Little Door Gods

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Little Door Gods
Little Door Gods poster.jpeg
Directed by Gary Wang
Written by Gary Wang[1]
Distributed by Alibaba Pictures[2]
The Weinstein Company (US)[3]
Release date
  • January 1, 2016 (2016-01-01)
Running time
107 minutes
Country China
Language Mandarin English [United states]
Budget around US$12 million[4]
Box office US$147 million[5]

Little Door Gods (simplified Chinese: 小门神; traditional Chinese: 小門神), also known as Door Guardians, or The Guardian Brothers in the US,[4][3] is a 2016 Chinese animated fantasy comedy film directed and written by Gary Wang, produced by Light Chaser Animation Studios and distributed by Alibaba Pictures.[2] It was originally released on January 1, 2016 in China.[6] An English-language version that is 20 minutes shorter premiered September 1, 2017, on Netflix.[7][8]


Yu Lei and Shen Tu, ancient Han Chinese door gods, have for many years guarded almost nothing instead. Only one door remains under their protection. The brothers are on the brink of being downsized by the Spirit World's new management. They are, along with all the gods, seen as irrelevant by the humans who once traded worship for their protective presence at each set of double entrance doors. Yu Lei, upon hearing of the true reason the humans have forgotten the gods, swears to release the shapeshifting Nian from the three seals it was imprisoned within long ago. Shen Tu, left behind in his brother's fury, sets out to stop him.

Meanwhile, a little girl named Raindrop, Rain for short, returns with her mother to the little town in which three generations of her grandmothers have kept a little restaurant serving only wonton soup; the restaurant's doors are the only ones the immortal brothers still guard. When first Yu Lei and then Shen Tu enter the world of the humans, the barrier between humans and spirit worlds is broken.

Voice cast

Original Chinese cast

  • Gao Xiaosong as Shen Tu
  • Show Joy as Laohu
  • White. K as Yu Lei
  • Ji Guanlin as Huaxia
  • Cindy Yu as Raindrop
  • Bi Xiaolan as Ying

English language cast


The film earned US$10 million on its opening weekend.[2]


  1. ^ "Watch the First Trailer for China's 'Little Door Gods'". Cartoon Brew. September 24, 2015. Retrieved August 23, 2017. 
  2. ^ a b c Tartaglione, Nancy (January 3, 2016). "'Star Wars', Local-Language & Family Pics Lead; 'Sherlock' Shines In Korea – Intl B.O." Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved January 4, 2016. 
  3. ^ a b c "Weinstein Co. Launches Mizchief Label For Children's Animated Features". Cartoon Brew. August 20, 2017. Retrieved August 23, 2017. 
  4. ^ a b Amid Amidi (March 11, 2015). "'Door Guardians' Teaser Shows Off China's CGI Capabilities". Retrieved October 3, 2015. 
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  6. ^ "小门神 (2016)". (in Chinese). Retrieved October 3, 2015. 
  7. ^ "Weinstein Co. Releases 'The Guardian Brothers' On Netflix". Cartoon Brew. 4 September 2017. 
  8. ^ "The Weinstein Co. Releases 'The Guardian Brothers' on Netflix | Rotoscopers". 
  9. ^ "The Weinstein Company Announces Animation Label Mizchief". August 18, 2017. Retrieved August 23, 2017. 

External links

  • Little Door Gods on IMDb

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