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Shimajirō Anime Gets 1st 3D CG Film on February 28

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Latest anime film for Benesse children's character that also spawned TV anime

The official website for Benesse Corporation's Shimajirō anime franchise revealed on Friday that the franchise will have a new anime film titled Shimajirō to Sora Tobu Fune (Shimajirō and the Flying Ship). The film is billed as the franchise's first 3D CG anime film, and it will open on February 28.


The film's story centers on Jin, an inventor squirrel who lives in Greenwood, a land far beyond the sea. Rain has not come to Greenwood in a long while, and to solve the land's problem, Jin decides to build a flying ship to make the rain fall, and enlists Shimajirō's help.

Takamitsu Kawamura is directing the film, with a script by Masafumi Sugiura.

The cast includes Omi Minami, Miki Takahashi, Takumi Yamazaki, Saori Sugimoto, and Minoru Inaba.

The original Shima Shima Tora no Shimajirou television anime aired in Japan from 1993 to 2008. The sequel Hakken Taiken Daisuki! Shimajirō aired from 2008 to 2010 and continued under the new title Shimajirō Hesoka from April 2010 to March 2012. The Shimajirō no Wow! anime and variety series premiered in 2012, and was nominated in the Animation category of the International Emmy Kids Awards in October 2015. Eiga Shimajirō: Mahō no Shima no Daibōken (Shimajirō the Movie: Great Adventure on Magic Island), the franchise's first full-length, all-animation film, opened in Japan in March 2018. Another film opened on March 15.

Sources: Shimajirō franchise's website, MoCa News


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