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Animation film about rare frogs aired in story-inspired town

2012/04/19 22:11:27

Taipei, April 19 (CNA) A locally produced 3D animation film was shown Thursday in a village in Nantou, central Taiwan, where the story was inspired after the devastating Sept. 21 earthquake in 1999.

The animation film is the result of a project to promote environmental awareness among children, and its plot was inspired by the transformation of the mountain village from a quake-stricken area to a thriving town, according to the production company.

During the process of restoring Taomi Village in Puli Township after the 7.3-magnitude earthquake, villagers discovered an abundant number of natural wonders, including 23 of the 29 frog species native to Taiwan. One of which was a rare species of Taiwan rice frog.

Later the residents rebuilt their community to value the environment and promote eco-friendly tourism with the help of the New Homeland Foundation, a local non-profit organization.

The educational film, produced in cooperation with the National Museum of Natural Science in Taichung and the Industrial Development Bureau, can teach children about Taiwan's frogs and about how to help protect the environment, the production company said.

(By Lin Heng-li and Kendra Lin)