Hollywood comes to Hangzhou with animated saga Bonta

Updated: 2013-08-03 07:34

By Huang Ying (China Daily)

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A 3-D Chinese animated film produced to Hollywood standards was released on Friday nationwide, aiming to grab more than 100 million yuan ($16.3 million) in box office revenue, a level that only one domestic animated feature reached last year.

"We spent three years to produce it, which is much longer than the average in China, because we were determined from the very beginning to create an original animated film brand of our own rather than simply making money fast from it," said Leo Li, director of the film and president of the production company behind the project - Zhejiang Versatile Media Co Ltd.

As the sole investor in the film, titled Bonta, the Hangzhou-based private media and technology company spent 50 million yuan in the production process, with similar resources devoted to a national marketing campaign.

Zhejiang Versatile aims to win a global audience for the film, with releases overseas.

"It has been confirmed that Bonta will be screened in Europe and South Korea, but at a later date than on the Chinese mainland," Li said.

The company plans to make three films in the Bonta series over five years, and the latter two are expected to involve more foreign resources, said Li, although the first one is almost a 100 percent effort of Zhejiang Versatile.

"We recruited one expert from Hollywood to provide advice on the character design and make the production better adapted to the global market.

"Also, the movie's original soundtrack was produced in Hollywood," Li said.

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