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Martial arts going animated

A new series that combines animation with martial and folk arts — the first of its kind in China — will soon be launched on popular Chinese video sites.

The series, “Let’s Learn Martial Arts,” was produced by the city’s radio station and financially supported by the Jing’an Culture and Tourism Bureau.

It tells the story of a group of children who find a martial arts school in a concrete jungle and constantly challenge themselves. It combines Chinese art such as traditional opera and shadow puppetry, a heritage-listed ancient form of storytelling dating back 2,000 years.

“We combine old storytelling forms with today’s popular animation to teach children about our tradition,” said Shen Qijie, who oversees the series.

“Shadow puppetry itself is not attractive to today’s young children, but in this animation, the puppets are designed in a new colorful style,” said renowned cartoon artist Sun Zongqing.

The first season, which consists of 20 five-minute episodes, will debut on SMG’s BestTV + in December, and will premiere on iQiyi, Youku and Tencent next year.


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