Chinese landscape painting animation of the 1960s
April 6, 2013 1:39 AM Subscribe
During the 1960s, the Shanghai Animation Studio (perhaps most famous for their classic interpretation of the Monkey King story, 大闹天宫 "Uproar in Heaven", also called "Havoc in Heaven") produced some beautiful, lyrical short films in a traditional Chinese ink painting style. Mostly wordless and featuring a mix of Western and traditional Chinese music, many of the films are available on YouTube:
- 山水情 "Landscape Feelings": A scholar and student travel through mountains and streams.
- 牧笛 "The Cowherd's Flute": A young herding boy tries to reunite with his ox.
- 鹿铃 "Deer Bell": A young deer leaves the wild and forms a friendship with a young girl.
- 鹬蚌相争 "Snipe and Clam Contend": From the Chinese idiom "when the snipe and clam contend, the fisher profits".
- 小蝌蚪找妈妈 "Little Tadpoles Search for Mama": Mandarin narration, but the story is pretty clear anyway and it's available with English subtitles.
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