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Chinese Classical Animation: Te Wei Collection 2 DVD Set

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Product: Chinese Classical Animation: Te Wei Collection -Two Disc Set
Director: Te Wei
Animation films produced by Shanghai Animation Film Studio, 1956-1988
DVD published by Shanghai Film Audio-Visual Publish House, 2005
Medium: 2 DVD discs
Dubbing Language: Mandarin Chinese
Subtitle: Simplified Chinese Character, Traditional Chinese Character, English
Regional Code: FREE, ALL
ISBN: 788414239 / 9787884144235
ISRC: CNE280300430

Te Wei is an illustrator and realizer of Cinema of animation Chinese born in Shanghai in 1915, having worked with the Studio of Animation of Shanghai.

It proves that it is possible to apply Chinese traditional animation to the cinema of animation, via a pilot. That then enables him to carry out with the Studio of animation of Shanghai various films using these techniques.

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A double DVD published by the cartoon film Studio of Shanghai to celebrate his ninety birthday, heading “Chinese Classic Animation” recalls its work, and presents a biography of the artist.

Catalog of films

  • The Conceited General, 1956, traditional animation
  • Good Friends, 1954, traditional animation
  • Tadpoles in the Search of their Mom, 1960, animation in Chinese traditional painting (Washing)
  • The Flute of the Herdsman, 1963, animation with the washing
  • Impressions of Mountain and Water, 1988, animation with the washing

The Conceited General (the Proud General)
Writer: Hua Junwu
Director: Te Wei
Produced by Shanghai Animation Film Studio, 1956

After a victorious military campaign, a general returns home to glory and prosperity. The king rewards him and claims that all enemies will be intimidated by the general. From then on, the general no longer practice martial arts. He eats, drinks, lives the glamorous life, and didn't bother anymore with sharpening his weapons. When the enemy one day returns, his own arrogance led to his defeat and eventually to the downfall of whole nation.

The film was heavily influenced by Disney from the perspective of character design, movement and storytelling point of view. The music are derived from Beijing Opera. The clothing, architecture, and props do have a strong sense of Chinese cultural influence. none of the ladies have their facial features drawn in; the emphasis is on the motions of their silk scarves. It was one of the first films to use the art of water ink painting in a lengthy production.

The DVD has been re-released under the Chinese Classic Animation Te Wei Collection set. The Conceited General do have English subtitles.

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Where is Mamma
Director: Te Wei
Produced by Shanghai Animation Film Studio, 1960

Hailed as "China's first watercolor animation," "brush animation," this definitely presents a different style from the previous feature. An homage to the water-color paintings of Qi Baishi, it featured a group of tadpoles in search of their mother, pestering chicks, crayfish, goldfish, turtles and a catfish before eventually locating her. With the voiceover narration, beautiful, pretty smoothly animated images, it gears towards a younger audience.

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The Cowboy's Flute
Writer: Te Wei
Director: Te Wei, Qian Jiajun
Produced by Shanghai Animation Film Studio, 1963

The story is about a relationship between a young cow herding boy with an extraordinary flute playing ability. He is accompanied by his faithful water buffalo, and falls asleep in a tree. The first month of summer morning, in the south field, a naive lively shepherd boy rides the water buffalo to browse. The cow has suddenly been missing, originally the cow is drown on the waterfalls, which ignores the shepherd boy's call for back. Hearing the sound which is sent out by the windy bamboo, he has the comprehension, then truncates the bamboo into a flute, plays the melodious delightful music. By the attraction of the whistle sound, the water buffalo is back to the shepherd boy side. The shepherd boy riding the cow back is treading the twilight boundary ridge between fields, easily returns.

The film did not contain any dialogue allowing it to be watched by any culture. The animation is essentially Chinese painting in motion, with a heavy emphasis on the flute melody.

Using the images that abound in traditional landscape painting and focusing their narrative upon the delicate relationship between man and nature in Cowboy's Flute, Te Wei and Qian Jajun created a wonderful genre of landscape painting-in-process. The film was an homage to Li Keran, the contemporary painter famous for his paintings of the countryside south of the Yangtze River. Enjoy it is like the movement of a landscape scroll that one slowly unravels. It's a deliberate and downright playful manipulation of the animation medium. Cowboy's Flute remains to this day one of the masterpieces of Chinese animation.

More than a decade later, the film would win an award at the Odense International Film Festival in 1979.

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Feeling From Mountain and Water
Writer: Wang Shuchen
Director: Te Wei, Yan Shanchun, Ma Kexuan
Produce by Shanghai Animation Film Studio, 1988

Feeling from Mountain and Water is a Chinese animated short film produced by Shanghai Animation Film Studio under the master animator Te Wei. It is also referred to as "Love of Mountain and River", "Feelings of Mountains and Waters".

The story is about an impoverished elderly scholar and a young boatman who cares for him briefly in return for zither lessons. The aging musician teaches with skill and patience, the youth is diligent, finally becomes the great talent. The aging musician donates the beloved old music instrument for the youth as a gift, and he will move alone between mountains and white clouds. The youth plays the old music instrument, the melodious sound to say goodbye towards the master vanishing in the boundless mountains.

The film did not contain any dialogue allowing it to be watched by any culture. The only noises are that of the sound of the wind or other earthly elements. The film is considered a masterpiece at the artistic level, since it was essentially a landscape painting in motion. Artistically, it uses a mountains-water painting style through out. The style reached its creative peak with this animation film. There was indeed a gorgeous guzheng soundtrack. The music was impressive.

Won the Best animated film prize at the Golden Rooster Awards in 1989.

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Good Friends (1954)
Writer: Te Wei
Director: Te Wei

出版商:上海电影音像出版社 2006年7月
介质:2 DVD 


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