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Should we re-write our animated short with North Korean spies as villains?

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Should we re-write our animated short with North Korean spies as villains?

Hi all, I appreciate any advice you might be able to give here... 

Brief pitch, without giving away too much, some friends and I are creating an animated short film, which features North Korean twin spies in America as villains. Incidentally, it is a comedy where the worst they do is try to cook a cat and serve it in their restaurant. We have a couple of scenes that parody North Korea, with one scene featuring Kim Jong Un in a ridiculous T.V commercial. 

My question here, in the face of all this Sony N. Korea hacking nonsense, is if we should do a re-write? The fact that the spies are North Korean is very re-writable. They could just as easily be of a different nationality, not spies, and still try to cook and eat the cat. (The cat is our protagonist. So the N. Korean spy aspect is really something we were going to reveal more about in future episodes of the series). 

We have a script that has gone through over a dozen drafts, so this is well polished and funny material. We've recorded voiceovers but haven't yet started animating, so it is not beyond the point of no return for us. We are trying to decide whether to re-write, or to go on in stark opposition to the recent trend of projects that parody N. Korea being shelved. 

Part of me wants to say f* them, and go on with what we've got, but part of me worries that we will struggle with distribution when the time comes, 6 months to a year from now. Granted, there is always internet release, but who is to say the crazy ass N. Koreans won't hack the shit out of our computers? We are a group of small independent filmmakers and animators, and can't afford any real hacking protection, nor do I think we can afford to limit our distrubution opportunities. 

What do you all think?


Jeff -- Independent animator 

Edited by: jeffjb91 on 12/19/2014 - 9:59pm
Probably should.

Call me paranoid Jeff, but I'd reccomend changing it to British or American spies. Trust me. You don't want to be on North Korea's bad side.

I only hope that we don't lose sight of one thing - that it was all started by a mouse.
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No reason to get rid of your

No reason to get rid of your artistic vision just because of a butthurt dictator. If that is the way you want to take the story, than fear no one and take it that way.