This article originally appeared on ABACUS Peppa Pig is huge in China. And next year’s the Year of the Pig . So what does that mean? Well, China might be getting a Peppa Pig holiday movie in Lunar New Year 2019. A government document listing upcoming movie projects shows a new film in the works titled “Peppa Pig spends the Lunar New Year”. Co-developed by Alibaba Pictures and Entertainment One , which currently produces Peppa Pig -- the film will feature not just the regular cast, but also two new characters named Dumpling and Glutinous Rice Ball , who are apparently siblings. (Abacus is a unit of the South China Morning Post, which is owned by Alibaba.) The news quickly drew a lot of interest online. The most liked comment on Weibo said, “So this movie is about Peppa Pig being made into a pork dumpling?” (Dining together as a family is a big part of Chinese New Year traditions.) All jokes aside, China has a complicated relationship with Peppa Pig. The show is insanely popular in China, racking up over 34 billion views in just two years. But Peppa's sky-high popularity has also made the child-friendly character a source material for memes and video remixes intended for a more mature audience. In a strange twist of fate , Peppa Pig has now also become a cultist symbol for “ gangster attitude ” in China. At one point, tens of thousands of Peppa Pig videos were temporarily banned from one of the country’s biggest short video platform, Douyin. Netizens speculated whether this was a government-led crackdown on the anthropomorphic swine. At the time, the Communist Party’s mouthpiece People’s Daily commented , “It is worrisome to many that Peppa Pig has been made bad. Nowadays, there are quite a number of students trying to be special. Some people are in a vanity race to brandish their Peppa Pig-themed attire and watches.” Why did a Chinese video site ban Peppa Pig? For more insights into China tech, sign up for our tech newsletters , subscribe to our Inside China Tech podcast , and download the comprehensive 2019 China Internet Report . Also roam China Tech City , an award-winning interactive digital map at our sister site Abacus .