What is Havoc in Heaven?

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“Havoc in Heaven” (Chinese: 大闹天宫; pinyan: Dànào Tiāngōng) is a Chinese animated film directed by Wan Laiming and produced by the Wan brothers. It was released in 1961 and is based on the Chinese classic novel “Journey to the West.” The film tells the story of the monkey king, Sun Wukong, who causes havoc in heaven when he steals a magical peach from the gods and becomes immortal. The film is known for its use of traditional Chinese animation techniques and its colorful and imaginative visuals.

The film was a huge commercial and critical success upon its release and is considered a classic of Chinese animation. It was a groundbreaking work that established the Wan brothers as the leading animation studio in China. However, it was banned during the cultural revolution because the story was considered too religious and too fantastical.

The film was later restored and re-released in the 1980s, and it continues to be celebrated for its contributions to Chinese animation and its enduring cultural significance.

It also had a significant influence on Chinese Animation Industry, many animators and directors cite the film as an inspiration for their work.

Award for the movie

The movie won numerous awards

Also, on 18 January 2012, Google Doodle celebrated the movie Havoc in Heaven.