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Product: Chinese Classical Animation: Te Wei Collection -Two Disc Set
Director: Te Wei
Animation films produced by Shanghai Animation Film Studio, 1956-1988
DVD published by Shanghai Film Audio-Visual Publish House, 2005
Medium: 2 DVD discs
Dubbing Language: Mandarin Chinese
Subtitle: Simplified Chinese Character, Traditional Chinese Character, English
Regional Code: FREE, ALL
ISBN: 788414239 / 9787884144235
ISRC: CNE280300430

Te Wei is an illustrator and realizer of Cinema of animation Chinese born in Shanghai in 1915, having worked with the Studio of Animation of Shanghai.

It proves that it is possible to apply Chinese traditional animation to the cinema of animation, via a pilot. That then enables him to carry out with the Studio of animation of Shanghai various films using these techniques.

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A double DVD published by the cartoon film Studio of Shanghai to celebrate his ninety birthday, heading “Chinese Classic Animation” recalls its work, and presents a biography of the artist.

Catalog of films

  • The Conceited General, 1956, traditional animation
  • Good Friends, 1954, traditional animation
  • Tadpoles in the Search of their Mom, 1960, animation in Chinese traditional painting (Washing)
  • The Flute of the Herdsman, 1963, animation with the washing
  • Impressions of Mountain and Water, 1988, animation with the washing

The Conceited General (the Proud General)
Writer: Hua Junwu
Director: Te Wei
Produced by Shanghai Animation Film Studio, 1956

After a victorious military campaign, a general returns home to glory and prosperity. The king rewards him and claims that all enemies will be intimidated by the general. From then on, the general no longer practice martial arts. He eats, drinks, lives the glamorous life, and didn't bother anymore with sharpening his weapons. When the enemy one day returns, his own arrogance led to his defeat and eventually to the downfall of whole nation.

The film was heavily influenced by Disney from the perspective of character design, movement and storytelling point of view. The music are derived from Beijing Opera. The clothing, architecture, and props do have a strong sense of Chinese cultural influence. none of the ladies have their facial features drawn in; the emphasis is on the motions of their silk scarves. It was one of the first films to use the art of water ink painting in a lengthy production.

The DVD has been re-released under the Chinese Classic Animation Te Wei Collection set. The Conceited General do have English subtitles.

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Where is Mamma
Director: Te Wei
Produced by Shanghai Animation Film Studio, 1960

Hailed as "China's first watercolor animation," "brush animation," this definitely presents a different style from the previous feature. An homage to the water-color paintings of Qi Baishi, it featured a group of tadpoles in search of their mother, pestering chicks, crayfish, goldfish, turtles and a catfish before eventually locating her. With the voiceover narration, beautiful, pretty smoothly animated images, it gears towards a younger audience.

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The Cowboy's Flute
Writer: Te Wei
Director: Te Wei, Qian Jiajun
Produced by Shanghai Animation Film Studio, 1963

The story is about a relationship between a young cow herding boy with an extraordinary flute playing ability. He is accompanied by his faithful water buffalo, and falls asleep in a tree. The first month of summer morning, in the south field, a naive lively shepherd boy rides the water buffalo to browse. The cow has suddenly been missing, originally the cow is drown on the waterfalls, which ignores the shepherd boy's call for back. Hearing the sound which is sent out by the windy bamboo, he has the comprehension, then truncates the bamboo into a flute, plays the melodious delightful music. By the attraction of the whistle sound, the water buffalo is back to the shepherd boy side. The shepherd boy riding the cow back is treading the twilight boundary ridge between fields, easily returns.

The film did not contain any dialogue allowing it to be watched by any culture. The animation is essentially Chinese painting in motion, with a heavy emphasis on the flute melody.

Using the images that abound in traditional landscape painting and focusing their narrative upon the delicate relationship between man and nature in Cowboy's Flute, Te Wei and Qian Jajun created a wonderful genre of landscape painting-in-process. The film was an homage to Li Keran, the contemporary painter famous for his paintings of the countryside south of the Yangtze River. Enjoy it is like the movement of a landscape scroll that one slowly unravels. It's a deliberate and downright playful manipulation of the animation medium. Cowboy's Flute remains to this day one of the masterpieces of Chinese animation.

More than a decade later, the film would win an award at the Odense International Film Festival in 1979.

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Feeling From Mountain and Water
Writer: Wang Shuchen
Director: Te Wei, Yan Shanchun, Ma Kexuan
Produce by Shanghai Animation Film Studio, 1988

Feeling from Mountain and Water is a Chinese animated short film produced by Shanghai Animation Film Studio under the master animator Te Wei. It is also referred to as "Love of Mountain and River", "Feelings of Mountains and Waters".

The story is about an impoverished elderly scholar and a young boatman who cares for him briefly in return for zither lessons. The aging musician teaches with skill and patience, the youth is diligent, finally becomes the great talent. The aging musician donates the beloved old music instrument for the youth as a gift, and he will move alone between mountains and white clouds. The youth plays the old music instrument, the melodious sound to say goodbye towards the master vanishing in the boundless mountains.

The film did not contain any dialogue allowing it to be watched by any culture. The only noises are that of the sound of the wind or other earthly elements. The film is considered a masterpiece at the artistic level, since it was essentially a landscape painting in motion. Artistically, it uses a mountains-water painting style through out. The style reached its creative peak with this animation film. There was indeed a gorgeous guzheng soundtrack. The music was impressive.

Won the Best animated film prize at the Golden Rooster Awards in 1989.

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Good Friends (1954)
Writer: Te Wei
Director: Te Wei

产品名称:中国经典动画特伟篇
导演:特伟,钱家骏,阎善春
出版商:上海电影音像出版社 2006年7月
介质:2 DVD 
语言:国语
字幕:简体中文、繁体中文、英文
ISBN:7884144239

详细内容:

1、 外包装:布纹纸印刷封套
2、内包装:3折透明塑料盘片托架包装
3、附赠品:特伟艺术人生手册一本(20页)
4、碟片内容:D5光盘载体,柯式印刷盘面
碟一收录:1、《骄傲的将军》;2、《小蝌蚪找妈妈》;3、《牧笛》;4、《山水情》
碟二收录:1、《好朋友》;2、纪录片《特伟与中国水墨动画》;3、1960年中国水墨动画片

如果说在全世界最有影响力的中国动画片,那么非《大闹天宫》莫属,但如果说最具中国特色独一无二的中国动画,却在这套水墨动画系列之中。这些动画直接脱胎于中国的国画艺术,它不仅汲取了国画中的水墨表现方式,更重要的是这些动画片继承了国画艺术中的宁静淡泊、潇洒出世的至高意境。它的高超美术水准完全脱离了匠气,以大师名作为蓝本使片中的形象附着了神韵与灵气,如《小蝌蚪找妈妈》直接取材于齐白石的鱼虾形象,《牧笛》则借鉴了李可染的《斗牛图》,这些作品传达了中国传统文化特别是绘画艺术的非凡气蕴,特别是《山水情》一片,片子没有任何对白,但那种寄情山水的古代文人气质和中国式的优美被完美的表达出来了。

这次的DVD是上海美术继《大闹天宫》珍藏版之后,又一强力之作。作为一种基本已经绝版的动画形式,水墨动画这种艺术珍品具有不可低估的收藏价值。

《骄傲的将军》(1956年)
编剧:华君武
导演:特伟

从前有位将军得胜归来,在庆功会上,他随手抛接几百斤重的铜鼎,又拉弓射雁连发连中,观者个个喝彩。从此,他不再练武,成天过着荒唐享乐的生活。几个月后,正当大家向他祝寿,敌人突然起兵进攻。

《小蝌蚪找妈妈》(1960年)
艺术指导:特伟

中国第一部水墨动画片
一群可爱的小蝌蚪出世了,但是谁是我们的妈妈呢?一场有趣而感人的寻亲之旅开始了。在把大眼睛的金鱼、白肚皮的螃蟹、四条腿的乌龟甚至大鲇鱼都误认为妈妈后,小蝌蚪们终于找到了它们的亲妈妈--青蛙。

法国第十七届戛纳国际电影节荣誉奖
法国第四届安纳西国际动画片电影节儿童片奖
瑞士第十四ऺ ;洛迦诺国际电影节短片银帆奖
第一届中国电影百花奖最佳美术片奖

《牧笛》(1963年)
编剧:特伟
导演:特伟、钱家骏

初夏的早晨,江南田野,一个天真活泼的牧童骑着水牛去放牛。牛忽然失踪了,原来牛被飞流千尺的瀑布所吸引。牧童唤它,它不动。牧童从风竹发出的音响有所领悟,削竹为笛,吹奏出悠扬悦耳的乐曲,水牛被笛声吸引,回到牧童身边,牧童骑上牛背,踏着暮色的田埂,悠然归去。

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《山水情》(1988年)
编剧:王树忱
总导演:特伟
导演:阎善春、马克宣

老琴师在回乡途中寻觅知音,找到一个渔家少年,结为师徒。老琴师循循善诱,少年聪颖好学,终成大器。高山流水之间,老琴师将心爱的古琴赠给少年,独自走向山巅白云之间。少年弹奏古琴,悠扬的琴声,送走消失在茫茫山野的老琴师。

《山水情》融入了中国的道家师法自然、与世无争思 想和禅宗明心见性的灵感,杰出的水墨技法与古琴技艺无不出自大家之手,折服 无数中外人士,代表中国水墨动画的最高水平,堪称民族艺术的瑰宝!

第九届中国电影金鸡奖最佳美术片奖
中华人民共和国广播电影电视部八八年度优秀影片奖
加拿大第十四届蒙特尔电影节最佳短片奖

《好朋友》(1954年)
编剧:特伟
导演:特伟

鸡妈妈的孩子小花请小鸭子一起玩“老鹰抓小鸡”的游戏,为了争一条小虫,两个小朋友吵了架,小花不理小鸭子,小鸭子就独自到河里游来游去找小鱼吃,小花看了又羡慕又妒忌。突然小花发现一只黄鼠狼,撒腿就跑,跑了一段才想起小鸭子,急忙跑回去找,可是小鸭子已被黄鼠狼抓住了。

1949-1955年文化部优秀影片二等奖


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