Chinese Animation: A History and Filmography, 1922-2012

Chinese Animation: A History and Filmography, 1922-2012

by Rolf Giesen

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Overview

With an output of more than 250,000 minutes annually, and with roughly 5,000 producers and production units, the Chinese are leading the field of animated films. Although it is almost impossible to completely cover 90 years of filmmaking, this book provides a comprehensible introduction to the industry’s infancy, its Golden Age (Shanghai Animation Film Studio) and today’s Chinese animation (in feature films, television series and student films). There are classics such as Princess Iron Fan (made at the time of the Japanese occupation) and the color Havoc in Heaven, both starring the Monkey King Sun Wukong, as well as countless TV stars (Blue Cat, Pleasant Goat and Big Big Wolf) and many almost unknown works by young filmmakers who are not focusing on an audience of children (like most of the industry output).

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781476615523
Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
Publication date: 12/19/2014
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 216
File size: 7 MB
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Rolf Giesen, a former visiting professor at the Animation School of the Communication University of China in Beijing, has compiled a special effects collection for Deutsche Kinemathek in Berlin and has co-written several animation features. He is president of the Jilin Animation, Comics and Games Museum in Changchun, China.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments vii
Introduction and Overview: A Strong Nation of Animation 1
1. The 1920s: The Wan Brothers and the Origin of Shanghai Animation 11
The Films 12
2. The 1930s: Japanese Invaders and the Dancing Camel 14
The Films 14
3. The 1940s: Shanghai, Changchun and Back 16
The Films 16
4. The 1950s: The Classic Period—Watercolors, ­Cut-Paper, Origami,
and Puppet Animation 22
The Films 23
5. The 1960s: Havoc and the Cultural Revolution 33
The Films 33
6. The 1970s: The Aftermath of Cultural Revolution 51
The Films 51
7. The 1980s: Reform Period, Transitional Stage and Decline 54
The Films 54
8. The 1990s: The End of Shanghai Animation Studio’s Monopoly 76
The Films and Series 76
Between pages 80 and 81 are 8 color plates containing 16 photographs.
9. 2000 and On: Relaunching Animation in China 81
The Animated Series 82
The Animated Feature Films 105
Education in Animation 119
Selected Students’ Work and Short Films 124
Selected Animated Science and Educational Films 180
Selected Animated Commercials 181
Mobile Content and Webtoons: A World in Flash Animation 182
Selected Mobile Animation 183
Selected Webtoons 185
Afterword 189
The Digital Future in Cartoons and Interactive Games 189
A New Era 189
Chapter Notes 193
Bibliography 195
Index 197

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