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11:32 May 26 2009

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Cartoon cherishing Tibetan culture to be released 2010
11:31, May 26, 2009  

China's first cartoon cherishing the Tibetan tradition is to be released in June next year, according to Tibet Business.

The cartoon, based on a classical Tibetan novel "Story of Monkeys and Birds," will be available in Tibetan, Han and English.

In the novel, some monkeys invade the territory of birds. The two sides almost got into a fight after quarrelling and unsuccessful negotiation. They then invite rabbits and roosters to mediate in the dispute and in the end, the two sides bury the hatchet and live in peace.

The story expounds the two major themes of nowadays -- war and peace. It also indicates people's wish for peace.

Gazang Caida, the creator and also a professor in economy, understands that the harmonious relationship between the Han and Tibetan people can play an important role in developing regional economy. That is why he had the idea of making a cartoon featuring the themes of peace, harmony and cooperation.

Meanwhile, Gazang Caida, who has a profound perfection for traditional Tibetan culture and intensive knowledge in economy management, realized that cartoons will be a breakthrough point for developing Tibet's ethnic culture industry.

"The output value of the world's cartoon industry amounts to 20 million to 50 million U.S. dollars and the industry has become a very promising industry in the 21st century."

However, "Tibet is weak in cartoon and movie industry," said Gazang Caida, who did research projects on Tibet's culture industry.

Gazang Caida believed that rich Tibetan folk arts will provide materials for making good cartoons.

He rewrote the novel and divided it into 26 cartoon episodes, with each lasting eleven minutes.

Among the 26 episodes, six are based on content that is newly added, focusing on environmental protection, maintaining ecological balance and promoting harmony between the human being and the nature.

According to Gazang Caidan, the cartoon will boast the renowned mountains, rivers and lakes in Tibet. More than 40 spices of rare animals in the Yarlung Zangbo Valley will also be featured in the cartoon.

Along with traditional Tibetan music that is enlisted as Tibet's intangible heritage, the cartoon adopts a relaxing, lively and happy tone.


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