Research and Markets has published the Asian Animation Industry: Strategies, Trends and Opportunities 2006 (www.researchandmarkets.com/reports/c42556) report.
Animation history in Asia started in the 1940s and was heavily influenced by the needs of western studios. Exposure to foreign production, training abroad and foreign assistance were important factors behind the emergence of an animation tradition in countries such as China, Japan, Korea and India, according to the publisher. However, Asian artists only adopted those elements that fit their own culture; a strategy that was probably more pronounced in China, especially after 1949, and Japan, than elsewhere.
It identifies Japan, South Korea, the Philippines and Taiwan as the mature animation production countries in Asia. Being that animation production can be a lucrative and labor-intensive (70-80% of costs go to labor) business, other Asian countries, such as India, China, Vietnam, Malaysia and Singapore, have recently started their own industries.
The early animation in Asia was predominantly influenced by Walt Disney, according to the report. China s THE SMILING MONKEY was termed a copy of Mickey Mouse, and Indias THE PEA BROTHERS (1934), one of India s first theatrically released animated films, was said to be similar to Disney animation. Pioneer animators, such as Payut Ngaokrachang of Thailand (influenced by American cartoonist Max Fleischer), Tezuka of Japan, James Wang of Taiwan and Shin Dong Hun of Korea were known as the Walt Disney of these countries.
Brief summary of contents:IntroductionAnimation in Asian SocietiesEstablishment of Local Animation IndustryAnimation Studios in Asia
In-depth coverage of the animation industries of:IndiaChinaSouth KoreaTaiwanVietnamJapanThailandSingapore
Companies mentioned:Acropetal Animedia Ltd.Color Chips Compudyne Winfosystems Ltd.Crest CommunicationsDQ Ent.Digikore DesignsEscotoonzHeart AnimationJadoo Works Maya Ent.MediaworksPaprikaas Animation StudiosPentamediaToonz Animation India UTV ToonsWondertoons Zee Institute Of Creative ArtsShanghai Starts Info-Creation Corp.Beijing Hong Ye Animation Co.Shanghai Hong Qing Ting Animation Production Co.Animation Production Department of CCTVHong Ying Universe Co.Animation Institute, Beijing Broadcasting InstituteShanghai Yi Li Mei Animation Co. Ltd.Morning Sun Animation GroupAni Village Co. Ltd. Character Plan Doolynara Dr. Movie Co.Dongwoo AnimationHahnshin Corp.Hanho Heung-UpImage PlusPlus One Animation Saerom AnimationSeol MovieSunwoo Ent.Top Draw AnimationPhilippine Animation Studio Inc.Wang Film Prods.Hong Ying Universe, CGCG Inc.Leader Asia Pacific Creativity Center
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