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Beijing hosts Key Animation Expo.

CCTV.com

07-23-2018 17:38 BJT

By Qian Ding, CCTV.com reporter

The National Library of China is hosting "Key Animation Expo." which features more than 400 original cartoon drawings and rare celluloid medium artworks including classic Disney animation films such as Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Micky Mouse and Donald Duck, as well as popular Japanese anime like Detective Conan. Most works are exhibited for the first time in China. The event will last until October 14.

Key Animation Expo. (Photo/ Qian Ding)

Key Animation Expo. (Photo/ Alex Vision)

Key animation artists capture and define the characters' motions without completing details of the character. According to Cheng Xu, curator of the exhibition, a number of Mr. Walt Disney's hand-signed works are on display. 84 drawings are from the private collection of Mr. Archie Robin, the artist of Disney studios in the 1930s. They are provided by his daughter Marianne Robin.

  

Key animation of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs on display. (Photo/ Qian Ding)

Artworks provided by Archie Robin. (Photo/ Qian Ding)

Celluloid was mainly used in the movie industry decades ago. Since it's highly flammable, complicated and expensive to produce and no longer widely-used, it's very rare to find artworks made with celluloid. One piece of celluloid can only be used 3 times at most. The production of an animated film uses about 150,000 pieces of celluloid. Most of Disney's celluloid medium artworks have been destroyed, the rest are so precious.

  

Model of a celluloid medium artwork at exhibition hall.  (Photo/ Alex Vision)

Besides appreciating masters' works, visitors can engage themselves in art activities such as drawing with chalk and pencils.

  

Visitor drawing Donald Duck on blackboard. (Photo/ Qian Ding)

Visitors experiencing animation making process. (Photo/ Alex Vision)

  

A corner of art experiencing hall. (Photo/ Qian Ding)

Visitor concentrating on drawing. (Photo/ Alex Wang)

The exhibition will be on display until October 14. The opening time of the National Library of China is from 9:00 to 17:00, and it closes on all Mondays.

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