Online cartoon series ‘100,000 Bad Jokes’ has raised over one million yuan in donations and online payments, Xinhua reports.
‘100,000 Bad Jokes‘, which is published on animation platform Youyaoqi, has attracted over 500 million views since it premiered in July 2012.
The series is adapted from ‘Calabash Brothers‘, a cartoon created by Shanghai Animation Film Studio which had a short run in 1987.
Youyaoqi allows paying viewers to see episodes in advance, as well as vote for favourites and comment on videos.
Youyaoqi said “100,000 Bad Jokes” has successfully raised 1.19 million yuan (194,000 U.S.dollars) through crowdfunding, a collective effort of netizens to pool their money, via the Internet, to support producing cartoons.
Meanwhile, commercial advertisements are popping up in episodes, which has caused complaints among netizens. Some mocked a five-minute-anime that had three minutes of ads and two minutes of story.
First episode of ‘100,000 Bad Jokes’ (in Chinese):