‘A Little Horse Crosses the River’ Received Praise
【人間社記者 Lian Yi Lan Kaohsiung報導】 2017-11-07
  • 圖說:The wolves appeared and depended on the four animals as food. 人間社記者He Chuan Gang攝

  • 圖說:In the face of evil, don't be afraid. When encountering danger, be positive and do the three good deeds of body, speech, and heart: do good deeds, say good things, and have good thoughts. The effect of these virtuous deeds can protect our body and spirit. 人間社記者He Chuan Gang攝

  • 圖說:Plot is a play and dolls interlaced in performance. The process involved interaction with the audience, children coming out to play games and dance. The audience became a part of the performance. 人間社記者He Chuan Gang攝

  • 圖說:Dolls dressed up as a pony, goat, puppy and cat. Inviting children to come on stage to happily sing and dance hand-in-hand. 人間社記者He Chuan Gang攝

What is the difference between the traditional “A Little Horse Crosses the River” story and the modern children’s cartoon version? As the international book fair is entering its fifth year, it is premiering the first ever “ A Little Horse Crosses the River”- a high production original cartoon at the Henan Art Center. The plot involves “Pony”, the main character, making three trips across a river. Pony is joined by her good friends, Tabby Cat, Puppy and Goat, as well as the wicked wolves. This story teaches children and friends to work hard together and to adapt and overcome adversity.

“The Little Horse Crosses the River” premiered on Nov 4th at the Buddha’s Museum Great Enlightenment Auditorium and received many favorable comments and reviews. For the Nov 5th viewing, there was an increasing number of people. The play was full of animations - the dolls had many performances and interacted with the audience as well. Children were also invited to go on stage to play games and dance. This extended from the stage to the audience and auditorium to increase its presence.

The story of the three river crossings involved three lessons. The first crossing taught us that we need to think critically, for if we don’t how do we know the depth of the river? The second crossing teaches us how to undergo difficulties. If one is not afraid of challenges, as the pony who does not retreat, they will be able to weather any storm. The third crossing emphasizes that in the face of danger we need not be alarmed. Instead, we can be positive and do the three good deeds of body, speech, and heart: do good deeds, say good words, and have good thoughts. These good intentions can helps us protect our body and mind.

The first time the little horse crossed the river the squirrel said, “the river is too deep and the river is too dangerous”, but the uncle cow said, “the river is quite shallow”. This created a dilemma for the pony, as he was afraid of crossing the river. However, he heard a message from his mother saying “when you encounter any difficulty, do not back down”. Courageously the pony swam across the river and successfully reached the other side.

In the second part, the modern version had people dress up as the little horse, puppy and tabby cat they invited children to come on stage to play games, sing and dance. When there came a sudden thunderstorm, the pony had to cross the river to return home but fell in during his attempt.

At this point, on the left and right of the stage were a group of wicked wolves that wanted to eat the pony and the four animals. In their time of crisis, the pony and the friends worked together to escape the wolf cave and return home safely.

“Little Horse Crosses the River” was a wonder performance that attracted both adults and children. Audience member Yao Zongting thought that the content of the story was family friendly and that it taught children and friends to cooperate and solve problems. Another audience member, Guo Xianwei, said, “the story is rich in lessons. I took advantage of the holiday to bring the children” The actor interaction and audio-visual performances allowed the children be more focused and engaged. This performance at the book fair benefited the people of south and central parts of Taiwan.

Child audience members Guo Rui Ming- and Guo Minning said they can learn from the little pony how to be brave, how to find ways to overcome difficulties, and how to do more good things so they won't be afraid. Child audience member Li Wanru said that when the pony was able to escape danger they learned that difficulties can be solved head-on.

(Translated by Fabian Yu)