By Diana Luen Wah Hui; translated by Yixing Li A photograph of the Uproar in Heaven (1961) crew and the director Wan Laiming brings me back to the days when I was working in the Shanghai Animation Film Studio (Fig 1). Fig 1: the crew of Uproar in Heaven In the animation workshop of Shanghai … Continue reading Memories of a Socialist Inbetweener
By Hang Wu Animation renders visible the nonhuman energy that is otherwise hidden. The visualization of this nonhuman affective energy is exemplified by the animated feature film Ne Zha (2019), which reaches its climax during the fight of fire vs. water between Ne Zha and Ao Bing. As Ne Zha was born with the power … Continue reading Visual Effects and the Enchanted Technique of Elements: A Review of Ne Zha
By Maggie Chunning Guo The animated film Next Gen, released in 2019, presents a series of dualisms, such as stereotypes of humans vs. machines and the dilemma of deleting memories vs. unloading weapons. These confrontations lead to a war between the humans and machines, climaxing in a final fight between the robot “7723” and Justin … Continue reading Next Gen: Out-of-control “Prototype Memory” in a Futuristic Machine City
The inaugural conference of the Association for Chinese Animation Studies was postponed to May 10-13, 2021. It will be held at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology. Share This:
By Ying Chen Princess Iron Fanis the first Chinese animated feature film produced by the Wan Brothers at Xinhua studio during the Orphan Island period of Shanghai’s film industry. Adapted from a well-known story in Journey to the West, the film was made as a response to Disney’s first animated feature film, Snow White and … Continue reading Transborder Fairy Tales: Princess Iron Fan and the Discourse of Children
By Peng-yi Tai Puppets, Gods, and Brands: Theorizing the Age of Animation from Taiwanis a truly unconventional book about animation. It is unconventional not because it is so deeply interdisciplinary, ranging from religion, film and media studies, psychoanalysis, sociology, to East Asian studies, but because it is essentially an anthropology of animation. Rather than discussing … Continue reading Puppets, Gods, and Brands: Theorizing the Age of Animation from Taiwan, by Teri Silvio. Honolulu: University of Hawai’i Press, 2019. 270 pp.
By Nick Stember Published in May 1980 by the Shanghai Fine Arts Press, Fellow Ants, Please Be Aware!is a 46 page long, full color lianhuanhua (linked pictures) with an initial print run of 400,000. While traditional narratological analysis (as exemplified by Vladimir Propp) is perhaps difficult to apply to this story given the distinct cultural … Continue reading Narratological Analysis of Fellow Ants, Please Be Aware!
Lecture Theater (G/F), Lo Ka Chung Building, Institute for Advanced Study, Lee Shau Kee Campus, HKUST May 10 (Sunday) 2:00-7:00pm: Registration at the Lobby of Conference Lodge, Lee Shau Kee Campus May 11 (Monday) 8:00-8:30am: Registration at the Lobby of Conference Lodge, Lee Shau Kee Campus 9:00-10:50am: Keynote Speeches, chaired by Daisy Yan Du, Hong … Continue reading Conference Program: The Inaugural Conference of the Association for Chinese Animation Studies, May 11-14, 2020
By Ling Zhang The extraordinary commercial success of recent Chinese animated films such as Monkey King: Hero is Back (2015), White Snake (2019), and Nezha: Birth of the Demon Child (2019) has rekindled the domestic Chinese audience’s interest in Chinese animation, and has also attracted considerable attention from both popular media and academia. However, these … Continue reading Animated Encounters: Transnational Movements of Chinese Animation, 1940s-1970s, by Daisy Yan Du. Honolulu: University of Hawai’i Press, 2019. 276 pp.
By Linda C. Zhang In 1958, the Shanghai Animation Film Studio released a 35-minute, color, stop-motion puppet animation film, Mountain of Flames (Huoyan shan), directed by Jin Xi. The movie retold a familiar episode from the novel Journey to the West, where Sun Wukong – the Monkey King – must try three successive times to … Continue reading “Our Comrade Sun Wukong”: On Fantasy and Exaggeration in Mountain of Flames