‘Animation Base’ Tag
China Animation is booming, not blooming
Beijing, January 28th 2012 (China Daily)

China’s animation industry is still in its infancy but it’s a very chubby baby, fed by investors pouring in capital and by favorable government policies.

It has been productive, too. In 2003, the industry turned out 12,000 minutes of original cartoons. In 2010, the volume was more than 220,000 minutes, according to data from the State Administration of Radio, Film and Television.

Last year’s total production is expected to surpass 240,000 minutes.

But analysts say little remarkable progress has been made. They blame a lack of clear guidelines for development of the industry and blind investment in expectation of huge returns.

While more than 10,000 animation enterprises are operating in the market, few have made a profit or found the right way to run their business, said Li Yang, director of the expert committee on the industry’s development under the State Council.

And among the nearly 22 weeks’ worth of original cartoons produced in 2010, “there have barely been any really excellent ones, which actually turns out to be a huge waste of money, time and manpower”, he said.

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Source: China Daily

Disney launches first overseas animation games company in China
Ningbo, June 14th 2011 (People’s Daily)

Global commerce colossus Walt Disney Company (Shanghai) set up its first online animation games production base outside America when its branch office was put into operation in Ningbo of Zhejiang province on June 12.

People may always associate Disney with classic cartoon figures, such as Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck, and the Lion King, etc. Nevertheless, the newly-founded branch office in Ningbo will specialize in developing online animation products, providing animation design and Internet information service as well.

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Source: People’s Daily
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Animation production base opens in Tianjin
Tianjin, May 29th 2011 (Xinhua)
China’s first state-level animation production base opened Friday in northern Tianjin Municipality, with a total investment of 4.5 billion yuan (690 million U.S. dollars).

More than 180 firms have signed up for animation production and related services at the 770,000-square-meter base, located in the Sino-Singapore Tianjin Eco-city.

Minister of Culture Cai Wu told a launching ceremony that animation production had been included into the country’s overall development plan for culture industry during the 2011-2015 period.

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Source: Xinhua
Source: Xinhua

The Funny Business – Animation Industry in China
Hong Kong, May 18th 2011 (Hong Kong Trader website)

There is a very interesting article on the Hong Kong Trader website about the current stage of the Animation Industry in China.

Zhou Yong quit his job with Shanghai’s Economics and Information Committee, where he had worked for 14 years, to start a business last year. Improbable as it seemed, his new business was an “animation zone” for Chinese mainland creative companies.

Now Director of Animation and Comic Zone Shanghai, Mr Zhou became convinced about the promise of the animation sector based on cultural industry speeches made last year by President Hu Jintao. Mr Zhou believed that the business could work, if it was linked with industrial chains that could generate the profits needed for growth in scale and technical expertise.

For the past nine years, the mainland’s animation industry has been developing profitably, in varying phases. The lengthy industrial chain for animation-related products – including movies and TV – started becoming lucrative after the first China International Cartoon and Animation Festival, which took place in Hangzhou in 2002.

A 2005 government policy decree to step up development of the animation industry triggered the establishment of industrial parks in several mainland cities developing the animation industry.

To date, more than 70 of these industrial parks have been set up. The Animation Office in the city of Wuxi, Jiangsu Province, reports that it is now second in the country for original productions, based on 2010 results. Hangzhou in Zhejiang Province is the leading animation producer. Both centres produced more than 30,000 minutes of animation last year.

A 2005 government policy decree to step up development of the animation industry triggered the establishment of industrial parks in several mainland cities developing the animation industry.

To date, more than 70 of these industrial parks have been set up. The Animation Office in the city of Wuxi, Jiangsu Province, reports that it is now second in the country for original productions, based on 2010 results. Hangzhou in Zhejiang Province is the leading animation producer. Both centres produced more than 30,000 minutes of animation last year.

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Hangzhou Unveils China Comics & Animation Museum
Hangzhou, May 11th 2011

The museum is the brainchild of international architecture and urban design firm MVRDV, and will be located on Baima Lake in Hangzhou.
The 30,000-square-meter complex is inspired by comic book dialogue boxes, according to MVRDV. They put this concept into practice by designing all the museum’s buildings as bubble structures — eight in total — which are home to three theaters, a cartoon exhibition hall and a comic hall.

One of the balloons is also entirely devoted to interactive experiences where visitors can experiment with animation techniques including blue screen, stop motion and drawing.
The China Comic and Animation Museum’s collections will feature both domestic and international animation works including original drafts of the Chinese animated feature films “Uproar in Heaven” and “Astro Boy shakes hands with the Monkey King.”

The museum is part of a larger plan for the area that will include a series of parks, a public plaza and an expo center.

Source: Animation Insider
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