North Korea TV Shows Mickey Mouse, Winnie The Pooh Cartoons

8 July 2012

PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) - Mickey Mouse and Winnie the Pooh have taken the stage in North Korea during a concert for leader Kim Jong Un in an unusual performance featuring a cast of Disney characters.

Still photos aired on state TV Saturday show performers dressed as some of America's most memorable cartoon characters dancing and prancing as video of ``Snow White'' and ``Beauty and the Beast'' played on a massive screen behind the stage.

The state-run Korean Central News Agency says Kim and other top officials saw the performance by the new Moranbong band Friday. KCNA says Kim assembled the band a few months ago as part of a plan to ''bring about a dramatic turn'' in the arts under his new leadership.

Kim took power after father Kim Jong Il died in December.