Nippon Animation Makes Sinbad Adventure Film for July

posted on by Rafael Antonio Pineda
Movie inspired by Arabian Nights marks anime studio's 40th anniversary

The anime studio Nippon Animation confirmed on Friday that it is making the adventure anime film Sinbad: Sora Tobu Hime to Himitsu no Shima (Sinbad: The Flying Princess and the Secret Island) to celebrate its 40th anniversary. The family film is opening in Japan in July, and Nippon Animation and Shirogumi are collaborating on planning and producing it. The movie's tagline reads, "We can go anywhere in the world."

The film's story begins when Sinbad, the sailor made famous in the One Thousand and One Nights (Arabian Nights) stories, dreams of voyaging to an unknown world. He and his pet monkey Mimi encounter Sana, a girl riding a flying wooden horse. "The wind shifted…."

Shinpei Miyashita (Doraemon: Nobita no Kyōryū assistant director) is directing the film. The character designer and animation director is Yoshiharu Satō (My Neighbor Totoro, Only Yesterday), and Hiroyuki Kawasaki (Ronja the Robber's Daughter) is in charge of the "series" scripts. (Kawasaki's series kōsei position usually appears in the credits of anime with multiple episodes.) Kaeko Hayafune wrote the actual script. Aeon Entertainment is distributing the film.

Shirogumi producer Kentarō Koike and Nippon Animation producer Takashi Inoue offer a comment: "The theme of the project is 'succession,' and the precious things a parent can pass on to a child that is inherited through the generations. We'll depict this through a timeless work in a form for the present day."

Nippon Animation was founded in 1975 as an animation studio and are best known for making the World Masterpiece Theater, a decades-long string of television anime based on children's literature. World Masterpiece Theater included Anne of Green Gables, Dog of Flanders, and Rascal the Raccoon. Nippon Animation also animated both the 1990 Chibi Maruko-chan television series and its current incarnation that has been airing since 1995.

Shirogumi is an animation studio that specializes in visual effects and CG graphics. They are credited for the visual effects in the live-action movie Always: Sunset on Third Street, and the animation production in last year's hit movie Stand By Me Doraemon. They have also made cinematics for video games such as No More Heroes, Demon's Souls, and Tales of Hearts.


Image © Project Sinbad

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