The Enigma of Chinese Animations
From its humble beginning in the 1920’s and 30’s to a fully developed art form in the 60’s and the 70’s, Chinese animation has gone through its share of ups and downs. During that period of expansion and development, the industry produced splendid artworks, including those of the Wan Brothers, whose The Mouse and the Frog (1934) is the earliest Chinese animated film currently held by the China Film Archive. This series is made possible by the generosity of the CFA, who has lent the Hong Kong Film Archive remastered prints of many classic Chinese animated films, ranging from hand drawn animation to ink animation.
In addition, the HKFA has invited many veteran animators and film historians to share the history of Chinese animation. The co-organizers of a retrospective on the Shanghai Animation Film Studio in 1987, Neco Lo and Keeto Lam both have experience with the animation world in Hong Kong. After the 1987 retrospective, the two established the Shanghai Animation Festival in association with the ASIFA and the Shanghai Animation Film Studio in 1988. The two will analyze selected works as they relate to the development of Chinese animation and from an aesthetic point of view. Fung Yuk-sung will also write about the history of Chinese animation for HKFA’s Newsletter.
Prints Courtesy of:
China Film Archive
China Film Art Research Center
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