Tianjin Film Studio has recruited comedic star Fan Wei (If You Are The One) and Yan Ni (A Simple Noodle Story) to head the dubbing cast of its 3D kung fu animated film Legend Of A Rabbit.

The company has also sold to Sahamongkol for Thailand and confirmed China Film Group as local distributor in the mainland.

The Thai deal was closed between Sahamongkol executive vice-prent Gilbsideert Lim and Tianjin Film Studio’s head of International Distribution Elliot Tong.

“We’re very excited because Sahamongkol is such a great distributor, one of our best,” says Tong.

“China Film Group is planning a targeted wide release and they have given us very good projections. We’re looking at a day-and-date release in Korea and other Asian territories,” he added.

Directed by Sun Li Jun, the $12m film created by a team of 500 animators is about a humble farmhouse Rabbit who takes on Beijing’s baddest Panda in order to keep a promise to a dying kung fu master and save China’s Kung Fu Academy.

The film is in post-production now, with plans for a summer release.

The dark horse out of the gate at the European Film Market last month, Legend Of The Rabbit quickly sold to Noori for Korea, Luxor Film for Russia/CIS, Ram Indo for Singapore, Malaysia and Indonesia, Horizon International for Turkey and AB Groupe for France.