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Sunrise Animates 1st Feature of Kaiketsu Zorori Kids' Books

posted on by Egan Loo
Story of mischievous bandit fox who dreams of becoming the "King of Pranks"

The anime studio Sunrise announced on Saturday that the first full-length feature film adaptation of Yutaka Hara's Kaiketsu Zorori (The Incredible Zorori) children's books has been green-lit. The Kaiketsu Zorori Da-Da-Da-Daibōken! (The Incredible Zorori's G-G-G-Great Adventure!) film will open this winter.

Hara's books follow Zorori, a mischievous bandit fox who dreams of becoming the "King of Pranks." Zorori aims to "build my own castle and make a beautiful princess my wife," and he embarks on one misadventure after another with his two boar companions Ishishi and Noshishi. In the film, Zorori is after a trove of riches discovered by the treasure hunter Zorondo Ron.

Hara's books already inspired a 1993 film, a 2004-2005 television anime series, a second television anime from 2005 to 2007, and a second film in 2006. (These earlier films were short works that were screened with other anime.) Tomoko Iwasaki, an episode director on the Kaiketsu Zorori televison series and Inazuma Eleven, will direct the new film at Sunrise and Asia-Do.

Image © 2012 Yutaka Hara/Poplar Publishing, Kaiketsu Zorori the Movie Production Committee

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