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Netflix gets Next Gen

During the Cannes Film Festival, streaming heavy weight Netflix picked up Next Gen for a reported $30 million – a high amount for independent animation. The Chinese-Canadian animated film, based on the 7723 web-comic by Wang Nima, is about to make its debut on the service on September 7th. The English language version features the voice talents of Charlyne Yi, Jason Sudeikis, David Cross, Michael Pena, and Constance Wu.

Here’s the first trailer and a brief story synopsis:

A friendship with a top-secret robot turns a lonely girl’s life into a thrilling adventure as they take on bullies, evil bots and a scheming madman.

Check out an additional teaser on the film’s Netflix page.

Next Gen is directed by Kevin R. Adams and Joe Ksander, who also adapted Nima’s story with some assistance from Ryan W. Smith. The film’s animation was produced by Tangent Animation in Toronto and Winnipeg utilizing open-source animation software Blender and the Cycles renderer. Financing for the film came from 7723’s publisher, Baozou Manhua.

Netflix has global distribution rights to the movie outside of China. In its native country, the film was set to receive a theatrical release by Alibaba and Wanda on August 17th. That was given a last minute delay to better align its Chinese launch with the western roll out.

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