The series will debut at the Annecy International Animation Film Festival

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The official “Secrets of the Mogwai” synopsis reads:

In “Gremlins: Secrets of the Mogwai,” we travel to 1920s Shanghai to reveal the story of how 10-year-old Sam Wing (future shop owner, Mr. Wing in the 1984 film) met the young Mogwai called Gizmo. Along with a teenage street thief named Elle, Sam and Gizmo embark on a perilous journey through the Chinese countryside, encountering and sometimes battling colorful monsters and spirits from Chinese folklore. In their quest to return Gizmo to his family and uncover a legendary treasure, they are pursued by a power-hungry industrialist and his growing army of evil Gremlins.

Izaac Wang (“Raya and the Last Dragon”) voices 10-year-old Sam in the prequel series “Gremlins,” with Gabrielle Nevaeh Green (“All That”) voicing Elle. Other cast members include Ming-Na Wen (“The Book of Boba Fett”) as Sam’s mother, Fong, who is described as “a resourceful, slyly funny, and fiercely protective Chinese medicine doctor. family”, and BD Wong (“Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom”) as Sam’s father, Hon, “a quiet rock who never believed his stepfather’s tales of magic and adventure”. Hon’s stepfather is also referred to simply as Grandfather, a character voiced by James Hong (“Turning Red”) and “claims to have traveled the world in great adventures and only he knows the true power (and secrets) of the Mogwai and the importance of protecting them.” Finally, “The Americans” and “Perry Mason” star Matthew Rhys voices series villain Riley Greene, “a power-hungry English industrialist and treasure hunter who uses dark magic and is determined not to nothing will stop in his pursuit of Gizmo and the mythical treasure of Mogwai.”

Between the large (and predominantly Asian-American) voice cast, Dante consulting, and Chun — who also wrote episodes of the shows “Once Upon a Time,” “Gotham” and “Little America” — as screenwriter chief, the hope is that “Gremlins: Secrets of the Mogwai” will retain the inspired sense of comic mayhem of the live-action “Gremlins” while being respectful in its portrayal of period China and real Chinese folklore. . We’ll see if that’s the case when the series bows out in Annecy, before hitting HBO Max on a date yet to be revealed in 2022.

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