October 5, 2012
In the October booklet from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences there is a wonderful promotion for the up coming screening of a Chinese classic animation called The Monkey King: Uproar In Heaven (3D). The images were so striking and colorful that I had to share them with you. Below is an excerpt from the booklet.
“The Academy is proud to participate in the first China Onscreen Biennial (COB), launched by the UCLA Confucius Institute.
In scope and design, the COB is an unprecedented four-week bicoastal collaboration among American cultural organizations to promote U.S.-China dialogue through the art of film. The COB will look at both the present and past of Mainland Chinese cinema, bringing some of the best examples of contemporary Chinese filmmaking, as well as archival rarities and film restorations, to American audiences.’
‘THE MONKEY KING: UPROAR IN HEAVEN (3D) A beloved classic of Chinese animation, Wan Laiming and Tang Cheng’s 1960s animated feature returns to theaters after a painstaking and dazzling 3D makeover led by experts at Los Angeles-based Technicolor. One of the most famous characters in Chinese mythology, the mischievous Monkey King leaves chaos in his wake from the Dragon King’s palace to the heavenly halls of the Celestial Emperor. Set to a blended Beijing opera-orchestral soundtrack, the film casts an enchanting spell.”
If you are interested in animated classics and the usage of color in that context you might want to check it out.
Watch a clip from the movie below.
Uproar in Heaven, Chinese Animation, 1 DVD, Monkey King – YouTube.
Any idea where to find prints of those? Or if they exist at all?
I don’t know where to find prints of these works. I wonder if the museum where they showcased the movies had some commemorative prints made.