Little Rabbit Be Good

World Policy Journal profiles cartoonist Pi San, who has created numerous popular animations featuring a little boy, Kuang Kuang, including a satirical take on a children’s song, Little Rabbit Be Good: Pi San’s gift for...

Video: TV Watchlist of a Generation

As China’s first post-reform generation reaches adulthood, “Born in the 70s” nostalgia continues to spread. The latest example is this series of video clips recalling the cartoons and TV dramas of the early...

The Chinese Animated Shorts Oscars!

Via Virtual China, a link to the Chinese Animated Short Oscars. The film below is called Life is Actually Like This. From Virtual China: ÁîüÊ¥ªÂéüÊù•ÊòØËøôʆ∑ÁöÑ (Life is Actually Like This), by students at the Beijing Film Academy, is one of the most popular and highly-rated shorts. It cuts between animation and live action a few […]

Animation industry looks to future – Chinaview

From Chinaview: This year marks the 80th anniversary of China’s cartoon industry. And on Tuesday, a grand meeting-of-the-minds took place in Beijing, to discuss obstacles on the path ahead for Chineseanimation. From the first release in 1926, to today’s digital features, Chinese cartoon films have come a long way. They’ve consistently provided enjoyable alternatives to […]

Foreign cartoons to be banned in prime time – Xinhua News Agency

From Xinhua News Agency via Shanghai Daily: China is banning foreign cartoons from prime time TV amid efforts to protect China’s struggling animation studios. The State Administration of Radio, Film and Television notified TV stations about the new regulation but did not make it public, according to the news reports…. “This is a worrying, short-sighted […]

80 years of Chinese animation –

From One of the best works of 1964 was the paper-cut animation “Hongjun BridgeÔºàÁ∫¢ÂÜõÊ°•Ôºâ”. The story is set during China’s civil war between the Kuomintang and the Communist Party of China. The film is famous for its vivid characters. To make things easy for everyone, the Kuomintang soldiers are portrayed as ugly, hunch-backed cowards. […]

Animated, but not yet a cash cow – Raymond Zhou

From China Daily: China has its own equivalent of Walt Disney in the Wan brothers(‰∏áÊ∞èÂÖѺü), who took China’s animation to unprecedented artistic heights but, unlike Disney, never made it into a business empire. In 1941 in Japanese-occupied Shanghai, Wan Laiming and his three brothers produced the first animated feature in China, titled “Princess Iron Fan“(ÈìÅÊâáÂÖ¨‰∏ª). […]

To Open China’s Market, Disney Faces Long March – Don Lee

From Los Angeles Times (link): In little more than a year on the job, Stanley Cheung, Disney‘s chief in China, can lay claim to this: “The Lion King” is coming to Shanghai this summer. “We have got to get our stories out,” says Cheung, a Hong Kong native who previously managed the Chinese operations of […]

Chinese cartoonist sues Nike

A Chinese cartoonist, Zhu Zhiqiang, is suing Nike over the use of a figure that he says resembles his Little Match Man, which he drew in several Flash works. The full story is here. To see Zhu’s (aka Xiaoxiao) very entertaining work, see this page. The Nike Stickman ad can be viewed here.



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