'Teenage Mao Zedong' 3D Animation Premiers in Changsha

April 28, 2015
Editor: Kiki Liu

Poster of the animated film about Chairman Mao as a teenager. China's first 3D animated film about Chairman Mao as a teenager holds its launching ceremony in Changsha, capital of south China's Hunan Province on April 26. [sina.com.cn]

China's first 3D animated movie about Chairman Mao as a teenager held its launch ceremony in Changsha, capital of central China's Hunan Province on April 26.

The prefecture-level city was chosen for its connection to Mao (1893-1976), as the place where he began his political career and worked as a teacher.

With the aim of celebrating and honoring the nation's former leader, the animated feature film details Mao's younger years, and took as long as five years to complete.

Titled, "Teenage Mao Zedong", the movie will explore young Mao's and his friends' desires for freedom and their eagerness to see the outside world while seeking truth and happiness.

According to the development team and its organizers, the movie was selected to be shown at the former-hometown of Chairman Mao, and presents a flavor of southern Chinese style.

"As the first great leader-themed animated movie in the country, approval for the film came as a surprise. It was a great challenge to animate Chairman Mao whilst bringing the cartoon characters to life," said director Lei Junlin.

"It will be interesting for modern audiences to be told the tale of Mao's youth. Moreover, Chinese parents may draw some inspiration from the movie while showing respect for their children's thinking," said the film's screenwriter Feng Yisu.

The 3D version of the movie is expected to be screened on April 30, 2015.

Poster of the animated film about Chairman Mao as a teenager. China's first 3D animated film about Chairman Mao as a teenager holds its launching ceremony in Changsha, capital of south China's Hunan Province on April 26. [sina.com.cn]

(Source: ent.sina.com.cn/Translated and edited by Women of China)

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