– by Joseph Jammer Medina

Back in the year 2000, Jackie Chan starred in an American animated television series called Jackie Chan Adventures that aired on Kids WB. It featured Jackie Chan and his extended family fighting criminals who were trying to get a hold of magical talismans. The show lasted 5 seasons through 2005 and had 95 episodes.

Now it looks like Jackie Chan is headed back to the small screen. As reported by The Hollywood Reporter, Jackie Chan will appear in a 3D animated television show titled J-Team: All New Jackie Chan Adventures. It will feature a child version of Jackie Chan and a group of kids who will defend a magical dreamland against monsters. It will be aimed at kids ages 3 to 10 years old and will contain stories that highlight good habits and traditional Chinese virtues. Also at the end of each episode Jackie Chan will appear in live form to recap the lessons of the episode as well as words of encouragement.

At a press gathering held the night before the Beijing International Film Festival Jackie Chan made these comments about the show:

“It’s meant to help young children to do things they don’t always like to do — like, don’t look at your phone for too long, remember to brush your teeth, respect your elders, pick up the trash,” then added “If you just tell them that, sometimes children won’t listen, but through comedy and action, then they will start to follow.”

It will first launch in China on three children’s satellite channels and 200 terrestrial channels across China with an international launch targeted for later this year. The series is planned to have 104 episodes which costed an estimated $6 million dollars to produce. Chan’s production partners Zhejiang Talent Television & Film, Khorgas JJ Culture Media Co., and VJ Animation Studio have ambitious plans for the property. These include a feature film in 2019, merchandise and even theme park attractions. The show is currently being shopped around to oversees networks.

I personally am not a fan of 3D animation, but I do look forward to seeing some footage of the series to get a feel for it. There are a lot of great kids shows that appeal to both kids and adults, but I wonder if their focus on traditional Chinese values will translate well into international markets. Are you looking forward to another Jackie Chan animated series?


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Source: The Hollywood Repoter

Joseph Jammer Medina is an author, podcaster, and editor-in-chief of LRM. A graduate of Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Television, Jammer's always had a craving for stories. From movies, television, and web content to books, anime, and manga, he's always been something of a story junkie.