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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Colour palettes for White Snake animated feature

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White Snake is co-produced between Warner Bros and Light Chaser Animation, and comes from the producer of Little Door Gods and Tea Pets. The animation has been receiving positive reviews for its illustrations and the preservation of zhongguofeng (traditional Chinese elements) since its premiere on Jan 11th.

Promotional theme song by Zhou Shen:

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Warner Bros, Light Chaser Animation collaborate for White Snake animated feature

Warner’s last co-production, The Meg, did surprisingly well in China. Will this follow suit?

Warner Brothers  will co-produce their first Chinese animation with Light Chaser Animation ( Little Door Gods , Tea Pets, Cats and Peachtopia )  with a retelling of The Legend of White Snake.   White Snake 白蛇:缘起 tells of the previous lifetime of male lead Xu Xian, and how the White Snake first fell in love with him. The film is set for a December 21st release date.

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