International Restoration Premiere
ANIMATED, GOLDEN AND RESTORED 1934-1980
This selection of animated shorts digitally restored by the China Film Archive offers a rare glimpse of the luminous output of the Shanghai Animation Film Studio during the 1950s-’60s and late 1970s-’80s, often considered the twin Golden Ages of Chinese animation. Featured are vibrant paper-cut animation by one of the pioneering Wan brothers; ink-wash masterpieces co-directed by ASIFA lifetime achievement honoree Te Wei, possibly the only animator ever from China to be so recognized; A Da’s playful modernism; and as a bonus, China’s earliest extant animation (showing Disney and Fleischer influences to boot). – Cheng-Sim Lim
THE MOUSE AND THE FROG 1934
Producer: Wan Brothers
HDCAM, b&w, silent with English subtitles, 15 min.
Live musical accompaniment by Clif Retallick.
PIGSY EATS WATERMELON 1958
Director: Wan Guchan. Screenwriter: Bao Lei. Cinematographer: Chen Zhenghong. Production Designer: Zhang Tongxuan, Xie Yougen. Animation Design: Hu Jinqing, Qian Jiaxing, Shen Zuwei, Che Hui. Composer: Wu Yingju.
HDCAM, color, Putonghua with English subtitles, 20 min.
LITTLE TADPOLES LOOK FOR THEIR MOTHER 1960
Director/Screenwriter: Te Wei, Tang Cheng / Shanghai Animation Film Studio. Adapted from the story by Fang Huizhen and Sheng Lude. Cinematographer: Duan Xiaoxuan, You Yong, Wang Shirong. Production Designer: Te Wei. Animation Design: Tang Cheng, Wu Qiang, Yan Dingxian, Xu Jingda, Dai Tielang. Background Design: Zheng Shaoru, Fang Pengnian. Composer: Wu Yingju.
HDCAM, color, Putonghua with English subtitles, 10 min.
THE COWHERD’S FLUTE 1963
Director: Te Wei, Qian Jiajun. Screenwriter: Te Wei. Cinematographer: Duan Xiaoxuan. Animation Design: Wu Qiang, Jiao Yesong, Lin Wenxiao, Dai Tielang. Background Design: Fang Jizhong. Painter: Fang Pengnian, Qin Yizhen. Flute Solo: Lu Chunling.
HDCAM, color, 20 min.
THREE MONKS 1980
Director: A Da. Screenwriter: Bao Lei. Cinematographer: You Yong. Character Design: Han Yu. Animation Design: Ma Kexuan, Fan Madi, Zhuang Minjin, Xu Xuande, Qin Baoyi. Background Design: Chen Nianxi. Background Artist: You Xiannui. Composer: Jin Fuzai.
HDCAM, color, 20 min.
TRT: 85 min.
The program and the film restoration project will be introduced by China Film Archive representative Zhao Jing and by CalArts alum experimental animator Miwa Matreyek.
Tickets: $10 general admission. $8 for REDCAT members and non-CalArts students. $5 for CalArts students, faculty and staff. Online tickets available at www.redcat.org; click on the individual program.
Parking: Walt Disney Concert Hall parking garage; enter from 2nd Street and proceed to level P3 for direct access to REDCAT. $9 after 4:00 pm on Mondays-Fridays / $5 after 8:00 pm. $9 flat rate on weekends.
Information: www.redcat.org, 213.237.2800
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