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The Establishment and Maturation of the Chinese Cartoon School

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Chinese cartoon films can be traced back to two roots. One is the Wan brothers (Wan Laiming, Wan Guchan, Wan Chaochen). They watched Disney cartoons in Shanghai in the 1920s and then began to produce some short cartoon films. In 1941, they produced a feature film named Iron Fan Princess. The other root is the cartoon film team of the Northeast Film Studio. It was reconstructed from Manchurian Film Company which was taken over by Yan'an Film Group after World War II. That time the team was headed by cartoonist Te Wei. Several short cartoon films were produced for political purposes. After the People's Republic of China was founded, the cartoon film team became formally one department under the Northeast Film Studio.
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Keywords: Chinese cartoon films; Northeast Film Studio; Te Wei; Wan brothers; Water-Ink cartoon

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: 01 March 2007

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