China has been one of the first countries to develop its own aesthetic for dynamic images and to create animation films with distinctive characteristics. In recent years, however, and subject to the influence of Western and Japanese animation, the Chinese animation industry has experienced several new stages of development, prompting the question as to where animation in China is heading in the future.
This book describes the history, present and future of China’s animation industry. The author divides the business’s 95-year history into six periods and analyses each of these from an historical, aesthetic, and artistic perspective. In addition, the book focuses on representative works; themes; directions; artistic styles; techniques; industrial development; government support policies; business models; the nurturing of education and talent; broadcasting systems and animation.
Scholars and students who are interested in the history of Chinese animation will benefit from this book and it will appeal additionally to readers interested in Chinese film studies.
Table of Contents
Part I: The Embryonic Stage and Birth of Chinese Animation (1920s–1930s) 1. Overview 2. The Embryonic Stage and Birth of Chinese Animation Consciousness 3. Modern Chinese Animation. Part II: Early Chinese Animation Between the Years of 1931 and 1948 4. Overview 5. Chinese Animation during the War of Resistance against Japanese Aggression 6. Art Film Team of the Northeast Film Studio. Part III: The Development of Chinese Animation between the Years of 1949 and 1977 7. Overview 8. Founding of Shanghai Animation Film Studio 9. Enlightened Education in Animation 10. Blockbuster Works 11. Ink-wash Animation in China 12. Havoc in Heaven, the First Cartoon Feature Film 13. Summary of the Characteristics of Animation Creation in the Period 14. Representative Works from the 1950s to the 1970s in Hong Kong, China 15. The Creation Background and Representative Works in Taiwan, China in the 1950s, 1960s, and 1970s.
Sun Lijun is the Vice President of Beijing Film Academy, President of the China Animation Institute of the Beijing Film Academy, Vice President of the China Animation Association, and the President of the Beijing Film and Television Animation Association. He has published widely on animation. Famous publications include Modern Animation Design, Animation Art Dictionary and Animation Fundamentals.