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/ Entertainment/ MoviesAnimation more than a fantasyUpdated: 2013-10-05 07:38By Eric Jou ( China Daily)Comments Print Mail Large Medium  SmallCreative approaches needed in artistry and business as animators face bottlenecks in traditional broadcast media, Eric Jou reports.The names of Chinese animation studios have long been showing up in the credits of foreign products. That might please those mentioned, but creating quality content for domestic audiences has been incredibly hard with so many animation companies engaged in outsourcing. But a change is on the way as more and more domestic animation houses use their skill to produce the content they conceive. In early September, the Peoples Daily said more Chinese viewers are tuning in to watch domestic animations because the quality is getting better. It also stressed the need to create original content.According to the China International Cartoon Network website, revenues from domestic animation will hit $32 billion by 2015. Hong Long Century Plaza produced by domestic animation studio Dans Digital won an award in the ads and introductory spots category at AniFest in 2010. More Chinese studios are creating their own material instead of relying on outsourcing. Photos Provided to China DailyThere is even growing demand from overseas. The Blue Ocean Network has found foreign viewers starting to follow Chinese animations such as Pleasant Goat and Big Big Wolf.But the path to original content is long and domestic animation companies have suffered under criticism for failure to even create quality China-themed work.It took Steven Spielbergs DreamWorks studio to make the blockbuster Kung Fu Panda – and both the martial art and animal are Chinese icons.So some local studios are taking a different route to creating and producing original content.Dans Digital in Shenzhen has been around since 2003 and has reaped award after award for its original work. While Dans isnt pursuing animation in cartoons, it is deemed an animation company in China because it works in graphics.Dans Digital founder Deng Bohong said he and his relatively small 40-man team strive to use special effects and computer graphics to tell a story. He said since the company was founded, there was never a desire to do outsourcing work or even full-length features.”Weve never done outsourcing and we dont care for it,” said Deng. “Movies to us also lack creativity. We use our techniques but ultimately we are working to create someone elses vision.”Movies and outsourced work can help cultivate skills and techniques, but ultimately they do not offer creative freedom, he said.Related:Trailblazer on ivoryChinas young piano princeMy 30 Years with Lang LangPrevious Page1 2 Next PagePrevious Page1 2 Next Page8.03K CelebritiesStyleGao Yuanyuan at Paris Fashion WeekElegant Zhang XinyiAndy Laus new filmAsian faces in LFWCreations of Agnes B. at Paris fashion weekMarket strategist eyes Chinas rising taste for luxuryParis fashion week: creations by Stella McCartneyAlcohol of artPremieresYoung Detective Dee premieres in BeijingThanks for Sharing premieres in LAA Touch of Sin premieres during TIFFMy Lucky Star premieres in Singapore Editors PicksElegant Gao Yuanyuan attends in Paris Fashion Week29th Golden Rooster Awards Leftover women or an unappreciated feast?Fan Bingbing covers LOFFICIELPhotoHuang Shengyi poses for STORY magazineElegant Gao Yuanyuan attends in Paris Fashion Week Zhang Ziyi covers Ray Li Fashion & BeautyZhang Xinyi in elegant gownsMost ViewedMore Top Entertainment NewsMark Owen helped by RobbieJames Browns body missingAgatha Ruiz de la Prada:Cibeles Madrid Fashion Week Fall/Winter 2010Victorio&Lucchino:Cibeles Madrid Fashion Week Fall/Winter 2010Amaya Arzuaga:Cibeles Madrid Fashion Week Fall/Winter 2010Mary Katrantzou 2010 Autumn/Winter collection:London Fashion WeekRobert PattinsonVideoSlidePodcastPicturesThis China DreamTourism Festival opensA holiday without much funThe first place to be called the Middle Kingdom
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