Studio 4°C's MFKZ Animated Film Wins MPTE Animation Award
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The Motion Picture and Television Engineering Society of Japan (MPTE) announced on Tuesday that Studio 4°C's and Guillaume "Run" Renard's Mutafukaz (MFKZ), the animated film based on Renard's comic series of the same name, won the Animation category of its 72nd MPTE Awards. The award ceremony will be held at Academy Hills in Roppongi Hills, Tokyo on October 31.
Mutafukaz screened at the Annecy International Animation Film Festival in June 2017. The movie opened in France in May 2018 and screened in Japan and the U.S. in October 2018. The project was first announced in 2011.
French video game and comics publisher Ankama and Japan's Studio 4°C (Tekkon Kinkreet, Berserk: The Golden Age Arc) co-produced the project. Renard himself directed the film with Tekkon Kinkreet animation director Shoujirou Nishimi. Shinji Kimura (Tekkon Kinkreet, Steamboy) served as art director.
Renard's original comic series is set in "Dark Meat City" — a "pre-apocalyptic American urban jungle" — and revolves around Angelino, a young man whose scooter accident results in the acquisition of supernatural powers. Ankama's official website for the comic stated that it is inspired by science fiction of the 1950s, hip hop music, and wrestling.
Titan Comics released the first volume of the original French graphic novel in English-speaking countries in 2015.