Chinese-American co-production ‘Rock Dog’ has now released an official teaser trailer ahead of their official release in China on July 8, 2016. The film was produced by Chinese companies Huayi Brothers and Mandoo Pictures with animation completed at Dallas, Texas-based Reel FX (The Book of Life, Free Birds).
Directed by Ash Brannon (Toy Story 2, Surf’s Up), and based on the popular Chinese graphic novel ‘Tibetan Rock Dog’, the film follows the adventures of Bodi, a Tibetan Mastiff who dreams of being a rock star against the wishes of his father, who wants him to follow in his footsteps as a guard dog.
Although international distributors and release dates have yet to be announced, the project was designed as a cross-cultural project that would appeal to both Chinese and Western audiences. The themes explored within the film are those which affect people from all areas of the world, and the English version of the film boasts notable names such as Luke Wilson, Eddie Izzard, J.K. Simmons, Lewis Black, Kenan Thompson, Mae Whitman, Jorge Garcia, Matt Dillon, and Sam Elliott.
The film also marks one of the first animated features to incorporate reverse-outsourcing where Chinese producers sent animation to be made in the U.S. The film’s budget, reportedly in the range of $40-55 million, makes it among the most expensive 100% Chinese-financed animated productions to date.