HISTORY IN THE MAKING: The Việt Nam Cartoon Company produced 16 films on Vietnamese history and culture in 2021. Some have been released on YouTube, attracting hundreds of thousands of views. Photo courtesy of the producer
HCM CITY — Two animated films on Vietnamese history produced by the Việt Nam Cartoon Company will be released on YouTube to celebrate Tết (Lunar New Year) Festival, which begins on February 1.
Bạch Đằng Nổi Sóng (The Battle on Bach Đằng River), a 3D production, features the Bạch Đằng Battle of 938, a fight between Vietnamese troops led by Ngô Quyền, and Chinese invaders under the Han Dynasty.
The victory of Bạch Đằng ended 1,000-years of Chinese domination, opening a period of independence and sovereignty for Việt Nam.
The 30-minute film depicts Ngô Quyền showing his troops how to plant iron-headed wooden stakes, invisible during high tide, into the river-bed.
After Quyền launched a counter-attack at low tide, the enemy's large boats ran aground as they were pierced by the hidden stakes.
The cutout animation Nữ Tướng Mê Linh (The Heroines) portrays the national heroines Hai Bà Trưng (Two Trưng Sisters) in AD 40.
The film tells the life of Trưng Trắc and Trưng Nhị, two sisters who led the first uprising against Han Chinese occupation around 2,000 years ago.
They led their troops on elephants to repel Chinese invasions. Their victory brought liberation for Đại Việt (or Great Việt, an old name for Việt Nam) after 247 years of foreign domination.
EPIC ANIMATION: A poster for Nữ Tướng Mê Linh (The Heroines), which portrays the national heroines Hai Bà Trưng (Two Trưng Sisters) in AD 40. It tells the life of Trưng Trắc and Trưng Nhị, the sisters who led the first uprising against Han Chinese occupation around 2,000 years ago. Photo courtesy of the producer
“Through animated films from our YouTube channel, we hope young audiences can improve their knowledge about Vietnamese history,” said Trần Thị Thu Hiền, director of Việt Nam Cartoon Company.
“I think animated films shown on social media will help lure youngsters back to Vietnamese movies.”
Hiền’s company produced 16 films on Vietnamese history and culture in 2021. Some productions have been released on YouTube, attracting hundreds of thousands of views.
“We love making animated films on Vietnamese history. We have received severals hundred comments and letters from Vietnamese fans at home and abroad who shared their support for our business,” said film director Đạt Phi, founder of Đạt Phi Media, which produces and releases animations on YouTube.
His company’s YouTube channel Hùng Ca Sử Việt (The Heroic Tunes of Vietnamese History), opened in 2016, has more than 100,000 subcribers.
Phi’s latest 2D film Rạch Đôi Sơn Hà (A Country of Two Halves) features the Lê-Mạc war, a civil war between the Lê and Mạc dynasties from 1527 to 1592. The film was released in September and attracted more than 92,000 views. VNS