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Support Child Animator Perry Chen’s New Film “Changyou’s Journey” to Honor his Dad Dr. Changyou Chen (1963-2012)

Published on: 18th April, 2017


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Official website for animation short “Changyou’s Journey”:

Perry Chen showing Changyou trailer of “Changyou’s Journey,” July 14, 2012 (photo by Brian Bostrom, )

12-year-old animator and film critic Perry Chen (陈彬睿)  lost his beloved father, Dr. Changyou Chen (陈昌友), a biotech CEO and cancer drug researcher, to metastatic skin cancer on July 19, 2012 in San Diego.  Changyou's long, brave battle since his 2006 cancer diagnosis has been an inspiration to all who knew him.  He was only 49 when he passed away. Changyou's memorial service was held at his home on Sunday July 29, 2012 in San Diego, attended by about 60 friends and colleagues of the family.

Perry Chen speaking at Changyou Chen’s memorial service, July 29, 2012, San Diego (by Brian Bostrom)

“Changyou’s Journey” trailer shown at Comic-Con panel discussion, July 15, 2012 (photo by Brian Bostrom)

During the last two weeks of Changyou's life, Perry decided to make an animated film "Changyou's Journey," about his dad's life, to give him hope to live, and something to look forward to each day.  Perry showed new scenes each day as he finished them to Changyou, who was profoundly moved and delighted beyond words.  Perry used ideas from a dozen of so of his pencil drawings of Changyou as a young peasant boy in China, based on stories his dad told him in the past few months, to make his animation. Perry and his mom Dr. Zhu Shen (沈竹, Producer of "Changyou's Journey") presented the first 8 scenes of this film at their Comic-Con Panel on July 15, 2012 to an enthusiastic audience, moved by the story of how the film came to be.  The film started when Changyou was a young boy growing up in a hilly countryside in China.

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Perry and Zhu took an extended trip to China in August 2012, to bring Changyou's ashes to his family in Ningguo, Anhui, for burial, and to attend his memorial service in Hefei, Anhui, where he served as the founding CEO and CSO of a biotech company developing antibody therapeutics for treating cancer.

Perry Chen holding Changyou’s photo at the burial, Ningguo, Anhui, China, Aug 12, 2012  (photo by Zhu Shen)


Perry & Zhu with all attendees of Changyou’s Memorial Service at Hefei Lifeon Pharmaceuticals, Aug 11, 2012


Perry Chen sharing fond memories of dad Changyou with grandma in dad’s childhood home in Ningguo, Anhui Provice, China (photo by Zhu Shen)

While in China, Perry and Zhu were interviewed by CCTV (China Central Television), the only national network TV in China, to be featured on an upcoming show, “Chinese World” on CCTV channel 4, (《华人世界》, 中央台中文国际频道CCTV-4, 周一到周五每天1300-1320播出, Monday-Friday 1-1:20 pm), which tells life stories of outstanding overseas Chinese personalities. The TV show will be broadcast to viewers around the world.  Perry and Zhu discussed their journey of making animation films, including “Changyou’s Journey” and “Ingrid Pitt: Beyond the Forest,” their first collaboration (Perry as animator, Zhu as producer) that has won multiple film festival awards.  They also shared highlights of Perry’s career as a film critic, filmmaker, artist, and storyteller, as well as food for thought on parenting from Zhu.  The shows featuring Perry and Zhu were broadcasted on two episodes on November 13 and 14 at Beijing time 13:00 (1pm), and are available online. Please watch and let us know how you like it!

Program: China Central Television (CCTV4) “Chinese World” 中央电视台国际频道的<华人世界>节目 Showtime: November 6 and 7, 2012, 13:00 – 13:20 (1-1:20 pm) Beijing Time, 2012年11月13日,14日, 13:00 – 13:20北京时间 (两期节目)

Perry’s CCTV Feature 1: Chinese American Child Animator:

Perry’s CCTV Feature 2: Chinese American Child Film Critic:

Technology Sponsors: We plan to finish the making of “Changyou’s Journey” by 2017, and will submit the film to festivals around the world.  The film will be made with Toon Boom animation software and Wacom Cintiq tablet, both companies are sponsors of this and other animation films by Perry Chen.  We thank their generous, kind support to Perry’s animation career and all of his film projects! We greatly appreciate your generous support of donation to help us make this film, which is the most meaningful way to honor Changyou’s life and legacy, which will live on through his own son’s creativity and imagination. We will also share “behind-the-scenes” story of the making of “Changyou’s Journey” animation in a documentary film, called “A Journey of a Thousand Miles!” Watch the trailer and donate, share with your friends, and thanks for your support!  No amount is too big or too small.  All donors’ names will appear in the film’s end credits and on this website.  We thank many of you who have donated, including Perry’s teachers and classmates, fellow filmmakers, friends, colleagues, relatives,  in the U.S. and China!  Perry and Zhu want to especially thank SABPA (Sino-American Biopharmaceutical Professional Association) for which Zhu served as Vice Chairman and Board of Directors, WuXi Apptec, The BayHelix Group, for their generous donation through their members and staff.  

      To make your donation a more rewarding experience and help you decide what level works best for you, Perry designed the following matching benefits for different level of donation:

Any amount:     Film Credit (name appearing in film end credit and website)

$50                       All above, and Perry-designed and autographed Thank-You card

$100                    All above, Online access to “Changyou’s Journey” film upon completion

$200                   All above, and “Changyou’s Journey” film DVD when available

$500                   All above, and your character in film’s crowd scene (need to send your photo, this is a great value!)

$1,000               All above, and one original, autographed drawing by Perry

$2,000               All above, Co-Executive Producer credit, Film Festival Pass where our film is screened when available in your city

$5,000               All above, your organization’s name and logo in film credit as sponsor, special appearance by Perry Chen and Zhu Shen at your private screening event

Watch “Changyou’s Journey” Animation Film by Perry Chen Trailer:

(Chinese video 视频: 陈昌友的旅行)


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Donors who wish to donate in Chinese Renminbi (Yuan) can donate to this special account set up for the film’s donation below:

Bank: Industrial and Commercial Bank of China (中国工商银行)
Account name: SHEN ZHU (all capital letters)
Account number: 6212260200013610288 北京亚运村支行

Perry Chen and Zhu Shen wish to thank Patrick Eidemiller for editing and providing music to “Changyou’s Journey” trailer, and Brian Bostrom for taking many priceless photos of Perry, Zhu, and Changyou during Perry’s career, and especially during Changyou’s last days.

Contact Dr. Zhu Shen, Producer of “Changyou’s Journey” for further info, email: cc0218 at gmail dot com,

Changyou & Zhu with one-year-old Perry

Changyou & Zhu with one-year-old Perry, 2001, SF Bay Area

Perry Chen with his parents Drs. Changyou Chen and Zhu Shen at the Oscar-qualifying Hollywood premiere of his first animation short “Ingrid Pitt: Beyond the Forest” hosted by Shorts International, September 2011

Perry with Changyou 5 days before Changyou passed, 2012

Perry Chen with Changyou’s photos & ashes (photo by Zhu Shen), 2012


Beautiful Flowers at Changyou’s memorial service (photo by Zhu Shen), August 2012


Perry Chen, Zhu Shen with SABPA’s Mingzhu Zhang & Peter Zhu and their donation check (photo by Si Luo), September 2012

Media stories:

(San Diego Jewish World, Boy Animator to Draw Late Father’s Life)



Read a 2007 UT San Diego feature story about Dr. Changyou Chen's life science career across the Pacific:

(Perry on Live Life & Win National TV Show, 2012)


Pacific San Diego Magazine Dec 2011 Perry Chen Feature: Sitting Tall:


Perry and his mom Dr. Zhu Shen are featured in a new book about parenting and youth entrepreneurship, “The Parent’s Guide to Raising CEO Kids,” published in Aug 2011. Perry’s first animation short “Ingrid Pitt: Beyond the Forest” won multiple film festival awards and was an Oscar-qualifying film in 2011. Perry and Zhu were invited to present the film at DreamWorks Animation, introduced by Oscar-nominated "How to Train Your Dragon" director Dean DeBlois. The film is distributed by Shorts International (distributor of Oscar-nominated shorts) and now available on iTunes in 54 countries!


About Perry Chen:

Perry S. Chen is an 12-year-old award-winning animator, film critic, artist, TEDx speaker, and entertainment personality, currently in 6th grade from San Diego.  He started reviewing movies at age 8 in 3rd grade using a kid-friendly starfish rating system, and has been featured in CBS, NPR, NBC, CNN, CCTV (China Central Television), Variety, Animation Magazine, The Young Icons, The Guardian, The China Press, etc.  He was a presenter at the 2010 Annie Awards for Animation, and has written movie reviews for Animation World Network, San Diego Union Tribune, Amazing Kids! Magazine, and his own Perry’s Previews blog:


Perry won an “Excellence in Journalism Award” from San Diego Press Club in 2010 and 2011 for his movie and restaurant reviews, an “Excellence Writer Award” from “We Chinese in America” Magazine in 2010 for his movie review column. Perry is widely recognized as an authoritative spokesperson about movies for his generation, and appears frequently at red carpet movie premieres, awards, and film festivals, interviewing prominent directors from such films as Toy Story 3, Up, How to Train Your Dragon, Kung Fu Panda 2. 


A chance meeting Perry and his mom Zhu had in 2009 at Comic-Con with animation legend, two-time Oscar nominee Bill Plympton and director Kevin Sean Michaels led to a special collaboration to make the 6-minute animation short about a young Holocaust survivor, “Ingrid Pitt: Beyond the Forest,” in which Perry was the sole animator, using Bill Plympton’s character designs and storyboard, and actress Ingrid Pitt’s own emotionally-rich narration in her last film project, produced by Zhu Shen.  In 2011 at age eleven, Perry became the youngest animator to qualify for an Oscar with this short, which was screened at over 30 film festivals, winning three U.S. film festival awards in 2011 and 2012.

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(Perry’s Previews fan page)

(Ingrid Pitt: Beyond the Forest official FB page)


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For more information about Perry Chen, his animation films, and movie reviews, contact Dr. Zhu Shen, cc0218 at gmail dot com

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