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A couple with animated aspirations

2014-02-14 10:53:44

(China Today)


Fifteen months – that’s how long it took Tang Boqing and his wife Zeng Xiaolan to produce a seven-minute and 23-second-long 3D animated film. But it seems these long months of hard work have been worth it; the short film titled Entrance Exam became an instant hit among Chinese netizens after being uploaded to video websites. Featuring exquisite animation, fluid motion and many distinctive Chinese elements, Entrance Exam has been viewed on Youku, a popular Chinese online video channel, over 1.16 million times.

Creation of Entrance Exam

Entrance Exam tells the story of three mice that are participating in a trial to become students of a taichi master. The story takes place in the kitchen of a Taoist temple. Three mice, one tall, one short and one fat, are tasked with stealing eggs from a basket without being discovered by the abbot. The sage-like taichi master stands by, closely judging their efforts. After several failed attempts, the little mice finally overcome their troubles and get the eggs. The film has no dialogue, as actions, facial expressions and music tell the story. The mice’s thrilling and funny adventures have earned high praise from netizens, including the commendation that the production quality is comparable to DreamWorks’ Kung Fu Panda.

According to Zeng, the film is the first work independently produced by her and her husband. “The cartoons we made before were commissioned, rather than coming from our own ideas. Entrance Exam is our experiment. We wanted to see if we could make a good cartoon so