Colour palettes for White Snake animated feature

all palettes cr: melonxixiisone

White Snake is co-produced between Warner Bros and Light Chaser Animation, and comes from the producer of Little Door Gods and Tea Pets. The animation has been receiving positive reviews for its illustrations and the preservation of zhongguofeng (traditional Chinese elements) since its premiere on Jan 11th.

Promotional theme song by Zhou Shen:

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Live-action meets animated Peking opera heroes in Dramaholics

Marvel’s new Chinese franchise  Shang Chi is going to have a hard time topping the aesthetic of this superhero landing.

 

When an animated Peking Opera character goes through mid-show identity crisis, he escapes to the live-action human world to find himself behind all the masks he wears day after day.  The rest of the opera troupe, each one representing a type of Peking opera character,  must now enter our world to bring him back.

Dramaholic 戏隐江湖 is a comedy series that mixes 3D animated and live-action characters from the team behind Never Ever Expected  (万万没想到). The animation style is gorgeous and unique,  so I really hope the script holds up.  

The head artist and director, Zou Siwei, is a self-trained artist whose daytime job is an Peking Opera actor for the China National Peking Opera Company, so he’ll no doubt bring a lot of authenticity to the opera parts.  Dramaholic stars Chen Xinzhe, Zheng Qiuhong, Zhang Benyu, and Liu Xunzimo. You might recognize the later two as regulars from  Never Ever Expected .

 

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Warner Bros, Light Chaser Animation collaborate for White Snake animated feature

Warner’s last co-production, The Meg, did surprisingly well in China. Will this follow suit?

Warner Brothers  will co-produce their first Chinese animation with Light Chaser Animation ( Little Door Gods , Tea Pets, Cats and Peachtopia )  with a retelling of The Legend of White Snake.   White Snake 白蛇:缘起 tells of the previous lifetime of male lead Xu Xian, and how the White Snake first fell in love with him. The film is set for a December 21st release date.

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Live-action The Outcast tries to recreate anime-styled fighting

Supernatual martial arts manga/anime hit Hitori no Shita: The Outcast /Under One Person / 一人之下  is one of several anime to be produced into an live-action.  Here’s a glimpse at their martial arts choreography testing that tries to recreate the style of the anime. I’m always skeptical of adaptations but the fighting choreography looks really unique:

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Animated feature The Wind Guardians releases art posters

I need a 2D animated film with this aesthetic.

CGI animated feature The Wind Guardian 风语咒 recently released a series of posters and they’re so gorgeous they make the trailer pale in comparison. The film is the first animated feature film from animated wuxia series Drawing Jianghu 画江湖. It will be in theaters on July 20, 2018.

and this aesthetic.


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Watch Hebe Tian, Jing Boran as Beauty and the Beast

Watch Hebe Tian and Jing Boran in their rendition of the classic Beauty and the Beast theme song for the upcoming live-action film. The translations are very non-literal and almost sounds more like a translation of Sun and Moon, but at least they both look gorgeous.  Also, if you haven’t heard, Disney’s live-action Mulan is set for a Nov. 2018 release date and is expected to begin filming in April. No news on Sony’s version yet.

Mythological creatures come alive in Big Fish

Rushou 蓐收 is the harvest god and has tiger paws. He rides two dragons to work and has a pet snake.

Rushou 蓐收 is the harvest god, which explains the giant fortune cookie costume. He rides two dragons to work and has a pet snake.

Learn about mythological creatures from The Classic of Mountains and Seas with this beautiful set of character posters from currently-screening animated feature Big Fish and Begonia 大鱼海棠.  Continue reading

Big Fish and Begonia releases trailers

I think those of you interested in Chinese animation will be pleasantly surprised.

Big Fish & Begonia (previously Big Fish & Chinese Flowering Crabapple) has released trailers and is planning for a July 8th release.  This is a co-production between a Chinese (Beijing Enlight Media) and South Korean company (Studio Mir behind The Legend of Korra and The Boondocks) and seems to draw inspiration from various sources as well as Chinese texts.  The project is directed by Liang Xuan and Zhang Chun.

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Zhao Wei to Direct “Huan Zhu Ge Ge” Animated Film

Zhao Wei and Ruby Lin in Huan Zhu Ge Ge

“I wonder what we’ll look like as cartoons?”

18 years after Huan Zhu Ge Ge (还珠格格) won over the hearts of viewers across China, leading actress Zhao Wei will return to the story that catapulted her to fame. Alibaba Pictures recently announced that it will release an animated film adaptation of Huan Zhu Ge Ge, with Zhao Wei taking on the role of director.

In recent years, many popular dramas have been adapted for the silver screen, causing fans to wonder if Huan Zhu Ge Ge would earn similar treatment. In 2014, news reports claimed that Alibaba Pictures had purchased the rights to adapt the novel into a film. Because of Zhao Wei’s close ties with Alibaba founder Jack Ma, it was strongly believed that she would support the project by participating in the movie in some way.

However, in the two years since, there has been little to no news regarding the rumored animated film — until now. Yesterday, Alibaba CEO Zhang Qiang unexpectedly announced that preparations for the movie would begin this year, and that the company planned to present the story as an animated film.

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