37th Doraemon Film Features Cameo by Japanese Comedy Duo Savanna

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37th Doraemon film opens in Japan on March 4

The official website for the Eiga Doraemon: Nobita no Nankyoku Kachi Kochi Daibōken (Doraemon the Movie 2017: Great Adventure in the Antarctic Kachi Kochi) anime film announced on January 8 that the Japanese comedy duo Savanna, consisting of Masumi Yagi and Shigeo Takahashi, will make a cameo appearance in the film. Yagi and Takahashi will voice Octogon and Yamitem respectively, a pair of stone statues who seek to protect the ancient ruins in Antarctica.

The film will have an original story in which Nobita and his friends find a strange frozen ring, which guides them to Antarctica in search of its owner. There, they stumble upon some ancient ruins and begin an adventure, facing the danger that the Earth may become frozen.

The website previously streamed a second trailer for the film in December, which previews the film's theme song "Boku no Kokoro wo Tsukutteyo" (Make My Heart) by Ken Hirai.

The film will feature three new characters: Paopao, a mysterious creature that looks just like a creature that appeared in the 2009 film Doraemon: Shin Nobita no Uchū Kaitakushi; Professor Hyakkoi, an old man who arrives on Earth and seeks the ring to save the frozen star Hyōga Hyōga; and Kaara, a mysterious girl who arrives on Earth accompanying Professor Hyakkoi.

The film will premiere in Japan on March 4 as the 37th film in the Doraemon franchise. Atsushi Takahashi (Blue Exorcist film, Rideback director) is directing and scripting the film, and TOHO is distributing. The film will also get a manga adaptation by Shintarō Mugiwara, as well as a Nintendo 3DS game shipping on March 2.

Eiga Doraemon Shin Nobita no Nihon Tanjō (Doraemon the Movie: Nobita and the Birth of Japan 2016), the 36th anime film in the Doraemon franchise, opened in Japan in March 2016. The film is a remake of the Doraemon: Nobita no Nihon Tanjō (Doraemon: Nobita at the Birth of Japan) film, which originally opened in Japan in March 1989.

A new run of the 2008 Doraemon: Nobita to Animal Planet (Doraemon: Nobita and the Animal Planet) stage play also premieres in March. The play adapts the 1990 movie of the same name.

Source: Anime! Anime! (Kōsuke Obana)

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