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'Transformers' to join Chinese mythological icon 'Nezha' in new animation series

Updated: 2019-12-12 09:24:43

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A poster for  Nezha: Transformers. [Photo/Mtime]

American toymaker Hasbro's iconic Transformers will join the Chinese mythological figure Nezha in a new animated co-production, the company said Wednesday.

A poster of the new animation series was released by Hasbro on its official Weibo account Wednesday morning, along with a brief announcement about the co-production with CCTV Animation, the animation arm of China's state broadcaster.

CCTV Animation also released the poster on its Weibo account Wednesday, saying that Nezha: Transformers will bring together the "world-famous animation icon" of Transformers and Nezha that "represents Chinese culture and spirit."

As a popular figure in Chinese legends, Nezha has inspired multiple films and TV series. The most recent big-screen adaptation, a 2019 film directed by Yang Yu, who goes by the nickname Jiaozi, has grossed nearly 5 billion yuan (about 710.64 million US dollars) on the Chinese mainland and is now the second-highest-grossing film in Chinese history.

According to the poster, the Transformers will still take on their original robotic form but will have a new "hairstyle" with two pigtails resembling Nezha's.

No further details were given about the new co-production.

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