Amazing Adventures of Zhu (partially found original English audio of CGI animated film; 2012)

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The film's title screen.

Status: Partially Found

Amazing Adventures of Zhu (originally known as The Power of Zhu) is a Canadian-American CGI animated film based on the ZhuZhu Pets and Kung Zhu lines of electronic toy hamsters. The second in a planned series of ZhuZhu Pets animated films, it was directed by Bob Doucette, produced by Moonscoop and Dream Garden LLC, and distributed by Universal Pictures.

Although the film was originally produced in English, it has never seen release in the United States or another English-speaking country, therefore rendering most of the original English audio is lost.

Background

The film was originally announced in a 2011 press release, along with its predecessor, Quest for Zhu, and was set to release direct-to-DVD in the United States in 2012, but this never materialized.[1] According to producer Ciara Anderson's LinkedIn page, it was later set to release on DVD in 2014, but this too never occurred.[2]

Sometime in 2013-14, a Portuguese dub of the full film was broadcast in Brazil on premium movie channel Telecine Fun, under the translated title As Incríveis Aventuras de Zhu. Additionally, the film was broadcast in France. On July 31, 2015, ZhuZhu Pets manufacturer Cepia LLC filed suit against Universal Pictures for having secretly distributed the film in these countries "without Cepia's knowledge or approval."[3]

Availability

Although the Portuguese dub of the film can be found online, including on MEGA, little of the original English version has been publicly released. The only known footage with English audio includes a short trailer on the Quest for Zhu DVD (when the film was known as The Power of Zhu) and a 2-minute clip uploaded to YouTube by the film's composer, Michael Tavera.

Videos

Trailer for The Power of Zhu.
A 2-minute clip of the movie in English.

References