Stone lions take hold of Chinese viewers

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)

Stone lions take hold of Chinese viewers

Cooking up a Chinese VR short

360 view: http://vr8.tv/88/3F1840

Earlier this month, immersive content development took an experimental step forward with China’s first improvisational VR “table read” on the interactive cinematic VR short film, FOUR DISHES AND A SOUP. (full article on AWN)

360 view: http://vr8.tv/88/3F187D

Cooking up a Chinese VR short

Disney veteran brings Chinese stone lions to life

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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.

Disney veteran brings Chinese stone lions to life

Chinese stone lions now an actual reality

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(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 FengYi 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.

Stone Cold Lion was a finalist in the 2011 Kidscreen Summit’s “Pitch It!” contest, and Disney China acquired the property in…(full post on AWN)

Chinese stone lions now an actual reality

Stone lions come to life this Chinese New Year

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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.

Stone lions come to life this Chinese New Year

The man selling virtual reality to China

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The title may be a tad hyperbolic, but thanks to the folks at the MIT Technology Review for the piece on my VR activities in China…

https://www.technologyreview.com/s/603218/the-man-selling-virtual-reality-to-china/

The man selling virtual reality to China

Chinese stone lions walk the walk and talk the talk

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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.  😉

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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.

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The 半斤八兩 shorts and series are coming soon, courtesy of a co-production between Disney and SMG Toonmax.

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Chinese stone lions walk the walk and talk the talk