Knocking On Pixar’s Door: Light Chaser Animation’s Big Dreams for Little Door Gods

There’s been a spate of whitewashed and appropriated Asian roles in American-made movies recently, but there have been very few geeky movies which actually star Asian actors (to my knowledge, at least). Since this is Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, though, I wanted to watch some geeky Asian films. To do so, I had to go through our archives before finally landing on Little Door Gods, a film I found out about in late 2015. Though it never got an American release, I did find it on the internet (just, you know, around).

Little Door Gods (小門神) is the first feature-length film from Light Chaser Animation, a Chinese animation studio which launched because of what founder Gary Wang saw as the lack of movies featuring Chinese mythology. (Probably a good call; it doesn’t look like Hollywood is going to get to Asian inclusivity anytime soon.) Wang has said that he wants to create “the Pixar of China,” and he’s even hired some animators who used to work for Pixar and DreamWorks in pursuit of his goal. His first movie is… definitely good, but not Pixar-worthy yet.

Spoilers for Little Door Gods below!

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Trailer Tuesdays: Little Door Gods

YouTube seems to know what I want to see these days, and since I’ve been playing the Hamilton soundtrack on repeat for the past couple days, I was starting to think I would never get any recommended videos that weren’t American history RPF-related. But somehow, a cute little animated trailer snuck through the Hamilton playlist and onto my radar. Little Door Gods is an adorable Chinese animated production that’s oddly, fondly reminiscent of Spirited Away. If you haven’t seen it already, here it is! (And don’t worry, it has English subtitles.)

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