Amazon Streams Nippon Animation's Sinbad Film Trilogy With English Subtitles, Dub

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Nippon Animation, Shirogumi produced trilogy as Nippon Animation's 40th anniversary work

Amazon US is currently streaming the three films in Nippon Animation's recent Sinbad anime film trilogy.

Each film has a runtime of around 50 minutes, and all the films are available for Amazon Prime members only. While the first film (A Flying Princess and a Secret Island) is available currently only in a subtitled format, the second and third films in the trilogy (The Magic Lamp and the Moving Islands and Night at High Noon and the Wonder Gate) are available in both English subtitled and English dub formats.

Amazon describes A Flying Princess and a Secret Island:

An anime trilogy based on the literary classic 'The Arabian Nights.” A hardworking and curious boy named SINBAD dreams of becoming a sailor and traveling around the world. One day, he encounters a mysterious girl on a flying wooden horse and a group of men who chases her by flying carpets. Flying carpet, iron ship, attacking giant birds, and the secret island… Many hardships remain ahead of him!

The film opened in Japan in July 2015.

Amazon describes The Magic Lamp and the Moving Islands:

Sinbad and the crews of the Bahr go out in search for the comrades of Sana, the princess of a legendary sorcerer clan. While repairing a damaged ship after a heavy storm, Sana feels the presence of the Magic Lamp. On the nearby island, they search for the lamp, but the hand of a demon intent on Sana draws close. What is the Magic Lamp? Where are Sana's comrades? The adventure continues!

The film opened in Japan in January 2016.

Amazon describes Night at High Noon and the Wonder Gate:

The search for Sana's comrades continues. Sara who opens up her heart to Sinbad reveals her horrible story of how her father's apprentice Galip destroyed the peaceful kingdom and her family by using the wizardly power. Suddenly the Magic Lamp shows the passage “to the Wonder Gate to the land of ancestors that appears in the Night at High Noon,” but Galip's solders block their path.

The film opened in Japan in May 2016.

Nippon Animation collaborated with Shirogumi to plan and produce the project as Nippon Animation's 40th anniversary work. Shinpei Miyashita (Doraemon: Nobita No Kyoryu assistant director) directed the trilogy. Yoshiharu Satō (My Neighbor Totoro, Only Yesterday) was the character designer and animation director, and Hiroyuki Kawasaki (Ronja the Robber's Daughter) was in charge of the scripts. Kaeko Hayafune wrote the actual scripts. Aeon Entertainment distributed the films in Japan. whiteeeen performed the theme song "Pocket" for all three films.

The films starred:

  • Momoko Tanabe as Sana
  • Tomo Muranaka as Sinbad
  • Nao Nagasawa as Ali
  • Tadashi Miyazawa as Najib
  • Takeshi Kaga as Captain Razak

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. The company is credited for the visual effects in the live-action movie Always: Sunset on Third Street, and the animation production for the 2014 movie Stand By Me Doraemon. Shirogumi has also made cinematics for video games such as No More Heroes, Demon's Souls, and Tales of Hearts.

[Via WTK]

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