Saturday, October 6, 2012

Shanghai Animation & Comics Museum (10/6/2012)

Saturday, October 6, 2012
Looking for a little something to do, we took Metro Line 2 to the Guanglan Lu Station, where Kent's GPS sent us east instead of west and we ended up at a corner with nothing. By now Kent could see Zhangjiang Lu on the screen and we headed in the correct direction.
The Shanghai Animation & Comics Museum is in a building called Zhangjiang Animation Valley:
There seem to be several animation companies in the complex.
The museum explained the evolution of animation, starting with cave-dweller paintings of boars:
Some of the paintings showed boars with eight legs which seemed to indicate movement.
The Chinese had their shadow puppets with hinged joints:
Early film animation:
William Hogarth pioneered sequential art.
Emile Cohl was the father of the animated cartoon.
Władysław Starewicz created stop motion animation with insects:
Winsor McCay made a film depiction of "The Sinking of the Lusitania."
Ub Iwerks was correctly credited for creating Mickey Mouse:
Walt Disney is credited with the first animations in color.
A replica of the Shanghai animation studio of the Wan brothers in the 1930s:
The Warner Brothers; Kent with Jessica and Roger Rabbit:
Dreamworks and Kung-fu Panda.
The Japanese with Doraemon and Astro Boy:
The Chinese and the Monkey King:
Rostrum or animation camera for cels (celluloid sheets):
Papercut animation:
Stop-motion animation:
Foreign animators include Scots Norman Maclaren with "Neighbours:"
Friendship between Chinese and Japanese animators:
Hall of Handprints of Chinese cartoonists:
The feeling after the Cultural Revolution:
The second floor was an interactive space, starting with cartoons on drums:
A sort of Chinese-looking Superman:
Kent as a game hero:
On our way back to the Metro station, we crossed a bridge that was closed to traffic. Somehow a truck got on the bridge and needed to find its way out. The driver chose to drive over the curbs to exit along the sidewalk, but lost a portion of his cargo:
Then we saw a strange looking tram cross the road ahead of us. We waited at the station for the next train:
The Zhangjiang Tram:
There is only one line so far in Shanghai, built utilizing a system manufactured by the French Translohr company. Service began in 2010.
Since we were "in the area" (Pudong), we took Metro Line 2 to Line 6, got off at the Yunshan Lu station, and walked down Yunshan to Biyun Road. A bit of a walk, but the meal at Yasmine's was worth it!

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