Toon base growing in Shanghai

SHANGHAI — Shanghai Animation Film Studio expects to produce a record-setting amount of animation in 1997 — more than 1,000 minutes — and has launched several ambitious projects, including a feature.

The studio has already started production on a 56-part series on the ethnic groups of China. The first three installments have been completed and eight more will be done by the end of 1997.

The series is scheduled to be completed in 2000. In addition, the studio has started production on an animated feature that it expects to be completed in 1999.

The screenplay and character development are already finished for the feature, which tells the adventures of a boy who rescues his mother.

Shanghai Animation Film Studio was taken over by Shanghai TV in 1996.

Shanghai hopes to produce animated features that will one day compete with Disney. China produced 2,300 minutes of animation in 1996, of which 800 were created by the Shanghai studio.

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