Top 10 Classic Chinese Cartoons
Chinese animation went through a golden age in the late 1950s and 1980s. One after another outstanding animation was produced during these periods.
Here we pick the top 10 classic Chinese animations from the last century. Let's take a look back at them and review those colorful images that brought us great joy and touched our heart in our childhood.
1.Havoc in Heaven 大闹天宫
Havoc in Heaven, also known as Uproar in Heaven, is a Chinese animated feature film directed by Wan Laiming and produced by all four of the Wan brothers. The film was created at the height of the Chinese animation industry in the 1960s, and received numerous awards. It earned the brothers domestic and international recognition.
Prince Nezha’s Triumph Against Dragon King is a 1979 Chinese animated film. It was screened out of competition at the 1980 Cannes Film Festival. In the cartoon, Nezha is depicted with various heads and arms.
Legend of Sealed Book is a Chinese animated feature film produced by Shanghai Animation Film Studio. The film was produced with rigorous dubbing, fluid combination of music and vivid animations. The story is based on the classic literature Ping Yao Zhuan (平妖传) meaning "The Suppression of the Demons" authored by Feng Menglong.
The Cowboy’s Flute is a Chinese animated short film produced by Shanghai Animation Film Studio under the master animator Te Wei. It was an innovation when this film was released, designed with ink-and-wash animation.
Another classic film from Shanghai Animation Film Studio, "Saving Mother" was one of the most popular animations in China. The story is based on the traditional Chinese folklore about a boy named Chen Xiang. His mother was a goddess and his father a mortal.
Calabash Brothers is also referred to as "Bottle Gourd Brothers", "Hulu Brothers", "Seven Brothers" and "Pumpkin Brothers".In the 1980s the series was one of the most popular animation in China.
Three Monks, directed by A Da, is an adaptation of a folk proverb: one monk will shoulder two buckets of water, two monks will share the load, but add a third and no one will want to fetch water. With a simple and fresh directing style, the film depicts the comparisons of the different attitudes of the three monks when staying alone, staying with one other, and staying with two others.
A school of tadpoles were born. Who is our mom? Then, an interesting and affecting mom-searching journey started. After mistaking goldfish, crab, tortoise and even a big catfish for their mother, the tadpoles eventually found their real mom- frog. The story tells that where there is a will there is a way. It is also kind of a film on popular science. The water-ink animations of China in the 1950s and 1960s were treasures in the world’s animation field. Tadpoles Looking for Their Mother was one of the representative works.
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.
10.Snow Kid 雪孩子
“Snow Kid”, also referred to as “Snow Child”, is a popular Chinese animated film produced by Shanghai Animation Film Studio in 1980.
The story is about a rabbit mother who left her young rabbit home alone and built a snowman to accompany her child. The child and the snow kid became good friends immediately and happily played. One night, the young rabbit fell asleep and accidentally started a fire in the cabin. The snowman ran into the burning house and saved the young rabbit, sacrificing himself when melting in the fire.