The Bears' School, Tinny Anime Films' Trailer Streamed
posted on by Karen Ressler
The official website for the anime films of the Kuma no Gakkō (The Bears' School) and Tinny - Fūsen Inu Monogatari (Tinny - Balloon Dog Story) picture books began streaming a promotional video for the films on Monday. The video features the films' theme song "Sayonara da yo, Mister" (It's Goodbye, Mister) by Daisuke Yokoyama and Sara Honda.
The films opened together in Japan on Friday.
The main cast of Eiga Kuma no Gakkō: Patissier Jackie to Ohisama no Sweets includes:
- Rikako Aida as Jackie
- Nao Tōyama as Mindy
- TARAKO as Sue
- Rin Mizuhara as Grandmother
- Cho as village headman
- Hidenori Takahashi as Jean Pierre
- Hiroki Gotō as M.C.
- Katsuyuki Konishi, Kishō Taniyama, Kenichi Suzumura, Takahiro Sakurai as Older Brother Bears
- Eri Ebihara as narrator
The anime features characters from the original picture books as well as original characters. Tetsuro Kodama returned from the 2010 film and first season of the Ganbare! Lulu Lolo - Tiny Twin Bears television anime to direct at BN Pictures. Hiroyuki Aihara returned from the previous film and all three television series to write the script. Kaori Hino also returned as art director, and Masashi Hamauzu (Typhoon Noruda, ClassicaLoid) composed the music.
The film's story centers on Jackie, a bear who ate everyone's sweets by herself. After angering her older brothers, Jackie meets the apprentice pâtissier Mindy. Sweets-loving Jackie joins Mindy to study under Mindy's grandmother, who is the pâtissier at the Sweets Land sweet shop. However, the head of the village is plotting to take over Sweets Land.
The main cast of Fūsen Inu Tinny: Nandaka Fushigi na Kyōryū no Kuni includes:
- Yumiko Kobayashi as Tinny
- Misato Fukuen as Rabby
- Chiwa Saito as Penny and Gwinn
- Fumie Mizusawa as Piggy
- Shintarou Oohata as Lyeon
- Kana Hanazawa as Nitty
- Sara Honda as Torii
- Kouichi Yamadera as narrator, Keron
Honda, a figure skater and actress, also performed the chorus in the anime films' theme song.
Daiki Inaba returned from the television anime series Fūsen Inu Tinny (Balloon Dog Tinny) to direct at Craftar. Kimiko Ueno (Eiga Crayon Shin-chan: Ora no Hikkoshi Monogatari ~Saboten Daishūgeki, Mysterious Joker) also returned to write the script. Hiroshi Sakai, Yōsuke Ōmomo, Mai Matsumura, and Mariko Tokunaga were producers. Shojiro Nakaoka (Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children) composed the music and provided the effects.
In the film's story, Tinny and Nitty are playing in a garden one day when a balloon egg suddenly falls out of the sky. The baby balloon dinosaur Torii hatches out of the egg and calls the pair "Papa" and "Mama." Tinny and friends again venture to the balloon animal world above the clouds to search for Torii's true parents. They reunite with forgetful Rabby and other companions.
The world of balloon dinosaurs lies through golden cumulonimbus clouds. With help from new balloon dinosaur friends, Tinny and his group arrive at Torii's homeland, the country of the Triceratops. However, the baby dinosaur's parents are nowhere to be found, and someone is stealing a lot of balloon dinosaur eggs.
As an artist-writer team, Nami Adachi and Hiroyuki Aihara launched the Kuma no Gakkō book series with Kuma no Gakkō First in August 2002 under the publisher and Bronze Publishing Inc. (Bronze Shinsha). Adachi and Aihara have written 14 books in the main series and six related books. The books inspired The Bears' School anime film in 2010, as well as the Ganbare! Lulu Lolo - Tiny Twin Bears television anime series, which ran for three seasons in 2013, 2014, and 2016 respectively. The studio Fanworks animated the film and the three television anime.
Kuma no Gakkō celebrates its 15th anniversary this year. The book series has more than 2.2 million copies in print, and has been published in China, Taiwan, South Korea, and France.
Genki Kawamura and Kenjirō Sano write and draw the Tinny - Fūsen Inu Monogatari book series, which began in 2014, and now has six books in the series. The book series has previously been adapted into a two-season television anime series titled Fūsen Inu Tinny (Balloon Dog Tinny). The first season premiered on NHK in September 2014 with 26 episodes. The second season aired on NHK from September 2015 to March 2016.
The books also received a manga adaptation titled Fūsen Kyōryū-hen (Balloon Dinosaur) in Magazine House's CasaBRUTUS magazine that started in January 2016. The new movie will portray a story also featuring the world of Balloon Dinosaurs, where Tinny finds a balloon dinosaur egg on the surface and sets out to return it.