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Produced by the Wan brothers in the midst of war, Princess Iron Fan is the first feature length animation made in China. We follow the Monkey King and his friends on their journey to the west. As they reach Fire Mountain they are unable to pass because of the fire but learn that a special iron fan can quench the flames. However, the fan belongs to Princess Iron Fan and she will not willingly lend it to them... There are three travelers; a monkey, a pig face being much like a pig, and a human male. They are very serious about traveling to the west. They stumble onto the fiery mountain, where the fires can only be quelled if they obtain the iron fan from the local princess. She is beautiful, of course, and does not wish to part with it. As the first full-length Chinese cartoon, it owed some of its success to its anti-Japanese tone, understandable because the two countries were actively at war with each other. You can also view this video below in our special Virtual
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Free Fireside Theater stories are usually tiny tales usually less than ten minutes long and told by Your Virtual World's animated story tellers. Princess Iron Fan is a feature length animation produced in China at the height of World War II. This movie may not have the best production values, but given the time and circumstances under which it was made it is very impressive. Large parts have been done with rotoscoping (painting over live video footage). This was probably a money saver, and it gives the movie a bit of a weird touch. The Wan family twins Wan Laiming and Wan Guchan with their brothers Wan Chaochen and Wan Dihuan were the first animators in China. After the release of their first "real" cartoon, Uproar in the Studio (1926), they continued to dominate China's animation industry for the next several decades. In the late 1930s, with Shanghai under Japanese occupation, they began work on China's first feature-length animated film. In 1939 the Wan brothers saw Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs and set the standard in attempting to create a film of equal quality for the nation's honor. These videos celebrate the ancient worldwide tradition of oral storytelling performed at a time when no batteries were required. They are published and freely available for viewing without cost to the worldwide audience of story listeners. Unlike the Campfire Tale Series of stories, they cannot be personalized or serve as reading exercises for early readers. They are presented back to the world that birthed them in order to share in and preserve the long cultural history enshrined in stories that mankind has collectively created and nourished over many generations on earth.