The Barcelos Rooster is one of the heroes in the children's animated series 'The Panda and the Rooster', which premiered this week on the Chinese state television network. A CCTV press release states that the series results from a collaboration between the animation department of the state-owned company and Portuguese producer Stopline, created by Leonel Vieira.
In 52 episodes, 'The Panda and the Rooster' recounts the adventures of Panda Hehe and the Barcelos Rooster, described by CCTV as "a popular, auspicious animal and Portugal's mascot." The TV network points out that the series was devised to "integrate typical elements from the cultures of China and Portugal." The Barcelos Rooster character plays football and his grandfather plays Portuguese guitar. 'The Panda and the Rooster' can help "Chinese children learn more about the multicultural world," CCTV says. The press release does not reveal whether the cartoon series will be aired in Portugal, but states that it will 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 joined CCTV with producers from the Czech Republic, New Zealand, Russia, and South Africa.