Original Animation from Taiwan


2019 / January

Cathy Teng /photos courtesy of Chuang Kung-ju /tr. by Scott Williams

In 1998, Taiwan’s animation community released a fierce-looking but warmhearted magical grannie into the world in the form of Grandma and Her Ghosts, a feature film that would leave an indelible mark on the development of original animation in Taiwan. Now, 20 years later, original works such as Barkley and On Happiness Road are taking audiences on imaginary visits to Taiwan. Our industry’s journey from third-party animator to producer of original work, an industry-wide ambition, has not been easy, but highlights how the indus­try’s creative capabilities have begun to come together.

For this article, we invited director Wang Shaudi and comics artist Richard Metson to chat about the challenges of bringing Grandma and Her Ghosts to fruition, and spoke to Engine Studios CEO Vick Wang about how he learned the tricks of the animation export trade.

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