Animating Science and Technology: From Little Tadpoles to the Space Monkey (1950s–1980s)

Download PDF By Hua Li Why does a school of tadpoles keep mistaking other water creatures for their mama? Why does a cuckoo arrive late to remind farmers it is time to sow their seed grain? What makes the arrogant Monkey King admit his incompetence? These questions are beyond the moral lessons provided in animated … Continue reading Animating Science and Technology: From Little Tadpoles to the Space Monkey (1950s–1980s)

The Pictorial Turn and China’s Manhua Modernity, 1925-1960

Download PDF By John A. Crespi Defining manhua­—usually translated as “caricature” or “cartoon”—is like trying to put spilled ink back into the bottle. [1] The word should be warning enough. Where the second character for the second syllable, hua, refers to pictorial art in general, the first character, man, connotes several situations: a state of overflow … Continue reading The Pictorial Turn and China’s Manhua Modernity, 1925-1960

Animation in China: History, Aesthetics, Media, by Sean Macdonald. London and New York: Routledge, 2016. 251pp.

By John A. Crespi Over the past half century or so, Chinese literary studies and film studies have expanded to where those fields have themselves become objects of scholarly research and retrospection. When it comes to Chinese animation, however, so little work has been done that one hesitates to refer to it with the plural … Continue reading Animation in China: History, Aesthetics, Media, by Sean Macdonald. London and New York: Routledge, 2016. 251pp.

Chinese Animation: A History and Filmography, by Rolf Giesen. Jefferson: McFarland, 2015. 216 pp. 

By Giannalberto Bendazzi A world acclaimed author and researcher, Rolf Giesen presents the Western audience with the first history of Chinese animation ever written in the globalized English language. He chooses a linear narrative, chronologically structured in decades (the 1920s, the 1930s, and so on), and for each decade he provides the list of the … Continue reading Chinese Animation: A History and Filmography, by Rolf Giesen. Jefferson: McFarland, 2015. 216 pp.