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Oh My God Oh My God Oh My God

You saw the title. Yep, those were the exact words of excitement when I saw this video for the first time. (By the way, I was watching a 720×480 video instead of the 320×240 YouTube version so the quality was a lot better. Unfortunately this is as good as the YouTube one gets.)

To give a little bit of background information, this is the opening theme for the new series by Pili, the biggest puppet show production company in Taiwan. The new series will start in a few weeks and this is released as a promo. I was so excited when I saw the video. Of course, those watching the above video wouldn’t get the same degree of excitement I got, because I saw it in higher video quality and I am familiar with the characters. In the higher quality video, I got to see a lot more details. For example, when there are explosions, I can see the small particles flying out, but in the Youtube version it’s just all blurry. And in terms of characters, many of these are very popular characters from different era. They brought these characters back all at the same time so it was an all-star cast! Certainly made me look forward to seeing the story unfold. And the feeling I got after seeing the characters and animations was “IT’S SO EPIC!!!”

In terms of puppeteering, it’s not that impressive, since they are mostly just posing for close-up shots. But in terms of editing and production, it’s something that we’ve never seen before with these TV series. It’s so much animation that makes you wonder if it’s a puppet show or a cool-looking computer game or animated movie, but either way, the thing looks so damn good! Compared to the opening theme of the current series, it definitely has a very different feel. While it’s impossible to crank out two episodes, each 60 minutes long, every week with such detailed animation, it’s great to see them pushing their boundary. And there was a rumor that some of the people that made the Huo Yuan Jia video that I previous blogged about have later joined Pili. I think that rumor just might be true. I see some resemblances in terms of style.

Yeah, I was originally going to post something else, but this video made me so excited that I kept watching it over and over. Must have watched it somewhere around 20 times now… I’ve got to stop finding cool videos so I can actually finish what I was going to post instead of keep on pushing it back! 😛

PS. If you’d like to see a copy of the higher quality video I saw, leave a comment or email me to let me know.

EDIT: Updated with a higher quality one. (Sept 27, 2008)


  1. September 11th, 2008 | 7:27 am

    Wow. They get much more epic stuff than we do. Do you know what the target audience is for a show like this?

    Mary Robinette Kowal’s last blog post..SF Signal: MIND MELD: SF with an Opposing Viewpoint

  2. September 11th, 2008 | 1:15 pm

    Not sure if they have a specific target audience in mind. TV puppetry like this was very popular decades ago when there were only 3 TV channels in Taiwan. Back then they reach 100% rating pretty much all the time. Of course, that’s no longer possible with so many cable channels nowaday. Now they do rentals. Back then they were VHS tapes, and then VCDs, and now DVDs. Two episodes come out every week so their income sources are: the DVD rentals, the merchandises (soundtracks, calendars, puppets, random souveniors, etc.) and commercials on their own cable channel. So with the traditional way it’s viewed and the current business model, they pretty much want to market to everyone. Of course, there are different emphasis on different segment of the market, but I don’t know the details.

    When a series have gone on for 20+ years, it just has to get more and more epic to out-do itself. The story is a constant battle between good and bad, heroes and villains. There has been kung-fu masters, ninjas, vampires, aliens, demons, countless possible apocalypses that might be the end of the world, and it just keeps going and going and going.

  3. September 11th, 2008 | 4:53 pm

    Cool! Thank you.

    Mary Robinette Kowal’s last blog post..SF Signal: MIND MELD: SF with an Opposing Viewpoint

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