Author animated about new tale

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 29 November, 2006, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 29 November, 2006, 12:00am

Hong Kong-born computer animator Raman Hui Shing-ngai was back from LA for just two days to promote his third charity children's book for Kiehl's, Grandma Long Ears. The proceeds of the book, sold through the beauty brand's stores, will go to the Hong Kong Youth Arts Foundation.

'I never knew my grandparents very well,' Hui explained, 'so this story is more inspired by an older uncle. He really cared about us but I remember whenever he visited, I was like, 'oh, no fun.' But as I got older I realised how much he did for me and I didn't get a chance to really thank him.'

Hui is now co-directing Shrek Three, but he is not allowed to say too much, other than watch for it next summer. However, he acknowledges the animation field is a tad oversaturated. 'A few years ago everyone thought computer animations were sure things so that's why this summer it seemed like every three weeks there was a new animation and that's a little too much for the audience to digest.'