Japan: Kids Station banned the original and edited sketches long before it was shown on Japanese TV, making Japan the only country where the sketch has NEVER been shown. The same thing happened to episodes with the sketch like in the USA and France, even though Japan thought that it would scare some children by showing those sketches. All episodes featuring the original and edited sketches were edited by Kids Station with the Magic House event. The sketch is available on YouTube however, but the Japanese audiences are rare.
Russia: RTR banned the original sketch completly from TV, VHS, DVD and online shortly after it was first shown. The sketch received so much controversy in Russia it was banned altogether. That is because RTR decided to completly ban the original sketch altogether (still). The edited sketch is banned on TV and from DVDs and VHS tapes though it is allowed to be shown online on YouTube, though still remains unpopular with Russian audiences. Russia had the most controversy of any Teletubbies on Earth. The Russians, as well as the French and Japanese, just thought the sketches were far too scary for young children.
The edited sketch is allowed on TV and VHS/DVD but the original sketch is completly banned from being shown.
United Kingdom: The UK, Teletubbies' first biggest market, and the country where Teletubbies is actually from and made, showed the original sketch for the first time with no problems. Controversy was small at first but by 1999 there was far too much controversy from parents by phone and letter so Ragdoll, the company that makes Teletubbies, had to edit the sketch so that it was much less scary and made for the right audience. The edited sketch was shown in the episode Asian Storyteller (The Fox) for the first time. The original sketch still remained on TV, though Ragdoll and the BBC both decided to do something. Episodes with the original sketch were re-made with the non-scary edited sketch and around 2002 or 2003 the original sketch was banned from British TV altogether, and other countries (e.g. Ireland, Czech Republic Australia, South Korea, etc) started to follow along. The edited sketch is shown today on TV and on DVD, though the original sketch is available on old VHS tapes and online, on YouTube. Videos with The Lion And Bear have British audiences their most popular.
Ireland: RTE, which shows Teletubbies in Ireland, banned the original sketch from TV after receiving so much controversy. Ireland, which is the UK's closest neighbour, does have British TV channels like the BBC, so Ireland's response and legislation to the sketch is nearly the same as it is in the UK, with only minor differences. The edited sketch was shown in Ireland at the same time the UK aired it, and controversy spread very quickly here. All episodes with the original sketch were re-made by RTE and the BBC with the much less scary edited sketch. The original sketch was banned on Irish TV in 2003-2004. The edited sketch is still shown and remains popular with the target audience and other audiences. The original sketch is still available on some old VHS tapes and online on YouTube, though the Irish audiences aren't quite as big as their neighbours.
Czech Republic: TV Nova banned the original sketch in Czech Republic after the sketch was shown a few times. The same country thought that the original sketch had been much too scary, just like in the UK and Ireland. Episodes that feature the original sketch have been edited by TV Nova and BBC with the non-scary edited sketch, the one that has lost 98.5% of its original scariness. The original sketch is still available to watch online on YouTube, though the edited sketch in the Czech language is available on the same site, although the sketches are most popular with Czech audiences.
Australia: ABC banned the original sketch because it was much too scary. So, they edited all episodes featuring the original sketch with the edited sketch so it will be much more jolly and friendly. There were never any DVDs or VHSs containing the original sketch in Australia. The original sketch is still available on YouTube, though Australian audiences are rare.
Germany: Kika, which shows Teletubbies in Germany, banned the original sketch after it was shown for a few days. Like in Austrailia and in Czech Republic, the same country thought that the original sketch was much too scary. Some of the episodes that feature the original sketch were edited by Kika with the non-scary edited sketch. The original sketch is still available on some old VHS tapes and online on YouTube, and though the German audiences aren't the most popular, Germans do love seeing it.
Norway: TV2 showed the original sketch on TV but there was so much controversy with parents complaining via e-mail and letters that it was banned. Norway's superb human rights laws meant TV2 then reassured parents and children the original sketch would be banned, and that the non-scary edited sketch would be put in all episodes that contained the original sketch. The original sketch is available on YouTube, though the videos of it aren't very popular with Norwegian audiences.
South Korea: KBS showed the original sketch for many years on TV, and it was only after a lot of controversy that it was finally banned. The edited sketch replaced all episodes that contained the original sketch, and all VHS tapes and DVDs containing it were edited to put the new sketch on. The original sketch is available on YouTube, though Korean audiences are very low.
New Zealand: TV3, which shows Teletubbies in New Zealand, aired the original sketch for several times but then received too much controversy as TVNZ received e-mails, phone calls and letters from parents talking about the original sketch being really scary. All episodes with the original sketch were replaced by TV3 with the non-scary edited sketch. The original sketch is still available on some old VHS tapes and online on YouTube, though the Kiwi audiences aren't that much as popular.