In an indication of the growing importance of the 3D animation genre, the first Chinese 3D animated feature length film ‘Boonie Bears’ (Chinese name: Xiong Chumo) is to hit screens all over the Western world in due course.

This new 3D animated picture has been produced by Fantawild Animation Inc., Mr. Cartoon Pictures, LEVP and Zhujiang Film. The storyline of the movie is centred around the relationship between two bear characters, with the main character Vick altering his relationship with an antagonist from enemy to friend as the pair go off in the search of lost treasure. 

Precedent already exists for this particular 3D animation, as ‘Boonie Bears’ already exists as an animated television series which is broadcast on Central China Television. The ‘Boonie Bears’ universe is set within an animated forest, and the storyline generally involves the heroes of the cartoon attempting to prevent the aforementioned Vick from attempting to cut down trees within the forest. ‘Boonie Bears’ was first shown in February 2012 and has become the most popular children's show in China, hence the fact that the makers have decided to produce a full length 3D animation of the television series.

There are similarities between the plot of the ‘Boonie Bears’ and a popular American cartoon series, ‘The Raccoons’, which centred around an elderly industrialist who also was obsessed with deforestation.

 

The worldwide animation market has grown over the last couple of decades, to the point today where it is quite simply one of the most important cinematic markets. Not only has the marketplace grown exponentially over the last few years, it it also predicted to grow rapidly in the near future as well. The global animation market is expected to grow from $122.20 billion in 2010 to $242.93 billion by 2016. This represents a compound annual growth rate of 12.94% from 2011 to 2016.

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