Vietnam’s Artists Put together 3D Animation of King Ly Thai To’s Story
Published: 09/27/2010 by ptg
After two years of labor, the 100-minute 3D cartoon depicting the childhood of King Ly Thai To is now in its final stages of production and is set to be released on September. A collection of the country’s best artists, animators and software designers is responsible for the now almost complete project which is titled Nguoi con cua rong (The son of the dragon).
Aimed to debut for the celebration of the 1,000th anniversary of Thang Long - Ha Noi, the film, comprised of over 800 scenes, center on the tale of King Ly Thai To, who moved his capital from Hoa Lu in the northern province of Ninh Binh to Thang Long (now Ha Noi). The director, Pham Minh Tri, aimed to present the scenes in the most colorful and liveliest images possible, yet with its message carried across with the simplest language in order for kids to better appreciate the story.
It took several months for the entire team of artists and story-makers to put up the script for the film as they underwent a great deal of researching documents and books about the king and his life. Though this is not the first time that Vietnam has explored the boundless possibilities of 3D animation, Nguoi con cua rong is officially considered the very first 3D animation of Vietnam, which was produced at a cost of VND7 billion (US$366,686) in funds from the government. That raises everyone’s expectations much higher, thus, the filmmakers had to overcome all the challenges to make this project possible and of remarkable outcome.
Tri claimed that every aspect of the film’s production took place inside of Vietnam. Famous artists also contributed their voices. For Tri and the entire production team, their film will teach Vietnamese children the virtues of bravery, honor and responsibility. Apart from the history than can be learned from the story, it would also rouse national appreciation for Vietnam’s own talents.