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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.

animation film tadpole  animation film tadpole  animation film tadpole

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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产品名称:小蝌蚪找妈妈
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 
语言:国语
字幕:简体中文、繁体中文、英文
ISBN:788414423

为庆祝中国杰出动画艺术家、漫画家特伟先生90寿辰,感谢他对?#20013;国风格?#21160;画的杰出贡献,上海美术电影制片厂推出《中国经典动画系列》DVD,精选老艺术家各个时期代表之作,经典收录:
  世界上第一部水墨动画片《小蝌蚪找妈妈》
  风云继起,世界瞩目的水墨篇章《牧笛》
  中国?#27665;族风格?#21160;画第一炮《骄傲的将军》

如果说在全世界最有影响力的中国动画片,那么非《大闹天宫》莫属,但如果说最具中国特色独一无二的中国动画,却在这套水墨动画系列之中。这些动画直接脱胎于中国的国画艺术,它不仅汲取了国画中的水墨表现方式,更重要的是这些动画片继承了国画艺术中的宁静淡泊、潇洒出世的至高意境。它的高超美术水准完全脱离了匠气,以大师名作为蓝本使片中的形象附着了神韵与灵气,如《小蝌蚪找妈妈》直接取材于齐白石的鱼虾形象,《牧笛》则借鉴了李可染的《斗牛图》,这些作品传达了中国传统文化特别是绘画艺术的非凡气蕴。

这次的DVD是上海美术继《大闹天宫》珍藏版之后,又一强力之作。作为一种基本已经绝版的动画形式,水墨动画这种艺术珍品具有不可低估的收藏价值。

《骄傲的将军》(1956年)
编剧:华君武
导演:特伟

从前有位将军得胜归来,在庆功会上,他随手抛接几百斤重的铜鼎,又拉弓射雁连发连中,观者个个喝彩。从此,他不再练武,成天过着荒唐享乐的生活。几个月后,正当大家向他祝寿,敌人突然起兵进攻。

《小蝌蚪找妈妈》(1960年)
艺术指导:特伟

小蝌蚪诞生了,可是妈妈是谁呢?它们先后找了虾公公、金鱼妈妈、乌龟和鲇鱼……最后终于找到了自己的妈妈。

春天,池塘里出现了许多小蝌蚪,它们在水里游呀游。看到岸边的小鸡跟着它们的妈妈很亲热,小蝌蚪们十分羡慕,于是决定去寻找自己的妈妈。它们碰到虾公公,忙向它打听妈妈的模样。虾公公告诉它们:?#20320;们的妈妈有两只大眼睛。?#23567;蝌蚪们遇见长着两只大眼睛的金鱼,高兴得忙叫?#22920;妈?#12290;金鱼说: ?#20320;们的妈妈有个白肚皮。?#23567;蝌蚪们看到螃蟹是白肚皮,又高兴地叫?#22920;妈?#12290;螃蟹说:?#20320;们的妈妈只有四条腿。?#23567;蝌蚪们见乌龟有四条腿,又围上去叫?#22920;妈?#12290;旁边的小乌龟着急地说:?#22905;是我的妈妈,妈妈和孩子长得一样嘛!?#23567;蝌蚪们只好往前游,看见鲶鱼长得很像它们自己,又拥上去叫?#22920;妈?#12290;鲶鱼张开大口吓唬它们。这时正巧青蛙妈妈赶来了。小蝌蚪们终于找到了自己的妈妈。

五六十年代的中国水墨动画是世界动画界的珍宝,《小蝌蚪找妈妈》就是代表作之一,取材于齐白石的鱼虾形象,奠定了影片的美术水准。开头的设计就很?#20013;国?#65292;打开一本素雅的国画画册后,一幅幽静的荷塘小景淡淡推入,古琴和琵琶乐声悠扬,共同勾画出优美抒情的水墨世界。这部片子打破了动画片?#21333;线平涂?#30340;模式,没有边缘线,意境优美,气韵生动,可爱的小蝌蚪,池塘里各种动物,生动的表情,优美的动作,用水墨表现得淋漓尽致。《小蝌蚪找妈妈》被认为是中国第一部水墨动画片。

1961年获瑞士第十四届洛迦诺国际电影节短片银帆奖;1962年获第一届电影百花奖最佳美术片奖,法国第四届昂西国际动画电影节儿童片奖;1964年获法国第十七届戛纳国际电影节荣誉奖;1978年获南斯拉夫第三届萨格勒布国际动画电影节分组一等奖:1981年获巴黎蓬皮杜文化中心第四届国际儿童和青年节二等奖。

《牧笛》(1963年)
编剧:特伟
导演:特伟、钱家骏

初夏的早晨,江南田野,一个天真活泼的牧童骑着水牛去放牛。牛忽然失踪了,原来牛被飞流千尺的瀑布所吸引。牧童唤它,它不动。牧童从风竹发出的音响有所领悟,削竹为笛,吹奏出悠扬悦耳的乐曲,水牛被笛声吸引,回到牧童身边,牧童骑上牛背,踏着暮色的田埂,悠然归去……

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