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Animation in China Yesterday and Today- The Pioneers Speak Out

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Animation had its birth in China in 1926 through the persistent efforts of the four Wan brothers, but the period that revolutionized the profession commenced in 1949, when famed cartoonist Te Wei and painter Jin Xi were asked by the Ministry of Culture to go to the northeast and establish an animation group at the Changchun Film Studio. Te Wei was not very enthusiastic about doing animation, because he dreaded "all those monotonous frames," but most of all, because he knew absolutely nothing about animation production (Te Wei, 2001).

Keywords: Animation; China; Jin Xi; Te Wei; The Changchun Film Studio; Wan brothers

Document Type: Research Article


Publication date: September 1, 2001

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  • Asian Cinema is a seminal journal, which has been published since 1995 by the Asian Cinema Studies Society under the stewardship of Professor John Lent. From 2012 Asian Cinema will be published by Intellect as part of our Film Studies journal portfolio. The journal currently publishes a variety of scholarly material - including research articles, interviews, book and film reviews and bibliographies - on all forms and aspects of Asian cinema. The journal's broad aim is to advance understanding and knowledge of the rich traditions of the various Asian cinemas, thereby making an invaluable contribution to the field of Film Studies in general.
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