Chinese Animation

A History and Filmography, 1922–2012

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About the Book

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).

About the Author(s)

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.

Bibliographic Details

Rolf Giesen
Format: softcover (7 x 10)
Pages: 216
Bibliographic Info: 107 photos (16 in color), notes, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2015
pISBN: 978-0-7864-5977-3
eISBN: 978-1-4766-1552-3
Imprint: McFarland

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

Book Reviews & Awards

“an excellent resource…thoroughly researched…a substantial addition.”—ARBA; “fascinating…profusely illustrated with posters, stills, and photographs of directors and production crews”—Animation World Network.