The Legend of Luoxiaohei may not have many views on YouTube, but those numbers belie its true popularity. In China, where it is made, the Ghibliesque Flash series about a young girl and her supernatural cat is something of a phenomenon. Its 27 episodes have garnered large audiences on Tudou, China’s equivalent to YouTube. And now it’s getting a feature spinoff: The Legend of Hei.
The film is due to come out in China in September. There is currently no word about an international release. The trailer has just been released — watch it below. It’s in Chinese only, but those who want to get a flavor of the series can watch it on Youtube with English fansubs. A Reddit user has provided a summary (in English) of what is known about the feature so far.
Animator MTJJ (real name Zhang Ping) created The Legend of Luoxiaohei in 2011. He initially made the episodes on his own and distributed them for free online; as the popularity of the series grew, he started earning revenue from merchandising, enabling him to build a small production team.