The Cowboy's Flute

The Cowboy's Flute
The Cowboy's Flute
Directed by Te Wei, Qian Jiajun
Release date(s) 1963
Running time 20 mins
Country China
Language none

The Cowboy's Flute (Chinese: 牧笛, Mu Di) is a Chinese animated short film produced by Shanghai Animation Film Studio under the master animator Te Wei. It is also referred to as "The Cowboy's Flute", "The Cowherd's Flute", "The Buffalo Boy and his Flute".



The film did not contain any dialogues allowing it to be watched by any culture. The animation is essentially Chinese painting in motion[1], with a heavy emphasis on the flute melody.


The story is about a relationship between a young cow herding boy with an extraordinary flute playing ability. He is accompanied by his faithful water buffalo, and falls asleep in a tree. Soon he was dreaming that he has lost his buffalo. The dream sequence is delightfully whimsical, beginning with falling leaves that turn into butterflies and gradually lead the cow herder to a beautiful mist-filled valley. Here the buffalo refuses to budge from his hiding spot, leaving the cow herder to find an alternate musical solution to his problem.


The DVD has been re-released under the Chinese Classic Animation Te Wei Collection set.


More than a decade later, the film would win an award at the Odense International Film Festival in 1979.


  1. ^ Toon Zone. "Toon Zone." "The Cowboys Flute." Retrieved on 2007-01-11.

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