The following titles are some of the most famous masterpieces that represent the highest level of Chinese animation in technique innovation and aesthetic expression. They are also typical representatives of Chinese culture and art.
Lao Mountain Taoist (1981)
Lao Mountain Taoistis a Chinese animated film produced by the Shanghai Animation Film Studio with stop motion-animated puppets and ink paint.
The production was finished in 1981, and in 2006 the film was voted as one of the most popular domestic animations. Numerous novels and publications have been released under the same name in the past.
The story is about a young man called Wang Qi in ancient times. When he hears that there are many immortals in Lao Mountain, he goes there at once. There is a Taoist who still looks young although he is very old. Wang Qi becimes one of his pupils.
During the first month, Wang Qi goes to the hills for woods with others every day and listens to the instructions of his teacher patiently. In the second month, he feels that he can not stand the hard and tiring life, but he still waites for the teacher to teach him the magical skills. In the third month, he can not bear the suffering any longer.
Upon requests, the Taoist teaches Wang Qi the incantations to recite for walking through walls. But Wang Qi ends up losing all his magic arts because he wants to use his magic power to do bad things.
A Deer of Nine Colors (1981)
A Deer of Nine Colors is a Chinese animated film produced by Shanghai Animation Film Studio. It is also referred to as “The Nine Colored Deer”.
The original story is based on the Buddhist Jataka tale of the same name, which were discovered as cave paintings from the Mogao Caves in Dunhuang, China. The animated plot is essentially a spinoff.
In ancient times, a Persian merchant gets lost in a windstorm. Suddenly a spiritual deer of nine colors appears to guide the man. Later on, the deer rescues this man drowning in a river. In exchange, the man promises not to reveal the deer’s whereabouts.
The man reaches an imperial palace. The king insists on hunting down the spiritual deer down to make clothes out of the deer skin. The man gives in to his greed and leads an army of warriors to the spot.
He falls into the river again, hoping the deer will show up to rescue him. The deer comes. When the king orders his warriors to shoot arrows toward the deer, all the arrows turn into dust and the man is drowned.
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