Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Chinese Brushstrokes

Thanks to the YouTube channel Obscure Animation, I am very happy to showcase for the first time
 a video from China. And a lovely one it is, too. This award winning 1960 short was the earliest example
 of brush painting animation. It was produced at Shanghai Animation Film Studio, and co-directed
 by Tang Cheng and Te Weiwho is also generally credited with inventing the technique.
The watercolor paintings of Qi Baishi inspired this unique approach to animation, which was reprised 
three years later in The Buffalo Boy's Flute. After a decade of Cultural Revolution
 had all but destroyed the Chinese animation industry, Te Wei utilized again the technique
 for his 1988 masterpiece Feeling from Mountain and Water. Hopefully this is the first
of many new interesting eastern discoveries...



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