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The exhibitor notes at the Tokyo International Anime Fair (TAF) 2010 website have revealed this week that "The King's Daughter Cries for the Moon," a short story by British author Eleanor Farjeon, is being adapted into a Japanese/Korean animation feature film. The Union Cho animation studio plans to release The Moon - Tsuki ga Hoshii to Ōjo-sama ga Naita comical fairy-tale fantasy in Spring of 2011.
The story centers on a princess who wishes to reach the Moon one night. Her journey and resulting disappearance raise clamor and chaos throughout the royal palace and among the creatures of the kingdom.
Farjeon first published the original story in The Little Bookroom, the 1955 short story collection that earned the author the first Hans Christian Andersen Award and the Carnegie Medal. Excerpts from the 25-page story are posted on the Google Books website.
Source: Saishin Anime Jōhō
Image © Lee Myungha, Union Cho