GKIDS has acquired the North American rights to Modest Heroes: Ponoc Short Films Theatre, Volume 1 – an animated trilogy of stories from Studio Ponoc directors Hiromasa Yonebayashi, Yoshiyuki Momose and Akihiko Yamashita.
Theatrical release for the film – which follows Studio Ponoc’s When Marnie Was There – is January, 2019.
In The Night Is Short, Walk On Girl, a group of teens go out for a night on the town and a sophomore known only as “The Girl with Black Hair” experiences a series of surreal encounters with the local nightlife…
The Night Is Short, Walk On Girl – from acclaimed director Masaaki Yuasa (Devilman Crybaby, Lu Over the Wall, Mind Game) – will premiere in select theaters on August 22nd, thanks to a partnership between GKids and Fathom Events.
From Academy Award®-nominee Hiromasa Yonebayashi – animator on Studio Ghibli masterpieces Spirited Away, Howl’s Moving Castle, and Ponyo, and director of When Marnie Was There and The Secret World of Arrietty – comes a dazzling new adventure about a young girl named Mary, who discovers a flower that grants magical powers, but only for one night.
Watch the opening three minutes from Mary and The Witch’s Flower – then watch for Mary and The Witch’s Flower in theaters on January 19th.
The inaugural Animation Is Film festival has announced its full slate of films from Asia, Europe, South America and North America, with both juried and audience prizes, with filmmakers attending for most screenings.
The festival will also feature studio events, special screenings, short film programs, and VR lounge.
Animation Is Film will take place at TCL Chinese 6 Theater from October 22-24.
Animation Is Film announced today the preliminary competition line-up and jury for its inaugural edition. The Festival will present a selection of new animated feature films from Asia, Europe, South America and North America, with both juried and audience prizes. The full festival line-up will be announced and tickets will be on sale starting September 20 at animationisfilm.com.
The festival launches October 20-22 at the TCL Chinese 6 Theater in Hollywood. The Festival will present a highly selective showcase of animated films from around the world, plus red carpet, filmmaker Q&As, special events, receptions, and both juried and audience awards.
Kokone Morikawa has a bad habit of napping during the day, but when her father disappears three days before the 2020 Tokyo Olympics – and is accused of stealing technology from a powerful corporation.
Kokone enlists the aid of childhood friend Morio to find him – and they realize that her dreams (of a world with incredible motorized contraptions) are the key to finding him – and the mystery of the stolen tech.
GKIDS is bringing Napping Princess – directed by Kenji Kamiyama (Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex) – to North America in both dubbed and original Japanese voice tracks. It opens in Los Angeles and New York on September 8th – before platforming across the continent.