China’s hit cg franchise Boonie Bears will release its sixth theatrical installment, Boonie Bears: Blast into the Past, in China on February 5, the first day of the Lunar New Year. The film is expected to launch on over 10,000 screens. An English trailer, above, has been newly released.
All of the previous Boonie Bears features have also been released during Chinese New Year. Last year’s Boonie Bears: The Big Shrink scored a franchise-best US$96.5 million in China, which also made it China’s top-grossing animated feature of 2018.
Boonie Bears started as a tv series in 2012, and follows two brother bears, Briar and Bramble, who regularly face off against their “frenemy” Logger Vick. In the new feature Blast into the Past, the two bears and Vick end up time-traveling to prehistoric times.
“Blast into the Past epitomizes our works so far. We are confident that the audience will enjoy it,” said Daisy Shang, executive president of Fantawild Group, whose subsidiary Fantawild Animation produces the films. “People love Boonie Bears not only for the funny and thrilling stories but also for the universally acknowledged, positive values like friendship, courage, and growth the brand conveys. These are and will always be our overarching themes.”
The first five films in the theatrical franchise have earned over US$300 million in global box office to date. The television series is distributed in over 80 countries, including in the United States through Netflix, and the characters generate around $390 million in annual merchandising revenue.
Fantawild Holdings, the owner of Boonie Bears, is a diversified entertainment and technology conglomerate with 40 subsidiaries. It operates over a dozen theme parks in China, in addition to businesses in animation, special effects film, live performances, and consumer products.