THE LEGEND OF

HAI MOC NHI

Animated Short Film Collaboration - Hand-drawn Animation (2020)

THE STORY

What if a 12-year-old girl’s superhero artwork is turned into an animated film by a professional studio?

In 2019, UNICEF Vietnam hosted a contest named “Save the Planet”, in which children from 10 to 15 years old would create their own superheroes to prevent climate change. This was an opportunity to promote children’s creativity as well as helping them understand about climate change, natural disasters, and negative impacts they might suffer from them.

 

After two months with over 16000 submissions, the contest’s prizes were awarded to the outstanding contestants. Nguyen Ngoc Gia Han (12 years old) won the 3rd place with super hero Hai Moc Nhi – a descendant of the Dragon and the Immortal (“Con Rồng cháu Tiên”).

 

In 2020, UNICEF Vietnam collaborated with DeeDee Animation Studio to produce an animated film based on Hai Moc Nhi. DeeDee did not hesitate when asked to partner up, because this meaningful project conveyed the importance of the environment to children, and was created by children themselves.

 

“Children are especially affected by environmental pollution. Together, we will have the power to change and ensure our future generations can grow up strong and healthy.”

PRODUCTION PROCESS

Hai Moc Nhi is a fresh experience for DeeDee Studio in animation techniques. The animation’s rhythm and level of details are influenced by Japanese anime, while the coloring is influenced mostly by Western cartoons. This experiment brought forth some difficulties in the technical processing stage to the production team, which made production time longer than usual.

 

The character remains basically the same as Gia Han’s original script. DeeDee Studio only applied some artistic principles to help her ideas get conveyed more clearly to the audience.

Some photos from the meeting among Gia Han, UNICEF Vietnam and DeeDee (source: UNICEF Vietnam)

In contrast, the storyline was adjusted to better suit the request from UNICEF Vietnam. As a result, the film was shortened to just over 4 minutes, focusing mainly on the segment of Hai Moc Nhi fighting against the Dark Lord. 

 

The colors were also a significant highlight in Hai Moc Nhi. The film depicts a dark, polluted, and murky Earth. But the color palette used still includes strong and high-contrast colors to appeal more to the younger audience.

Gia Han’s original Hai Moc Nhi design VS DeeDee’s version

Gia Han’s original Dark Lord design VS DeeDee’s version

Several scenes from the film

Superhero Hai Moc Nhi

CREDITS

PRODUCER

Le Quynh Nhu

DIRECTOR

Dang Hai Quang

SCREENPLAY BY

Nguyen Ngoc Gia Han

ORIGINAL CHARACTER BY

Nguyen Ngoc Gia Han

CHARACTER RE-DESIGNED BY

Ha Huy Hoang

VOICED BY

Nguyen Hoang Phuong Linh

SOUND AND MUSIC

KATANA RECORDS

ART DIRECTOR

Nguyen Thu Giang

Nguyen Dang Binh

Le Quynh Nhu

STORYBOARD ARTIST

Doan Anh Kiet

ANIMATION DIRECTOR

Doan Anh Kiet

ANIMATION SUPERVISOR

Ha Huy Hoang

ANIMATORS

Doan Anh Kiet

Hoang Anh Viet

Nguyen Dinh Thanh

Nguyen Trung Long

Nguyen The Trung

Cao Ha Trang

Hoang Hong Ngoc

Do Thanh Trung

Vu Ngoc Quynh

DESIGNER

Nguyen Thu Giang

PR EXECUTIVE

Pham Ha Trang

COMPOSITOR

Hoang Anh Viet

Do Thanh Trung

EDITOR

Hoang Anh Viet

HEAD OF LAYOUTS & BACKGROUNDS

Nguyen Dang Binh

Nguyen Thu Giang

LAYOUT DESIGNS &

BACKGROUND PAINTINGS

Nguyen Dang Binh

Nguyen Thu Giang

Nguyen Minh Chi

Nguyen Duc Duy

Nguyen Bang Viet

Dang Thanh Trung

LINE PRODUCER

Nguyen Huong Giang

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