The Power of Zhu (found original English audio of CGI animated film The Amazing Adventures of Zhu; 2012)
The film's title screen.
Date found: Unknown
Found by: Davidish
Amazing Adventures of Zhu (originally known as The Power of Zhu) is a Canadian-American CGI animated film based on the ZhuZhu Pets and Kung Zhu lines of electronic toy hamsters. The second in a planned series of ZhuZhu Pets animated films, it was directed by Bob Doucette, produced by Moonscoop and Dream Garden LLC, and distributed by Universal Pictures.
Although the film was originally produced in English, it has never seen release in the United States or another English-speaking country till discovery of the movie.
Background[edit | edit source]
The film was originally announced in a 2011 press release, along with its predecessor, Quest for Zhu, and was set to release direct-to-DVD in the United States in 2012, but this never materialized. According to producer Ciara Anderson's LinkedIn page, it was later set to release on DVD in 2014, but this too never occurred.
Sometime in 2013-14, a Portuguese dub of the full film was broadcast in Brazil on premium movie channel Telecine Fun, under the translated title As Incríveis Aventuras de Zhu. Additionally, the film was broadcast in France. On July 31, 2015, ZhuZhu Pets manufacturer Cepia LLC filed suit against Universal Pictures for having secretly distributed the film in these countries "without Cepia's knowledge or approval."
Availability[edit | edit source]
Although the Portuguese dub of the film can be found online, including on MEGA, little of the original English version has been publicly released. Before the full film was found, the only known footage with English audio includes a short trailer on the Quest for Zhu DVD (when the film was known as The Power of Zhu) and a 2-minute clip uploaded to YouTube by the film's composer, Michael Tavera.
Discovery[edit | edit source]
Around late 2020/early 2021, Davidish obtained an English DVD copy from an unknown employee at Cepia, the employee is left unknown as disclosing the name would result in legal disputes as stated by him. The English version of the full movie was uploaded to YouTube by him later on, though it resulted in a block.
Boost Team reuploaded the original upload for the movie around April 2021, crediting Davidish for said footage of movie.