Rock star crossover to do animated film 'Rock Dog'

By Zhang Rui
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A poster of animation "Rock Dog" []
Rock veteran Zheng Jun has helped create animated feature "Rock Dog," whose Chinese release is scheduled for July.

"Rock Dog" is a 3D animated film adapted from an original comic book by Zheng Jun, which was originally written for his daughter. The director of this film is famous American animator Ash Brannon, who also co-directed "Toy Story 2."

The Hollywood team-supported animated film will integrate animal characters with Tibetan elements. Zheng Jun, who wrote the script, and the crew of the film had "Rock Dog" in production for 6 years, said its distributor and producer Huayi Brothers Media Corp.

The movie tells the story of a Tibetan mastiff named Bodi, who becomes an orphan and grows up in Tibet. By chance, he is brought to Beijing by a pub owner. Bodi becomes more and more interested in rock music and begins to pursue his dream of rock & roll, enduring many hardships along the way.

Zheng said the comic book has some autobiographic elements and the soul of the animation is about dreams and how to keep dreams alive in different phases of life.

The film will have English and Chinese versions, with Academy Award-winning actor J.K. Simmons alongside Luke Wilson, Eddie Izzard and Lewis Black. The Chinese dubbing cast has not been revealed.

The film will hit Chinese theaters on July 8, 2016.

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