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New animated film to debut during National Day holiday

By ZHANG KUN in Shanghai | | Updated: 2019-05-24 13:50
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Pearl Studio announced on May 24 that it will release nationwide the studio's first original animation feature Abominable during the Chinese National Day holiday.

This would be the studio's latest animation following the release of Kungfu Panda 3 in 2016 which was jointly produced by Pearl Studio and DreamWorks Animation.

Written and directed by Jill Culton (Open Season, Monsters, Inc., Toy Story 2), Abominable takes audiences on an epic adventure from the streets of a modern Chinese city to the breathtaking Himalayan snowscapes.

When teenage Yi (Chloe Bennet, Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.) encounters a young Yeti on the roof of her apartment building in a modern Chinese city, she and her mischievous friends, Jin (Tenzing Norgay Trainor) and Peng (Albert Tsai), name him "Everest" and embark on a quest to reunite the magical creature with his family at the highest point on Earth.

But the trio of friends will have to stay one step ahead of Burnish (Eddie Izzard), a wealthy man intent on capturing a Yeti, and zoologist Dr Zara (Sarah Paulson) to help Everest get home.

Abominable is produced by Suzanne Buirgy (Kung Fu Panda 2, Home) and Peilin Chou of Pearl Studio. Executive producer is Tim Johnson (Over the Hedge, Home, ANTZ), Frank Zhu (Checked In, Lotus Code) and Li Ruigang (Kung Fu Panda 3, The Taking of Tiger Mountain) and is co-directed by Todd Wilderman (Trolls, The Croods).

Abominable will be released by Universal Pictures worldwide on Sept 27, 2019. In China, the film will be distributed by Pearl.

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