Kirill Polikarpov, director, animator, artist, creative director of the Moscow Museum of Animation – a member of the Association of Private Museums of Russia – told BRICS TV channel about the animated films that are iconic for the development of Chinese animation.
According to him, the Princess and the Iron Fan cartoon, which was shot by the pioneers of Chinese animation – the Wang brothers in 1941, following the tracks of Walt Disney’s Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, became the first full-fledged animated film produced in China. “Of course, the movements and emotions were so imperfect that it was difficult to watch a cartoon. But for a start, it was good. And if we talk about a more serious study of the characters and the script itself, then the Trouble in the Celestial Halls cartoon, which is shown in our museum, stands apart,” shared Kirill Polikarpov. The creators of this film did not take an example from the United States, but focused on the technique of Soviet animation. It was not so motley and dynamic, was more natural. But soon, the creators of animated characters began to look for a unique “Chinese” style, portray national heroes, talk about the traditions and culture of China, the story says.