The Barcelos Rooster is one of the heroes of the children's series "The Panda and The Rooster" which premiered this week on the Chinese state television channel. In a statement, CCTV states that the series results from the collaboration between the animation department of the state-owned company and the Portuguese producer Stopline, created by Leonel Vieira.
In 52 episodes, "The Panda and the Rooster" tells the adventures of the panda Hehe and the Barcelos rooster, described by CCTV as "a popular and auspicious animal and the mascot of Portugal". The TV network underlines that the series was designed to "integrate characteristic elements and the cultures of China and Portugal." The character of the Barcelos Rooster appears playing football and has a grandfather who plays Portuguese guitar. "Panda and the Rooster" can help "Chinese children learn more about the multicultural world," says CCTV. Not mentioning if the cartoons will also be played in Portugal, the statement adds that the series can also "tell Chinese stories to the world".
"The Panda and the Rooster" is part of a series of international co-productions called Panda +, which has already joined CCTV with producers in the Czech Republic, New Zealand, Russia and South Africa.