South Korea, China to Co-Produce Sequel to 3D Animated Feature 'Speckles the Tarbosaurus'

Speckles the Tarbosaurus
Courtesy of Dream Search C&C

The Asian partners also plan to launch a line of film merchandise targeting the Chinese market.

South Korea's Dream Search C&C will co-produce the sequel to the successful local film Speckles the Tarbosaurus, with China's Hengsheng Group, Dream Search C&C announced on Friday. This marks yet another collaboration project between the two Asian countries, which have grown closer than ever in recent years.

Speckles the Tarbosaurus, a.k.a. The Dino King or Jumbagi in Korean, is a 3D animated feature that attracted over 1 million admissions in 2012, becoming the second-most-successful local animation of all time. The film, handled by CJ Entertainment, was also sold to 37 territories and yielded additional revenue through IPTV and DVD sales.

The sequel will also be in 3D and is expected to simultaneously open across Korean and Chinese theaters next summer. A line of Speckles-inspired character merchandise will also be launched targeting the Chinese market, said Dream Search C&C head Lee Chang-hoon.

"I hope this will be an opportunity for Korean animation content to find success in the international market," Lee said.

Hengsheng Group, meanwhile, is preparing to go public on Korea's KOSDAQ Exchange.

The Speckles franchise follows the adventures of Speckles the tarbosaurus, a dinosaur that lived predominantly in Asia, and his shy son during the Late Cretaceous period 70 million years ago.

"It is astonishing that the producers are successfully carrying out works that have not even been attempted in China and Japan. I watched the 3D trailer for Speckles the Tarbosaurus and it is a world-class piece," said Jim Chabin, chairman of the International 3D Society, about the first film.