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People’s Republic of China

01 June 2020

Animation — Hulu Brothers

People’s Republic of China: Animation – Hulu Brothers, 1 June 2020. Images from China Post.

Release notice

China Post is scheduled to issue a set of 6 special stamps of “Animation-Hulu Brothers” on June 1, 2020. Details are as follows:

  Symbol: 2020-12

(6-1) T seven-color gourd 80 points
(6-2) T Dream Cave Labyrinth 80 points
(6-3) T is desperately born 1.20 yuan
(6-4) T Shui Huo Qi Gong 1.20 yuan
(6-5) T cleverly won 1.20 yuan
(6-6) T Qizi Lianxin 1.20 yuan

Stamp specifications: 50 × 30 mm
Perforation degree: 13 degrees
Entire number: 12 pieces (6 pieces / sheet for each of the first and second pictures; 6 pieces / sheet for each of the third and fourth pictures; 6 pieces / sheet for each of the fifth and sixth pictures)
Full size: 180 × 230 mm
Edition: Photograph
Anti-counterfeiting method: anti-counterfeiting paper anti-counterfeiting ink special-shaped perforated fluorescent inkjet
Designer: Song Jian
Information provided by: Shanghai Fine Arts Film Studio Co., Ltd.
Editor in charge: Yang Zhiying
Printing Factory: Beijing Stamp Factory
Number of planned releases: 7.5 million sets

Sales method: from the date of issuance, it will be sold in designated post offices, philately network halls (, China Post mobile client and China Post Micro Post Office Philatelic WeChat Mall, the sale period is 6 months .

China Post Group Co., Ltd.
May 11, 2020

Background information

China Post is scheduled to issue a set of 6 special stamps of “Animation-Hulu Brothers” on June 1, 2020. The names of the stamp designs are as follows: seven-color gourd, dream cave maze, desperate road life, amazing fire and water, skillful success, Qizilianxin, and the full face value of the stamp is 6.40 yuan. 7.5 million sets are planned to be issued.

“Hulu Brothers” is a 13-cut series of paper-cut cartoons originally produced by Shanghai Fine Arts Film Studio in 1986. It is one of the representative works of the second boom period of Chinese animation. It has become a Chinese animation classic so far. Since then, it has been loved by a large audience, especially children.

The design of the set of stamps, the “seven-color gourd” picture mainly tells that after the kind grandpa planted the gourd seeds, he quickly produced seven gourds with different colors. The grandpa was happy to hold one in his left hand and one in his right hand. And kindly talk to the little gourds. The picture of “Dream of Dreams” mainly tells that Erwa, who has clairvoyance and downwind ears, goes to Yaodong to rescue his elder brother and grandpa. The snake essence uses poison to lure Erwa into the maze of wonderland, and Erwa finally falls into the trap of snake essence. The picture of “Full Life” mainly tells the story of Sanwa’s battle with group monsters, playing monsters and falling into the water, slinging the head and the mouse, the picture shows the situation where Sanwa cut off the scorpion’s sword with divine power, and the scorpion was shocked. The picture of “Water and Fire” is mainly about the water baby and fire baby in order to extinguish the mountain fire and save the souls. The picture of “Qiao Ru Ru Yi” mainly tells that Liuwa, who has the stealth divine power, has stolen the snake demon’s baby “Ruyi” bravely and rescued several elder brothers. The picture of “Seven Sons with Hearts” mainly tells that all seven gourd babies have been imprisoned in the alchemy furnace and prepared to be “Seven Star Pills.” “Lotus”, making the seven gourd dolls into one heart, and eventually wipe out all the goblins. The first layout of the stamp adopts the gourd shape composed of seven-color lines as the border of the picture. The elements are very distinctive, and it is also in harmony with the theme of the stamp.

The set of stamps was designed by Song Jian and printed by the Beijing Stamp Factory using a photocopy version. Under the irradiation of ultraviolet light, each stamp presents a stunning picture effect. The gourd shaped perforations on both sides of the stamp add to the fun of playing. (Postal Business Department of China Post Group Co., Ltd.)


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