The Boy and The Beast Anime Film Previewed in English/Japanese Clips

posted on 2016-02-26 16:00 EST
Latest Mamoru Hosoda film will have U.S. theatrical premiere on March 4

Funimation began streaming two clips this week for its upcoming theatrical opening of Mamoru Hosoda's The Boy and The Beast anime film. The both clips are available in both Japanese and English audio.



The film's official English website previously streamed the film's official Japanese and English theatrical trailers earlier this month.

Funimation describes the film:

When Kyuta, a young orphan living on the streets of Shibuya, stumbles into a fantastic world of beasts, he's taken in by Kumatetsu, a gruff, rough-around-the-edges warrior beast who's been searching for the perfect apprentice. Despite their constant bickering, Kyuta and Kumatetsu begin training together and slowly form a bond as surrogate father and son. But when a deep darkness threatens to throw the human and beast worlds into chaos, the strong bond between this unlikely pair will be put to the ultimate test—a final showdown that will only be won if the two can finally work together using all of their combined strength and courage.

The Fantasic Film Festival in Austin hosted the U.S. premiere of the film with English subtitles in September. Laemmle's Music Hall theater in Beverly Hills, California also screened the film for a week last December. The New York International Children's Film Festival (NYICFF) will screen the film at the DGA Theatre on Friday, ahead of the film's nationwide theatrical opening on March 4.

Theatrical screenings have also been set for France, and the major French movie studio Gaumont is handling international sales outside Asia. Funimation is working with Gaumont International to release the film.

Funimation mentioned that it is working closely with Hosoda to develop the English dub. The original Japanese cast and the English dub cast includes:

The film debuted at #1 in the Japanese box-office on July 11 and earned 667,035,100 yen (about US$5.4 million) in its first two days. It eventually surpassed the total box office earnings of Hosoda's previous film, Wolf Children. The film was the second-highest grossing domestic film in Japan in 2015.

Hosoda (Summer Wars, Wolf Children) created and scripted the movie. The film is Hosoda's first film since 2012, when his relatively new animation movie company Studio Chizu released Wolf Children as its first project. Masakatsu Takagi (Wolf Children) scored the soundtrack.

Yen Press licensed the film's novel and manga adaptation, and it will release the novel and the first volume of the manga on February 23.

The film was submitted for nomination in the Animated Feature Film category of the 88th Academy Awards, but it did not receive one.

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