Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Princess Iron Fan (1941)

Directed by Wan Guchan and Wan Laiming
My rating: 2 stars out of 4
IMDb Wikipedia

A fiery mountain in a remote Chinese valley results in drought and other hardships for the local peasants. A monkey king, a pig monk and a stuttering human monk are sent by a spiritual leader to retrieve a magic palm leaf which will extinguish the fire and bring rain. The trio have an assortment of magic powers with which to complete their task, most notably the ability to morph into other animals. They travel to the castle of the princess who has the leaf, but must defeat her husband, the Demon Bull King, who protects her. The first animated feature film from China was influenced by Disney's Snow White and the Fleischer Brother's Popeye and Betty Boop cartoons, including rather strange follow-the-bouncing-ball sing-along segments. It tries to incorporate some eastern religion and politics, unfortunately becoming preachy during those times. The animation is crude, mostly traced rotoscope, but still worth a look for animation buffs.

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