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Where Is Mother DVD -Chinese Classical Animation Films Directed by Te Wei

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Where Is Mother DVD
- Chinese Classical Animation Films directed by Te Wei
Animation films produced by Shanghai Animation Film Studio, 1956-1988
DVD published by Shanghai Film Audio-Visual Publish House, 2005
Dubbing Language: Mandarin Chinese
Subtitle: Simplified Chinese Character, Traditional Chinese Character, English
Regional Code: FREE, ALL
ISBN: 788414423
ISRC: CNE280300430

This DVD contains three animated shorts created under the artistic direction of Te Wei, a Chinese animator born in Shanghai in 1915 and headed production at the Shanghai Animation Film Studio from its inception in 1957 until the Anti-Rightist purge in 1965, and then again after the Cultural Revolution from 1976 to 1984.

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.

conceited general  conceited general

Where is Mother
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 dialogues 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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导演: 特伟,钱家骏,阎善春
出版商:上海电影音像出版社 2006年7月
介质:1 DVD 








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