The Chinese animation industry has been growing rapidly in the past decade, with a number of quality animated movies and television programs being released each year. One show that I’ve had my eye on for a while now is Beijing Opera Cats, which premiered in 2015 and was created by Dazzling Star Animation. I first learned of it in 2013, when it was still in development and being presented at MIPJunior, as Television Business International highlighted it as one of their regular “Show Of The Week” selections. Only a trailer existed back then, but I really liked what I saw and hoped that it would make its way to the United States at some point.
Beijing Opera Cats follows the adventures of four feline heroes: Lil’ Pai, Jing, Zad and Wu. Together, they travel the world on a quest to defeat the Dark Lord An, who took over the Kingdom of Purpetua and corrupted many cats with his evil. He turned these corrupted cats into monsters, forcing them to serve in his army, and it is only when they are defeated by the Beijing Opera Cats that they can be freed of their corruption and returned to their true selves. However, some of the most powerful cats in the world were also corrupted – the leaders of various Beijing Opera Cat clans – so Lil’ Pai and his friends must defeat them one by one in order to save them before they can take on on An himself. More information of the show and its characters can be found on its website.
The show is doing very well in China, with recent reports showing that it has accumulated over 700,000,000 views across China’s various digital distribution platforms. Unfortunately, there still isn’t an English dub, but it was recently brought to my attention that Dazzling Star Animation is currently working on one. They are attending Licensing Expo 2017 in Las Vegas and are planning to attend MIPJunior again later on in the year. It is my hope that they will soon find the partners they need to bring the show to the United States, as I would very much like to watch it and I feel that many other people would as well.