(Variety)”Boonie Bears: The Wild Life,” the latest feature-length Setup at a long-running Chinese film and TV franchise, is set to open in Japan and Australia.
The moves are closely coordinated with the film’s release in the Chinese box office’s annual high stage: Lunar New Year.The seventh feature film in the”Boonie Bears” franchise”Wild Life” will release in mainland Chinese theatres on Friday — going head to head with the likes of”Detective Chinatown 3″ and time traveling comedy”Hi, Mom.” Local distributor FaceWhite Entertainment will release it the same day at Japan. China Lion, a firm familiar with the custom of multi-territory releasing in precisely the same window as mainland China, will take the movie out in Australia a week later (Feb. 19).Further out, Cinemaguzzo Entertainment is planning a theatrical release for its film in Canada on May 7. The practice of giving coordinated releases into mainland Chinese industrial movies in territories with large Chinese diaspora inhabitants had become well rooted before the coronavirus pandemic. However, the virus’ impact, and governments’ differing levels of success in dealing with the disorder, have made communicating difficult.Series manufacturer Shenzhen-based Fantawild Animation says China Lion may be able to acquire a theatrical release in New Zealand. But the Anglosphere’s two biggest markets for Chinese-language films, the U.S. and the U.K., are equally off limit for the moment.The need for patience isn’t new. “Wild Life” was expected to have started in american Chinese cinemas on Jan. 25 last year. But, with only two weeks to go until the Lunar New Year holidays in China, almost all of the country was set under coronavirus lockdown orders. “Boonie Bears” has been the biggest animation brand in China for many years, fun the most youthful audience with pre-school, and school-age TV series and nursery rhythms. The franchise also includes comedy encounters stories for older kids. Fantawild Animation, that is part of this Fantawild Entertainment theme parks group, states it pitches the attributes films at audiences of all ages. The six previous feature films have earned a combined gross of $435 million in the Chinese box office.Abroad, Fantawild’s”Bears” have been distributed in different formats in certain 120 lands. Substantial partnerships have included ones with Disney, Netflix (Latin America and worldwide), Hulu, Amazon, DirecTV, Sony, Discovery Kids (Latam and MENA), and Sky in the U.K.Source: Variety by Patrick Frater