The Bears' School Picture Books Get Anime Movie in 2010
posted on by Egan Loo
The official website of Nami Adachi and Hiroyuki Aihara's The Bears' School (Kuma no Gakkō) picture books has announced on Wednesday that a theatrical film version will open in 2010. The story follows 12 bear cubs living in a dormitory on the top of a mountain. TOHO will distribute the film in Japan in a double-billing with the stop-motion animated film based on Russia's Cheburashka character.
As an artist-writer team, Adachi and Aihara launched the book series with Kuma no Gakkō First in August of 2002, and Bronze Publishing Inc. (Bronze Shinsha) has since sold 1.39 million copies of the series' dozen volumes. The Fanworks studio (Hanoka, Decodeco Town) is animating The Bears' School film in cooperation with Charaken. Susumu Kudo (Hoop Days, Kimi ga Aruji de Shitsuji ga Ore de, Mirage of Blaze) is currently directing a Japanese Cheburashka Arere? television anime which debuted on October 7.
Image © Bandai/The Bears' School Film Production Committee
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