Chinese animated film offers holiday treat for children

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The Chinese animated film, Axel 2: Adventures of the Spacekids, will have an English-subtitled version, which will be screened abroad, the director Li Lian said at a recent event to promote the upcoming feature in Beijing.

A scene from Axel 2: Adventures of the Spacekids. [Photo provided to China Daily] 

The sequel to the first Axel movie, Kunta (2013), will open across the Chinese mainland on Oct 1, the only family audience-targeted animated feature for the weeklong National Day holiday.

The film, set on a remote planet, follows three alien heroes looking for the last seed of a magical tree.

The director of the animated franchise and the founder of the Hangzhou-based firm Versatile Media Co Ltd, says the film's English version has already been sold to Italy, Russia, and two countries in Middle East.

Speaking about his work, he says: "When I began to make computer generated animated films in 1993, I felt that domestic animators had a long way to go to catch up with Hollywood. But now I feel glad to see that the gap is shrinking."

The movie had limited screenings over Sept 16 and 17, and raked in 4 million yuan ($604,000) at the box office.

The film, which is the first 3-D sci-fi animated film in China, has a lot of special effects.

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