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The History of Chinese Animation

1st Edition

Edited by Lijun Sun


528 pages

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Hardback: 9780367427818
pub: 2019-12-14
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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

I: The Embryo and Birth of Chinese Animation (1920's–1930’s). 1. Overview 2. The Embryo and Birth of Chinese Animation Consciousness 3. Modern Chinese Animation. II: 1931- 1948 - Early Chinese Animation. 1. Overview 2. Chinese Animations during the War of Resistance against Japanese Aggression 3. Art Film Team of the Northeast Film Studio. Ⅲ: The Development of Chinese Animation between the Year of 1949 and 1977. 1. Overview 2. Founding of Shanghai Animation Film Studio 3. Enlightened Educations in Animation 4. Blockbuster Works 5. Ink-wash Animation in China 6. Havoc in Heaven, the First Cartoon Feature Film 7. Summary of the Characteristics of Animation Creation in the Period 8. Representative Works from 1950s to 1970s in Hong Kong, China 9. The Creation Background and Representative Works in Taiwan, China in the 1950s, 1960s, and 1970s.

I: 1978- 1988 ——Chinese Animation after the Reform and Opening up (I). 1. Overview 2. Creation and Exploration 3. Representative Works 4. Unique Artistic Style 5. Development, Representative Works and Features of Animations in the 1980s in Hongkong, China 6. The development of animation and TV animation series in the 1980s in Taiwan, China. II: 1989 - 1999 - Chinese Animation after the Reform and Opening Up (II). 1. Overview 2. Creation and Exploration 3. Representative Works 4. Representative Animation Works in Hong Kong, China and Their Characteristics in the 1990's 5. Animation Development and Representative Works of Taiwan, China in the 1990's. III: After the year of 2000 —— Chinese Animation Stepping into the New Century. 1. Overview 2. Representative Works 3. Art Short Film 4. Animation Education and Talent Cultivation 5. Summary of the Creation Characteristics in the Period 6. Representative Works of Animation in the Early 21st Century in Hong Kong, China and Their Characteristics 7. Representative Works of Animation in Taiwan, China in the Early 21st Century and Their Characteristics.

About the Author/Editor

Sun Lijun is the Vice President of Beijing Film Academy, President of China Animation Institute of Beijing Film Academy, Vice President of China Animation Association, and the President of Beijing Film and Television Animation Association. He published widely on animation. Famous publications include Modern Animation Design, Animation Art Dictionary, Animation Fundamentals, etc.

About the Series

China Perspectives

The China Perspectives series focuses on translating and publishing works by leading Chinese scholars, writing about both global topics and China-related themes. It covers Humanities & Social Sciences, Education, Media and Psychology, as well as many interdisciplinary themes.

This is the first time that any of these books have been translated into English for international readers. The series aims to put forward a Chinese perspective, give insights into cutting-edge academic thinking in China, and inspire researchers globally.


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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
ART / Techniques / Cartooning
ART / History / Modern (late 19th Century to 1945)
ART / History / Contemporary (1945-)
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Media Studies