Peppa pig lunar new year

Entertainment One will kick off a perfectly porcine Chinese New Year “Year of the Pig” celebration for audiences all over the globe, with two new episodes of Peppa Pig set to screen across multiple markets. Centerting on Peppa, her friends and family celebrating the holiday, the specials will launch Tuesday, February 5 in the U.K. Select markets will air the episodes in Mandarin.

“We’re excited to unveil our latest plans to celebrate Chinese New Year with Peppa Pig fans around the world, thanks to a ground-breaking campaign we are rolling out with our broadcast partners around the globe,” said eOne’s Monica Candiani, EVP Content Sales, Family & Brands.

eOne’s Olivier Dumont, President, Family & Brands, added, “Airing Peppa Pig in Mandarin across our global broadcast platform will be a company first. As one of the fastest growing languages in the world, we hope the special broadcast will appeal to both native speakers and children wanting to get a first taste of Mandarin as a second language and we look forward to inspiring more children to learn about this rich language and culture.”

In the first episode, “Chinese New Year,” Madame Gazelle teaches the children all about Chinese New Year and they make a dragon costume for an unforgettable fireworks parade. In the second episode, “Panda Twins,” viewers are introduced to new characters Peggi and Pandora Panda, twin daughters of Policeman Panda, who are brought to playgroup for the first time.

The broadcast plans are part of eOne’s overarching strategy to celebrate the Year of the Pig with Peppa throughout 2019, including a raft of exciting plans for Chinese consumers. A nationwide cinema release, Peppa Celebrates Chinese New Year, co-produced by Alibaba Pictures, will debut in China on February 5. Exclusive Chinese New Year merchandise will be available including the first Panda Twin toys, large scale retail activations with leading e-commerce platform Tmall will be supported by a significant marketing campaign and a cross partnership with Merlin Entertainments’ new Peppa Pig World of Play indoor attraction in Shanghai will be full of surprises. A promotional video for Peppa Pig Celebrates Chinese New Year recently went viral on social media platforms, clocking up over 1.5 billion views in less than one week.

Zhang Dapeng, who directed the film, said both the trailer and the film aimed to promote family values. “Besides drawing attention to the film, what I wanted to do through this promotional trailer was to share the same values that are highlighted in the film – family, reunion, harmony and love.”

Peppa Celebrates Chinese New Year

The Chinese New Year falls on February 5 this year, and people all over the world will celebrate the start of the Year of the Pig. And if you’re making a list of the best pigs of all time, there is one whose pluck and love of muddy puddles makes her rise to the top: Peppa Pig. Which is why it’s so exciting that Nickelodeon has announced that, this year, it will debut a brand-new episode of Peppa Pig about Lunar New Year.

In it, Madame Gazelle teaches the children in the playgroup about the holiday, including traditions like lanterns, fireworks, and dragon dances. It also introduces new characters: Police Officer Panda’s twin daughters, Peggi and Pandora. Check out GoodHousekeeping.com’s exclusive clip above, where the kids take up musical instruments and decide which adult will lead the dragon dance.

The new episode of Peppa Pig will premiere on Nickelodeon on Monday, February 4 at 9:30 a.m.

This isn’t Peppa Pig’s only experience with the Chinese New Year. According to Variety, she’ll actually star in a feature-length movie about the holiday that will be released in China on February 5, co-produced by Canada’s Entertainment One and China’s Alibaba Pictures. This makes sense, because Peppa has a huge fan base in China, and, well, it is the Year of the Pig. But it’s also surprising, because part of her popularity in China is due to Peppa’s symbol as a subversive icon in that country.

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It’s unclear how it actually started, but Peppa got a reputation as a “gangster” in China. That led to memes, parody merch, videos, and even tattoos of the “gangster” version of Peppa, Quartz reports. Although the Chinese government never officially banned Peppa, which has been a rumor, according to The Independent, all videos featuring the hashtag #PeppaPig were taken off the Chinese version of TikTok (a video media app) because of fears that the cartoon was unhealthy for children.

But all seems to be good now, and the wholesome version of Peppa we know and love will be the one to kick off the Year of the Pig in China — and here. Fun fact: The Panda twins in China will be named “Jiaozi,” or “dumpling,” and “Tang yuan,” or “glutinous rice ball,” after some popular Chinese New Year treats. Yum!

Marisa LaScala Parenting & Relationships Editor Marisa LaScala covers all things parenting, from the postpartum period through empty nests, for GoodHousekeeping.com; she previously wrote about motherhood for Parents and Working Mother.