Wizart of Russia, iQiyi partner of China on children’s animated series – The Hollywood Reporter

Russian studio Wizart Animation partners with Chinese streaming giant iQIYI to co-produce children’s animated series The tales of the keepers of wonders.

The show is described as a positive impact project that “teaches children kindness and responsibility and shows positive ways of resolving conflict”. The producers said the series’ goal is “to broaden the horizons of young viewers and engage them in the incredible mysterious world around us, which is only waiting for further exploration, discovery and, of course, heroes”.

The series will be released on iQiyi platforms as the original iQiyi.

“We aim to produce a show that would appeal to global markets, so this cooperation with iQiyi is a unique opportunity for our company to expand into eastern markets with the [region’s top] streamer, ”said Vladimir Nikolaev, general producer of Wizart Animation. “We are grateful for the trust they place in Wizart,” he added.

Wizart is one of the leading Russian animation studios best known for the animated film franchise Snow Queen, which has proven to be a popular series around the world. The first one Snow Queen the film grossed $ 13.4 million worldwide in 2013, the second grossed $ 15.5 million in 2014, and a third grossed $ 24.6 million in 2017-18. The company was also behind the first Russian animated feature to be picked up by Netflix, Secret Magic Control Agency.

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