Lots of Peking Opera characters like, from left, Sun Yujiao, Bao Zheng and Yang Yuhuan appear in the new animated movies. [Photo/Shanghai Daily]
The films were produced over a period of three years and cost more than 10 million yuan ($1.5 million), with funding from Chang'an Animation Co, the institute told a press conference yesterday.
It said it wants to make another 75 movies on the same subject.
Investors and producers said they will talk to education authorities about showing the films in schools as a way to educate children about Peking Opera and Chinese painting.
"Peking Opera is already part of the curriculum in primary and secondary schools," said Sun Ping, a Peking Opera artist and member of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference.
She said she will raise the subject at the next session of the People's Political Consultative Conference.
International schools will also be allowed to show the films, she said.