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08:59, May 30, 2013

For many people, cartoons embody their childhood memories. Characters like the Monkey King and the Black Cat Sherrif accompanied many of us through our formative years. (CNTV)

Qian Jianping, director of Shanghai Animation Film Studio, said, "When making "The Monkey King", we went to the Forbidden City to design the Heavenly Palace for the film. So you can see architectural styles like the carved pillars in the film.

For me, to make a really great animation, you need to find inspiration in life. There are also traces of Chinese culture and customs in the film, like facial paintings in Peking opera, New Year’s paintings and Door God decorations."

Back in the 1970s making an animation required skilled and meticulous handiwork.

The artists would first sketch the figures and then draw the background separately on white paper. These images were then copied to tracing paper and colored in. By overlapping the sheets of tracing paper, a complete image was created.

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