As a well-known IP, Journey to the West has derives a variety of stories with different plots through many different ways of expression, portraying many characters with distinctive personalities. As the protagonist of the story, Monkey King has left a profound impact on readers and audiences of different ages.
There’s always a hero called Monkey King but everyone has a different image in his heart. When the classic IP meets animation innovation, what kind of dazzling sparks will it collide with? Directed by Yunfei Wang, XRender has participated in the post-rendering production of Monkey King Reborn, which has been officially released on April 2, 2021.
Concept Design-the Collapse of the Fairy Tree
Monkey King Reborn restores the "Ginseng Fruit Tree Incident" in Wuzhuang Taoist Temple, and adds fresh elements to give the audience a different feeling. The "fairy tree" that collapsed unexpectedly released the demon ancestor Yuandi, who was trying to lead the thousands of demons to sweep the Three Realms, but encountered resistance from Monkey King, and a fierce battle was inevitable.
While a large number of fighting scenes in the film made the audience excited, the loving interaction between the group of four also created a relaxed and interesting comedy atmosphere. The friendship of protecting each other and even sacrificed for each other between the funny Monkey King, the sniffy Bajie, the slow-reacting Sha monk, and the Tang monk who always emphasizes love and peace has touched audiences of all ages.
The design of animated characters is a long process of starting from scratch and even constantly overthrowing, which has condensed countless efforts of the production team. As the protagonist, the character design of Monkey King has changed more than 20 versions in his pre-production.
Another important role in the film, the character design of the demon ancestor Yuandi has also undergone dozens of changes. The director decided to design its overall outline based on some of the features of the ancient alien beasts in "Shan Hai Jing" and add the texture gluttonous to make the demon ancestor Yuandi looks more ferocious and more impactful visually. As for the cuteness character of the film, the image design of the Guo Zi is quite different from other characters.
In terms of the overall visual presentation of the film, the production team adheres to the creative viewpoint of "respect for tradition and strive to create a beautiful and ancient Chinese style". The scenes with oriental beauty are like a fairyland with the ink artistic conception of the temple vividly. In the meanwhile, it incorporates a large number of "Tang and Song" period buildings. Making the story of Journey to the West more real. The film is made entirely with the light and shadow visual effects and lens language of a live-action movie, making the scenes of various spell changes and the battle between gods and monsters more shocking.
The ancient Chinese style scene
The rhythm of the whole movie is very comfortable, and the details of the emotional lines are equally delicate with natural and smooth expression. If you are also looking forward to this different Monkey King, this movie will be a good choice.
The film contains 20 main characters, the number of which has refreshed the record of animated movies of the same subject. It is conceivable that the entire production team has had a huge workload in the past 6 years, which also means that it will be a difficult task to undertake such a large rendering workload.
The production team of Monkey King Reborn chose XRender as a partner, showed their trust and recognition of XRender. And as a experienced cloud rendering solution provider, XRender will never stop optimizing its own products and services, and provide safe, reliable, and cost-effective cloud rendering services for global users.