Sunday, 25 September 2011


The Clever Duckling is a Chinese animated short, originally released in 1960, and directed by Yu Zhenguang. This film was the first experiment in folded paper animation at Shanghai Animation Film Studio, and as far as I know, only three other films (A Cabbage, 1962, Singing and Dancing on the Lake, 1964, and The Little Duck, 1980) were ever made in this style. Developing the new method of animating folded paper figures was one of the experiments spurred by the Great Leap Forward campaign in China, during which all aspects of society were expected to make new innovations. Other innovative animation styles developed during this period include paper cut animation and watercolor painting animation, which became much more popular than this style.

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