Monday, June 11, 2012

Chinese Manga: The Buffalo Boy's flute

The Buffalo Boy's Flute is a Chinese animated short, originally released in 1963, and directed by Te Wei, one of China's most prominent animation auteurs. This was the second film made using the "brush painting" animation technique, with the first being Tadpoles Looking For Their Mother, in 1960. The technique was developed by the artists at Shanghai Animation Film Studio beginning in the late 50s; although details of how the animation was achieved are still speculated on today, the actual technique is kept secret by the studio. Despite being banned shortly after its release (because it "didn't reflect the class struggle, and thus would numb the consciousness of the public") The Buffalo Boy's Flute remains one of China's most famous and acclaimed animated films.

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