As China sees more and more overseas animations doing well domestically, the country is vying to create its own profitable animation industry. China’s animation market is still in its early stage and is greatly influenced by companies in neighboring Japan and South Korea.

Asian animated films were big hits in 2016. Japanese animation Your Name made 80.5 million USD (556.93 million RMB) in China. Chinese animated epic fantasy film Big Fish & Begonia grossed 565 million RMB (81.66 million USD) in China. It was co-produced by Korean animation shop Studio Mir.

“Seeing this success, TV animation companies are also moving from the TV to the movie screen,” Yup Ma, CEO of CREATIVE BOMB told TechNode.

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Eva Yoo is Shanghai-based tech writer. Reach her at evayoo@technode.com