Of nearly ten films made to celebrate Hanoi’s 1000th anniversary, the only 3-D cartoon that can be released in time is entitled Chuyện về người con của rồng/Story of the Dragon’s Son, scheduled for September 2010.
After three years, the 90-minute 3-D cartoon is now in the last stage of production.
This cartoon tells about the childhood of King Ly Cong Uan, who was sent to a pagoda by a golden dragon.
Historically, Ly Cong Uan is known as the King responsible for moving the VietNamese capital from Hoa Lư (a tiny area with craggy geography bounded by mountain ranges, which, while this had been suitable for a turbulent era, was not conducive to peacetime development and growth) to a broader area lying in the flat alluvial delta named Đại La, now Hà Nội. In 1010, he began the move with the issue of the Edict on the Transfer of the Capital. While traveling from the former capital to the new land, he saw a Yellow Dragon ascending; so he changed the new land’s name from Đại La to Thăng Long (meaning Dragon). He also set up Trường An Citadel in the former capital and Thiên Đức Citadel in Cổ Pháp village in which he was born.
This is the first 3-D animation of Vietnam, which was produced at a cost of over 6 billion dong ($316,000).
The movie is directed by Pham Minh Tri, who directed other familiar cartoons like The Adventures of Yellow Bee. The Vietnamese filmmakers studied 3-D technologies in China with several experts. Since this is the first 3-D cartoon produced in Vietnam, the filmmakers met with difficulties and couldn’t fulfill their ambitions to build great scenes.
According to Director Minh Tri, there is not enough money to convert the 3-D cartoon into celluloid film for cinema screenings, so the film will be released as a DVD and broadcast on television.