Mirai Nominated for Critic's Choice Awards
posted on by Rafael Antonio Pineda
The Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA) announced its nominees for the 24th Annual Critics' Choice Awards on Monday. Mamoru Hosoda and Studio Chizu's Mirai film received a nomination in the Best Animated Feature category.
The other nominees included The Grinch, The Incredibles 2, Isle of Dogs, Ralph Breaks the Internet, and Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse. The winners will be announced at an awards gala on January 13.
The film is nominated in the Best Motion Picture – Animated category for the 76th Annual Golden Globes on January 6, and is also nominated in two categories for the 46th Annual Annie Awards on February 2.
GKIDS and Fathom Events began screening the film in 700 U.S. theaters on November 29, and the film also screened on December 5 and December 8. GKIDS also held its own theatrical release in the United States on November 30.
The 100-minute film opened at #2 at the box office in Japan on July 20.
The film's story centers around a family living in a small house in an obscure corner of a certain city — in particular, the family's spoiled four-year-old boy Kun-chan. When Kun-chan gets a little sister named Mirai, he feels that his new sister stole his parents' love from him, and is overwhelmed by many experiences he undergoes for the first time in his life. In the midst of it all, he meets an older version of Mirai, who has come from the future.
Hosoda directed the film at his Studio Chizu, and is also credited as scriptwriter and for the original story. Hiroyuki Aoyama (animation director of The Girl Who Leapt Through Time, Summer Wars, and The Boy and the Beast) and Ayako Hata (key animator on the same films) returned for this new film as animation directors. Yohei Takamatsu and Takashi Omori, who Hosoda had previously worked with on The Boy and the Beast, returned as art directors. Producer Yuichiro Saito returned from Hosoda's earlier films.