Little Big Panda was released in China on February 3
Little Big Panda is a 3D animation co-produced by China and Europe
by Grace Li
Date Published: 02/08/2011
Little Big Panda
On Chinese New Year, the "most expensive panda," Pandy, appeared on screens in China. Pandy is the main character of the 3D movie Little Big Panda (熊猫总动员), produced by the China Film Group Corp. and German company ORB Filmproduktion GmbH with an investment of 350 million yuan (approximately $53 million dollars). The movie was directed by Greg Manwaring (TV's The School for Vampires, Dragon's Rock), who was an animator on films such as Lion King and Pocahontas when he worked for Disney.
In addition to being the most expensive Chinese animated film, for the first time, an animation has combined the style of Chinese ink painting with new 3D technology. The whole film is drawn by hand, and though the leading creative teams come from European countries like France, Spain, and Belgian, the story takes place in China. Pandas are becoming endangered, and one little panda is chosen to save the species.
Little Big Panda has already attracted many Chinese audiences to theaters during Chinese New Year holiday, and the film will soon be released in Europe. A 52-episode television series based on the film will be released in 2012.