Chinese animation 100
Published: Jul 18, 2022 06:00 PM
Iconic characters in Chinese animated film 'Havoc in Heaven'

Sun Wukong, also known as the Monkey King, is the protagonist of 1964's Havoc in Heaven, China's first feature-length animated film. The character, born from a stone, possesses magic powers such as super speed, great fighting skills and the extraordinary ability to transform himself into other creatures. He has a magic tool Jingu Bang, a golden rod weighing 7,960 kilograms, which he obtained from the Dragon King of the East Sea. The animated character was designed to be bright, loyal and fair to inspire generations of Chinese children to develop such qualities themselves as they grow up.

A well-known mythical hero, Sun Wukong has appeared in multiple Chinese animated films besides Havoc in Heaven. The animated film Monkey King: Hero Is Back (2015) is one of the most popular Chinese animated films released in recent years. 

 Yudi, or the Jade Emperor, is the king of all gods in Taoism. He rules over a heavenly court populated by all the important gods. Fu Runsheng, the pioneering Chinese voice actor who had dubbed in more than 200 foreign films and TV shows was the person who brought the authoritative character into lives. 

Li Jing, also known as the Pagoda-Bearing Heavenly King Li is a god that carries a tower that can capture any spirit, demon or god within its walls. 

King Li had a son Nezha, a guardian deity in Chinese folk religion who is extremely popular among Chinese people. 

Besides Havoc in Heaven, the character has also appeared in contemporary productions such as Nezha conquers the Dragon King (1979) and Ne Zha (2019). Earning 5 billion yuan ($741 million) at the box office, the latter is currently the highest-grossing animated film of all time in China.

Global Times