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[INDEX] Chinese-language animation created in China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, etc.

This work is a proposed Trope, Tropers can vote and offer feedback in the comments section below.
Proposed By:
Wuz on Apr 16th 2018 at 9:22:49 AM
Last Edited By:
Wuz on Apr 29th 2018 at 8:42:48 PM
Name Space: Main
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Chinese animation, also known as donghua from the Mandarin Chinese word for animation ([NOTE: Chinese characters break TLP. Will finish when launching.] Simplified: , Traditional: , Pinyin: , literally: "Moving sketches", compare Manhua which literally means "impromptu sketches"), is narrowly defined as animation from China, but can also be applied to more general Chinese-language animation regardless of nationality. The first Chinese animations were created by the hugely influential Wan brothers in early 20th century, whose feature-length animation film Princess Iron Fan was the first in Asia, becoming a trigger for Japan's animation development and inspiring Osamu Tezuka and the generations of Manga and Anime after him.

Civil strife in the mid-20th century took a toll on Chinese-language animation. Despite this, multiple classical Chinese animated works emerged even under Communist rule, such as the traditional Chinese art-inspired works of Shanghai Animation Film Studio like Havoc in Heaven, an adaptation of a story in Journey to the West. These were yet again hugely influential within China.

There has been some discontent in the Turn of the Millennium and The New '10s concerning the lack of any inspirational development in the Chinese media. A generation of teenagers who grew up under imported Anime were unhappy with that most Chinese animation were simply for children and not for them. The rise of the internet created a strong desire to lead Chinese animation into a new age, with new Japanese animation inspired Chinese animation coming into the scene in the mid-2010s.

Note: For the ease of categorization, Hong Kong animation and Taiwanese animation can also be included on this index.

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Feedback: 4 replies

Apr 16th 2018 at 9:25:04 AM

The Chinese animation sections from Asian Animation should be moved to this new index because they are bloating up the page.

Apr 20th 2018 at 6:30:27 AM

The Chinese characters seems to be messed up in TLP. I will fix them as soon as it is published.

Apr 29th 2018 at 8:42:48 PM

Need more hats and maybe some discussion.