Rudolph to Ippaiattena Children's Books Get 3D CG Film Adaptation
posted on by Rafael Antonio Pineda
Japanese film production and distribution company TOHO unveiled a new 3D CG film titled Rudolph to Ippaiattena on Friday. The film will adapt Hiroshi Saitō's original 1986 children's book of the same name. The film will star Mao Inoue and Ryohei Suzuki in the lead roles, with Inoue playing Rudolph, and Suzuki playing Ippaiattena. The film will be Suzuki's first foray into voice acting.
TOHO also opened the film's website, which is streaming a promotional video.
Narrator: The masterpiece becomes a movie.
Narrator: Rudolph, a small, black cat separated from his beloved owner. The truck finds its way to the big city, Tokyo.
Text: My name is Rudolph. What's your name?
Text: Name? Got a lot (ippai atte na).
Text: Gotalot (Ippaiattena)? That's a strange name.
Text: The boss cat, Ippaiattena
Narrator: An adventure filled with surprises and friendship begins.
Narrator and Logo: Rudolph to Ippaiattena
Text: Rudolph: Mao Inoue, Ippaiattena: Ryohei Suzuki
The film is slated to debut in summer 2016.
Kunihiko Yuyama (Pokémon films) and Motonori Sakakibara (Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within, Pac-World) will co-direct the film using a script by Yoichi Kato (Yōkai Watch, Aikatsu!). OLM Digital and Sprite Animation Studios will animate the film.
Saitō published Rudolph to Ippaiattena, the first of the children's book series, in 1986. He followed up with the second and third books, Rudolph to Tomodachi Hitoridachi and Rudolph to Ikuneko Kuroneko, in 1988 and 2002, respectively. He published the fourth and latest book in the series, Rudolph to Snow White, in 2012.