On the intersection of technology, culture, and everyday life: My semi-updated space to collect and link my thoughts about interesting things I spot.
Beyond bringing Chicken Little to the top of the box office, animation lovers
might also want to check out a few lessor known (at least in the
U.S.) titles and creators. Japanese anime legands such as Hayao Miyazak and his works including Spirited Away have an established following. With government support, chinese animation is hoping to build a similar reputation on U.S. shores.
The story line is familiar: technology lowers the barriers to becoming a public creator. Everyday people exhibit their virgin (or Photoshopped) works on Flickr. Cheap camcorders and editing software bring the likes of the $218.32 budget movie Tarnation into theatres. In China, artists (as well as random Joes) have stretched Flash to produce animation films in unconventional, varied ways.
A prolific young woman, Bu Hua, creates sweetly striking work such as Cat (it may take a minute to load, but the 5 minute short is worth the time.)
On the other end of style, Xiao Xiao, an
ex-engineer, adapts video game and action movie asthetics with his
widely downloaded Stick Figures.
These new comers have not replaced popular animators such as Lao Jiang. His joking "The Rock’nRoad of New Long March" spiraled into a recent collaboration with famed Chinese singer Cui Jian for another animated video "Mr. Red." It would not be surprising if any third installment finds itself on the to-be-launched MTV Chi .