White Snake: Origin picked up for North American release

White Snake: Origin is the first Chinese animated film since who knows when to be released with English dubs in North American theaters

In the best distribution deal for a Chinese animated film in a long time,    White Snake: Origin, has been picked up for North American distributor GKIDS.  The distributer has previously distributed Ponyo, The Breadwinner, Howl’s Moving Castle, and most recently The Secret World of Arrietty, and currently has distribution writes to all the Studio Ghibli films.  Both English-dubbed and Chinese-subbed versions of the  film is tentatively set for a fall release in North America.   Synopsis from GKIDS, with Madame White Snake’s English name being translated as Blanca:

From Light Chaser Animation, one of China’s premiere animation studios, comes a visually stunning new take on a classic legend. One day a young woman named Blanca is saved by Xuan, a snake catcher from a nearby village. She has lost her memory, and together they go on a journey to discover her real identity, developing deeper feelings for one another along the way. But as they learn more about her past, they uncover a darker plot of supernatural forces vying for power, with the fate of the world hanging in the balance. Conceived as a prequel to one of the most ancient and enduring stories in Chinese history, White Snake presents a sumptuous tale of trickster demons, deadly mythical beasts, assassins, wuxia action, and the promise of eternal love.

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Spirited Away posters from Zhou Dongyu, Jing Boran, Peng Yuchang

“Life is a train that goes in one direction.”

The voices of the Chinese dub of Spirited Away –  Zhou Dongyu, Jing Boran, Peng Yuchang, Wang Lin, and Tian Zhuangzhuang – posed for a set of posters inspired by their animated counterparts. The film will receive a belated wide release in theaters in China on the June 21st. FYI, it was previously available online/via DVD, not banned as some headlines seem to imply.

Artistic posters for the Chinese release of Spirited Away by Zao Dao and Huang Hai.

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