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City chief voices cartoon character

A CITY chief in northeast China's Liaoning Province will voice a character in a cartoon series to help promote traditional Chinese culture and morality.

Yao Zhiping, Fuxin's Party secretary, will supply the voice for leading character Beardy Grandpa in the 1,000-episode series based on the Chinese classic "San Zi Jing," or "The Three Character Classic," today's Huashang Morning Post reported.

"The Three Character Classic," believed to be written in the 13th century, served as a Chinese child's first formal education at home until the latter part of the 19th century. The text is written in triplets of characters for easy memorization.

With the short and simple text arranged in three-character verses, children learned many common characters, grammar structures, elements of Chinese history and the basis of Confucian morality.

Production of the series, which has 3 million yuan (US$439,000) in government investment, started in May, officials said.

The series tells the story of how 10-year-old twin brothers Fufu and Xinxin protect the noble book, "The Three Character Classic," with the help of Beardy Grandpa.

Chinese history and morality will be combined into the story and Fuxin's landmark urban construction projects will be featured.

At the end of each episode, Beardy Grandpa will explain one of the morals from "The Three Character Classic."

All those voicing the characters will be amateurs, city officials said. The government will hold a public election for voice-over artists.

The series producers are also for approval to build a theme park based on "The Three Character Class." Planning for the park has been completed, according to the series' director, Li Shuge.


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