TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Renowned Taiwanese puppeteer master Vincent Huang (黃文擇) died Sunday, June 12 at the age of 65.
Huang’s uncle and former lawmaker Huang Feng-shih (黃逢時) confirmed to CNA that evening that the artist had died from an illness, but said the detailed cause of death was not yet known. clear. Huang had recently been listed as a candidate for the Outstanding Artistic Contribution award at the 2022 Taipei Film Festival, with the winner to be announced on July 9.
Huang was born on July 1, 1956 in Huwei Township, Yunlin County, and was the third generation of the Huang Hai-tai (黃海岱) puppet show family. Huang and his older brother Chris Huang (黃強華) founded Pili International Multimedia which produces the glove puppet television show “Pili”, which debuted in 1984, as well as numerous films.
In a career that spanned over 30 years, Huang voiced over 3,000 characters and was called the “Eight Pitch Genius” with the ability to voice 30-40 characters in one piece. In an interview in November, he said he spent 10 months doing voice work for the movie “Su Huan-Jen” (素還真), including a period of three days and three nights without sleep.
Huang has made many contributions to the preservation and development of puppetry in Taiwan. He pointed out that puppetry is an integral part of Taiwanese culture and one of Yunlin County’s most important traditional arts.
During her career, Huang introduced modern technologies such as video production and computer animation into this traditional art and opened up new horizons for this craft and culture. The glove puppet TV show “Pili” (霹靂) set a record of over 3.5 million viewers and aired on Disney Channel and Netflix, helping Taiwanese puppets expand to the outside world.
(Facebook, photo by Su Huan-Jen)