BAN JIN BA LIANG (《半斤八兩》), Magic Dumpling Entertainment’s animated Chinese stone lion buddy comedy and Disney’s first Chinese TV co-production, is now China Central Television’s #1 children’s program, topping the ratings on CCTV14. In reflecting upon the trials, tribulations and ultimate success of the show, I come back to three key factors: people, process and perseverance… (full article on AWN)
Thanks to Asa Butcher, Senior Editor at gbtimes, for his article on the inception and development of BAN JIN BA LIANG, Disney’s first Chinese TV co-production.
(A seven-year odyssey comes to fruition as Disney’s first original Chinese TV co-production.)
This week, I’m taking a break from virtual reality, augmented reality and mixed reality to talk about actual reality: Chinese stone lions are alive!
A “seven-year itch” was finally scratched as I watched the premiere of Ban Jin Ba Liang (半斤八兩 in Mandarin, which loosely translates to “tweedledum and tweedledee”) January 16th, 2016 on China’s Dragon TV channel. In 2009, Wen Feng, Yi Yan and I had the crazy idea to make a buddy comedy about Chinese stone lions. Initial development was bootstrapped by our Beijing-based content company Magic Dumpling Entertainment under the working title Stone Cold Lion, featuring our hearty heroes Chip and Nick.
Magic Dumpling Entertainment’s animated Chinese stone lion buddy comedy, BAN JIN & BA LIANG (半斤八兩 in Mandarin, which loosely translates to “tweedledum & tweedledee”), premieres on January 30th in China, courtesy of a co-production between Disney and SMG Toonmax. You can check out the series teaser on China’s QQ.
Growing up watching Disney films, I never would have believed that I’d one day work at Walt Disney Animation Studios. Years later working at Walt Disney Animation Studios, I never would have believed that I’d one day join the club of creators with a Disney walk-around character to their credit. 😉
My partners & I at Magic Dumpling Entertainment in Beijing are proud to see our animated Chinese stone lion buddy comedy, BAN JIN & BA LIANG (半斤八兩 in Mandarin, which loosely translates to “tweedledum and tweedledee”), unveiled at the Disney Greater China 2017 Kick-Off and licensing event in Shanghai.
The 半斤八兩 shorts and series are coming soon, courtesy of a co-production between Disney and SMG Toonmax.
Six years ago, Magic Dumpling gave birth to two very special stone lions. Proud to see them today with their adoptive parents, as STONEY & ROCKY.
I spent a hot day in Huizhou near Shenzhen, consulting with officials of the Tonghu Ecological Smart Zone and the Economic Development Bureau of Huizhou, on behalf of the Beijing Film Academy’s International Animation & Virtual Reality Research Center (iAVRrc).
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