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China’s CCTV is teaming up with the producers of Russian animation franchise Kikorikiare to produce the countries’ first joint animation series.

Kikoriki 17 July 2017The new 3D children’s series, Krosh and Panda, will form part of wider a joint media project  initiated following an agreement between the Chinese and Russian governments.

“The project aims to combine the most popular animated characters amongst children and family audiences in Russia and China and can become a symbol of development and strengthening of collaboration in art and culture between the two countries, also attracting interest of wide viewership both in Russia and China,” said Riki, the Russian production company.

With CCTV Animation, Riki plans to produce 12x52’ CGI episodes of Krosh and Panda during the next 18 months. Krosh is a rabbit, who co-stars with a panda in the show.

The content deal follows the success of the Kikoriki franchise, known in Russia as Smeshariki, which is now airing in the US, UK, Germany among other locations.