Research and Markets has published the Asian Animation Industry: Strategies, Trends and Opportunities 2006 (www.researchandmarkets.com/reports/c42556
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:
Animation in Asian Societies
Establishment of Local Animation Industry
Animation Studios in Asia
In-depth coverage of the animation industries of:
Paprikaas Animation Studios
Toonz Animation India
Zee Institute Of Creative Arts
Shanghai Starts Info-Creation Corp.
Beijing Hong Ye Animation Co.
Shanghai Hong Qing Ting Animation Production Co.
Animation Production Department of CCTV
Hong Ying Universe Co.
Animation Institute, Beijing Broadcasting Institute
Shanghai Yi Li Mei Animation Co. Ltd.
Morning Sun Animation Group
Ani Village Co. Ltd.
Dr. Movie Co.
Plus One Animation
Top Draw Animation
Philippine Animation Studio Inc.
Wang Film Prods.
Hong Ying Universe, CGCG Inc.
Leader Asia Pacific Creativity Center
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