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New Chinese Transformers series “looks so good” it might go global

Back in 2017, Hasbro announced a partnership with China’s CCTV to produce a new Transformers animated series centred off of the mythological character of Nezha. Details were light, but we now know the show will launch sometime this year. The news is courtesy of Hasbro CEO Brian Goldner, who briefly mentioned the project during the […]

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Boonie Bears: Blast into the Past Earns $100M at the Box Office

Chinese CG studio Fantawild seems to have struck gold with their sixth theatrical outing, Boonie Bears: Blast into the Past. The film premiered during the first day of Chinese New Year (February 5) and has since earned more than 675 million CNY (roughly $100M USD). Boonie Bears: Blast into the Past is a CG animated […]

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Cyber Group’s Tales of Tatonka Makes its Way to China

Cyber Group Studios and Pacific Media Group recently announced that the animated series The Tales of Tatonka has started airing last March 29 on the Chinese free to air channel, CCTV, under a daily airing schedule. The series will also be carried by major digital platforms across China. The Tales of Tatonka is aimed towards […]

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Millimages’ Molang Scores New Deals in China

Paris-based studio Millimages recently scored a raft of new deals in China for its hit animated series, Molang. The new deals consist of broadcast agreement with some of the most popular platforms in the country, such as Tencent, Alibaba SVOD (including Youku and Tudou), and Mango TV. These new broadcasters will be joining IQIYI, which […]

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eOne Secures New Chinese Deals for PJ Masks

Entertainment One has recently announced that their hit superhero-themed preschool series, PJ Masks, will be making a huge splash in China this spring courtesy of a raft of new deals with the region’s leading VOD platforms. The first part of the deal involves Tencent, iQiYi, and Youku carrying all 52 x 11 min episodes of […]

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Netflix Picks Up Chinese Hit Boonie Bears

Netflix has not yet taken a break from bolstering their already impressive library of licensed and original content, this time around acquiring the rights to stream the 2016 animated Chinese feature, Boonie Bears: The Big Top Secret, as well as its companion TV series Boonie Bears: Spring into Action. For the uninitiated, the Boonie Bears […]

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Benlai and Ankama Co-Produce New Animated Movie, Old Street

China’s Benlai Pictures and France’s Ankama have recently partnered in order to co-produce a new animated movie based on Nie Jun’s Chinese comic book, titled Old Street. The development itself was done through Ankama’s production/distribution arm, Planet Nemo, with a budget estimated to be roughly $5 million and will rely on traditional 2D animation as […]

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Oggy and the Cockroaches Studio, Xilam, Secures New Asian Deals

French studio Xilam Animation, which is known for the sleeper hit Oggy and the Cockroaches, has recently secured a raft of new deals across the Asian region ahead of the Asia Television Forum (ATF). The first batch of the new deals covers presales for the new animated series Mr Magoo; in 2018, Cartoon Network Asia […]

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Mini Pet Pals Finds New Home in China

Italian pet-centric toon Mini Pet Pals is making its way to China via different VOD platforms starting in November, as a result of a deal with Beijing-based JY Animation. The deals apply to the first two seasons – which consist of 104 x 6 min episodes – and will debut with a new China-made Mandarin […]

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Jing-Ju Cats Acquired by Splash

Coinciding with MIPCOM, Splash Entertainment has recently announced their acquisition of the audio-visual rights of the award-winning Chinese animated series Jing-Ju Cats for all regions outside of Asia and Africa. The series is notable for being one of the first Chinese cartoons to blend the principles of kung-fu and Beijing opera. Jing-Ju Cats consists of […]

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Thomas & Friends: The Great Race Debuts New Character, Yong Bao

Last Sept 22, Mattel debuted the family CGI feature-length special Thomas & Friends: The Great Race across China, covering 23 provinces and more than four thousand cinemas. One notable factor in the theatrical debut is the introduction of the franchise’s first Chinese character, Yong Bao. The film will see Thomas go on a new adventure […]

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9 Story and Magic Mall Join Forces for Luo Bao Bei

9 Story Distribution International and China’s Magic Mall Entertainment have recently partnered for a new animated kids’ toon titled Luo Bao Bei. The cartoon was produced by Magic Mall with some help from Welsh studio Cloth Cat Animation, while 9 Story’s international distribution arm handles the global distribution and merchandising in territories outside of China. […]