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
"Uproar in Heaven
", also called "Havoc in Heaven
") produced some beautiful, lyrical short films in a traditional Chinese ink painting
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.
The Shanghai Animation Studio produced other works during the same period, such as小溪流
"The Little Stream", 怕羞的黄莺
"The Fearful Oriole" (with an almost Disney-esque animation style), 金色的海螺
"The Golden Seashell" (animated like Chinese paper cutting
) and 等明天
"Wait for Tomorrow" (also in a paper cutting style). These rely more on Mandarin for narration and dialogue, however, and are not so much in the landscape style. The Shanghai Animation Studio also produced films
before this period, and has continued up to the present.