Three Monks: Antique Animation from China

by douglas reeser on July 17, 2012
Recently a friend turned us on to Obscure Animation, a channel on youtube that has a bunch of old and rare animations. It's difficult to choose a favorite, as they're all interesting in their own way. It's just cool to see such an excellent collection in one place. With a big thanks to those behind Obscure Animation, we present for you here, Three Monks, a quite famous animated short made in 1980 by the celebrated director, A Da. 

The film is based on the proverb that posits: "One monk will shoulder two buckets of water, two monks will share the load, but add a third and no one will want to fetch water."

From Obscure Animation: 
Three Monks is a Chinese animated short, released in 1980 and directed by A Da. It is one of the most famous and beloved of Shanghai Animation Film Studio's productions, and has won awards at film festivals throughout the world. A note about the columns of text that appear at the beginning: the first column reads, "one monk fetches water to drink", the second column reads, "two monks carry water to drink", and the third one merely says, "three monks". The unfinished sentence reflects the film's central question, which is whether the three main characters will learn to work together so that they can all have water to drink.
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