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Rock Dog Rating: PG (for action and language)
Genre: Animation, Comedy, Kids & Family
Directed By: Ash Brannon
Written By: Ash Brannon, Kurt Voelker
In Theaters: Feb 24, 2017, Wide
Runtime: 80 minutes
Studio: Summit Premiere
Actors: JK Simmons, Luke Wilson, Eddie Izzard, Lewis Black, Kenan Thompson, Mae Whitman, Jorge Garcia, Matt Dillon, Sam Elliot

Luke Wilson and Mae Whitman in in Rock Dog (2017)

Luke Wilson and Mae Whitman in Rock Dog (2017)


Rock Dog is a 2016 Chinese-American 3D computer-animated comedy movie produced by Mandoo Pictures and Huayi Brothers. The movie is directed by Ash Brannon and written by Ash Brannon, Kurt Voelker, based on the Chinese graphic novel Tibetan Rock Dog by Zheng Jun. It features the voices of Luke Wilson, Eddie Izzard, J. K. Simmons, Lewis Black, Kenan Thompson, Mae Whitman, Jorge Garcia, Matt Dillon and Sam Elliott. The film follows a young Tibetan Mastiff who leaves the village in the mountains to become a rock musician in the big city when a radio falls from the sky.

It was released on July 8, 2016, in China by Huayi Brothers and it is scheduled to be released on February 24, 2017, in the United States by Lionsgate.

The movie was animated by Reel FX, who create Free Birds and The Book of Life.

The movie cost $60 million to make and thus making it the most expensive Chinese-financed animated productions. Rock Dog is based on a graphic novel, written and illustrated by Chinese rock star Zheng Jun.

When a radio falls from the sky into the hands of a wide-eyed Tibetan mastiff, he moves home to fulfill his dream of becoming a musician, setting into motion a series of completely surprising events. ROCK DOG opens in theaters February 24, 2017 starring Luke Wilson (Bodi), Eddie Izzard (Angus), J.K. Simmons (Khampa), Lewis Black (Linnux), Kenan Thompson (Riff), Mae Whitman (Darma), Jorge Garcia (Germur), with Matt Dillon (Trey) and Sam Elliott (Fleetwood Yak).

Luke Wilson and Eddie Izzard in Rock Dog (2017)

Luke Wilson and Eddie Izzard in Rock Dog (2017)

The movie premiered at the Shanghai International Film Festival, which took place between June 11 and June 19, 2016.

In the United States, the movie will be theatrically released on February 24, 2017, by Lionsgate through its Summit Premiere label.

Earning $5.7 million, the movie has been a box-office failure in China. It has been suggested that the largest Chinese theater chain, Wanda Cinema Line, attempted to limit the number of screens the movie would be shown on. The film was shown only on seven Wanda’s screens — 0.3 percent of all its screens in China. Huayi Bros., the movie’s production company and an owner of a competing theater chain, poached Wanda’s executive Jerry Yea few months before the movie’s release and made him CEO of its movie division.