Television Cartoon Series: Five Philosophies
Author: Cai Zhizhong (Tsau Chih Chung)
Director: Chen Weijun
Produced by Shenzhen Puzzle Animation Studio Ltd., Cartoon Department of CCTV
Published by China International TV Corp, 2006
Media: 12 VCD2.0
ISBN: 7799814586 / 9787799814582
Adapted from the bestselling caricature books by Cai Zhizhong, a popular Chinese illustrator from Taiwan, the television three-dimensional cartoon series is about the sayings of Confucius, Laozi, Sunzi, Zhangzi and Mencius. The caricaturist uses cartoons to illustrate the seemingly recondite ancient Chinese classics in such an amusing way. By a lot of satirical drawings, funny and humorous storiettes (e.g. character tales, animal stories, landscapes, flower-and-bird stories, and fictions) the cartoonist attempts to bring out the complex ideas of those sages to modern readers easily understandable.
Laozi was a philosopher of ancient China and an important figure in Taoism (also called Daoism). Laozi's work, the Tao Te Ching, is one of the most significant treatises in Chinese philosophy. The Tao Te Ching has attracted generations of followers from across the world to its simple tenets of modesty, peace, and realism. Through the profoundly wise and delightfully entertaining illustrations of Tsai Chih Chung, the Tao Speaks offers the centuries-old wisdom of the Tao to modern readers searching for new ways to bring meaning to life.
Zhuangzi (369? - 286? BC) is a famous philosopher in ancient China, the great Daoist. He is good at using allegories to express philosophical thinking. During a period of political and social upheaval in China, the unconventional insights of the sage pointed to a way of living naturally. Cai had his cartoon characters enact the key parables of Zhuangzi.
Confucius (551 - 479 BC) is a great thinker, educator and founder of Confucianism. In Confucius Speaks, the teachings of the greatest sage of all time are vividly brought to life by the wonderfully endearing and humorous characters drawn by Cai Zhizhong. Although readers everywhere are familiar with the name of Confucius, few have encountered his actual teachings in such an accessible manner. One can truly learn the Confucian way, or reemphasize what one has learned.
Mencius was the outstanding Confucian sage of the Warring States period (457-221 BC). He received instruction first from his mother and later from a pupil of Zisi, a grandson of Confucius. Heir to the philosophy of Confucius, Mencius tours various states to air Benevolent ideology. The illustrated Mencius Speaks has over 100 Mencius conversations for the reader of today, bringing to life the spirit and philosophy of the second to Confucius sage.
Sunzi is an honorific title bestowed upon Sun Wu (c. 544 BC – 496 BC), the author of The Art of War, an immensely influential ancient Chinese book on military strategy. He is also one of the earliest realists in international relations theory. In Sunzi Speaks, the great warrior's wisdom, the wisdom for winning a war without fighting a single battle, is retold through the enchanting and illuminating illustrations of Cai Zhizhong.
ISRC：CN-A 03-06-320 -00/V.J9