Ali (character)

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Ali the Fox[1] (Chinese: 阿狸; pinyin: Ā-lí) is a cartoon character created by Xu Han (Chinese: 徐 瀚; pinyin: Xú Hàn, known as "Hans"), who graduated from the School of Fine Arts of Tsinghua University and received a master’s degree. Ali is a red fox in white pants.[1][2] The company controlling the character is Beijing Dream Castle Culture Co., Ltd (S: 北京梦之城文化有限公司, T: 北京夢之城文化有限公司, P: Běijīng Mèng zhī Chéng Wénhuà Yǒuxiàngōngsī).

Ali began as an internet emoticon. He began appearing on Chinese internet sites in 2006. They included QQ, Renren, Sina Weibo, and WeChat. Ali has an animated TV series and a picture book series.[1]

There is a film, Ali.Dream Island (S: 阿狸.梦之島, T: 阿狸.夢之島, P: Ā-lí Mèng zhī Dǎo).

Picture books[edit]

When making the picture book series, he originally wanted to adapt European fairy tales but instead decided to write the stories himself. By 2013 the Ali picture books have sold over two million copies. A promotional event for the third Ali picture book occurred in October 2013. In some cities, including Shanghai, Zhengzhou, and other cities, 2,000 signed books became sold out in fewer than three hours.[1]

Hans[edit]

Hans, the creator of Ali, graduated from the School of Fine Arts of Tsinghua University and received a master’s degree in 2007.He is now a college teacher. He began to create Ali when he was a graduate student. In the year of 2010, he was nominated the award of Beijing Youth Star of Start-ups. Things he loves to do are watching movies and comic books and one of his dreams is to build a dream kingdom for Ali. Hans completed on his own all the work of Ali, including the design of Ali’s expressions and websites. The book Ali's Dream Castle (S: 阿狸·梦之城堡, T: 阿狸·夢之城堡, P: Ālí Mèngzhī Chéngbǎo) is considered one of the five-star books of Dangdang in 2010. And his second book Ali's Eternal Stop (S: 阿狸·永远站, T: 阿狸·永遠站, Ālí Yǒngyuǎn Zhàn) was launched in 2010 during Christmas. The sells were over 2000 copies, breaking the selling record of Chinese comic books. The third book Ali•tail is under creation.[3]

As of 2013 he is a teacher at Minzu University of China and he is the chairperson of Beijing Dream Castle Culture Co., Ltd.[1]

Characters[edit]

The five main characters from top to bottom, left to right: Mika, Yingzi, Peach, Ali, and Daxiong
  • Ali (C: 阿狸, P: Ālí) - A male red fox
    • He was born on 16 March. He is an innocent, clinging, staid, sometimes absent-minded but cute red fox. He is sometimes impractical but always believes in fairy tales. He believes in the warmth from the bottom of one’s heart, he considers forever not too far away…Ali’s favorite food is Chicken Rolls and his favorite fruit is grapefruit. He loves Peach "Atao" and his father Hans. His best friends are Daxiong, Yingzi and Mika.[3] The basic tone of the story of Ali is tenderness. Ali wears white trousers/underpants. Hans, the creator, said that small pants/underpants are also clothing.[4]
  • Peach[5][6] (C: 桃子, P: Táozi) - A female pink fox who is Ali's girlfriend
  • Yingzi (C: 影子, P: Yǐngzi) - A blue lifeform
  • Daxiong (C: 大熊, P: Dàxióng) - A male brown bear
  • Mika (C: 米卡, P: Mǐkǎ) - A white rabbit

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e Xiong, Yuqing. "Clever like a fox." Global Times. November 18, 2013. Retrieved on February 23, 2014.
  2. ^ http://t.qq.com/hansali
  3. ^ a b http://www.a-li.com.cn/list.php?fid=37
  4. ^ "“内裤控”看过来 为你揭晓阿狸穿小裤裤之谜." PCLady.com. Retrieved on May 26, 2012.
  5. ^ Xiong, Yuqing. "Ali the Fox picture book series bring fairy tales to Beijing streets." Global Times. January 20, 2014. Retrieved on April 10, 2014.
  6. ^ "阿狸动画】信燕预告片." Ali the Fox 163 Blog official website. Retrieved on April 10, 2014. Direct link to cited picture stating "Ali & Peach"

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