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Jackie Chan animating his way back to TV

ANI  |  Los Angeles [USA] 

fans, rejoice! The kung fu maestro is coming back to the small screen with his new animated show.

As reported by Hollywood Reporter, the 63-year-old-actor will appear in a children's 3D cartoon, 'J-Team: All new Adventures,' which will feature Chan's child version and a team of id protagonists who defend a magical dreamland against monster invaders.

Aimed at children aged three to ten, the show was designed to both entertain and impart positive values with storylines highlighting traditional Chinese virtues and healthy habits.

"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," Chan said during a small press gathering on the eve of the Beijing International Film Festival.

He added, "If you just tell them that, sometimes children won't listen, but through comedy and action, then they will start to follow."

The 104-episode series cost an estimated USD six million. The show is set to air on three children's satellite TV channels and 200 terrestrial channels across China.

A feature film is also planned for 2019 by Chan's production partners Zhejiang Talent Television & Film, Khorgas JJ Culture Media Co., and VJ Animation Studio.

But 'Kung Fu Yoga' star has his plans worked out as he feels that "he just wants to make a cartoon for the children".

"That's the investors. They have so many plans. For me, I just want to make a cartoon for the children around the world."

"Probably, when the theme park is finished, I'll be 80. I just care about this year. I don't have time to do other things. They squeeze Jackie Chan," adds Chan.

The new show is a follow-up of sorts to Chan's U.S.-made animation series, 'Adventures,' which aired on Kids's WB from 2000-2005 in over 60 countries.

"The show is not about making money - I have a lot of money already. Today, what I'm really doing with this cartoon is, I can show to the world, it used to be Jackie's adventures from America, but these days, everything is made in China," the action-comedy star said.

He also shared that now China has "the ability to start purchasing foreign companies."

Producers are currently shopping the series to overseas networks and expect to launch the show internationally later this year.

"I hope to use my influence to bring Chinese culture to the world," Chan said.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Mon, April 17 2017. 17:42 IST