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Deep in the desert, on the Grand Oasis lives an active little oryx named Hardy, who is the son of
the oryx leader – Mertiny. However, Anthos, the leader of the wolves, led the pack to attack the
Grand Oasis. Under the protection of others, Hardy escaped and headed for the northern Sweet
Oasis to seek reinforcements. On his way, he met and made friend with a camel named Ruta.
Sarir, the leader of the Sweet Oasis, warmly welcomed Hardy and elected him as the bellwether
of the Oryx Empire. Little Hardy lost himself in the careless life and didn't sense Sarir's big
conspiracy. He was set up and was expelled from the Sweet Oasis. Hardy, lost his parents, home
and herd, with the help of his friends Ruta and a Kungfu master - a gerbil named Lee, gradually
understood that more power means more responsibility.
For the glory of the empire and for the peace of the desert, Hardy decided to return to the
Grand Oasis and take his home back.
At the same time, a long-hidden secret was also gradually being revealed. Those heroes who
contributed silently for the glory of their homeland were always worth remembering.

  • Lucas Qiao
  • Wen Fang
  • Feng Qian
  • Project Type:
    Animation, Feature
  • Runtime:
    1 hour 30 minutes 13 seconds
  • Production Budget:
    12,000,000 USD
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Director Biography - Lucas Qiao

Mr. Lucas Qiao, award-winning General Director, who is also a visiting professor of top universities in China.
Mr. Lucas Qiao was graduated from Directing Department, Shanghai Theatre Academy in 1995. After that he was hired by Nanjing Film Studio as the Producer Director.
Mr. Lucas Qiao joined Ori Animation ( in August 2006, who has directed 5 animated feature films, including 3D CGI and classic hand-drawn, all targeted at family audience. His current project budgeted at $25M USD is now in pre-production, working together with the storyboard team of The Lion King (2019) and the screenwriter of The Curse of the Were-Rabbit (2005).

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Director Statement

I hope the return will bring the aftertaste of the classics to the world that missing for a long time. This is a complex and huge project, we pay attention to every single detail to make the film perfect, to move the audience. We really hope that the audience could be able to relate to hardy's growth.