2020 Doraemon Anime Film Opens in the Philippines on Friday
posted on by Rafael Antonio Pineda
Philippine cinema chain SM Cinema announced on Tuesday that it will open the 2020 Doraemon film Eiga Doraemon: Nobita no Shin Kyōryū (Doraemon the Movie: Nobita's New Dinosaur) in the Philippines on Friday. It had slated the film to open on August 28, but delayed the screening due to the new coronavirus disease (COVID-19).
The film opened in Japan in August 2020, after being postponed from its original March 6 opening in order to curb the spread of COVID-19. The film opened at #1 in 377 theaters in its first weekend. The film sold 630,000 tickets for 761 million yen (about US$7.13 million) from August 7-9. As of October 11, the film had sold 2.67 million tickets for a cumulative total of 3,219,738,200 yen (about US$30.55 million).
The film's story begins with Nobita meeting two twin dinosaurs named Kyu and Myu. Despite the film's similarity in title to Doraemon the Movie: Nobita's Dinosaur, the first film in the franchise, the story is completely different. The new film is the franchise's 40th, and it marks the 50th anniversary of the original manga.
Kazuaki Imai, an episode director on the Doraemon television anime, and the director of 2018's Doraemon the Movie: Nobita's Treasure Island film, directed the 40th film. Genki Kawamura also returned from the 2018 film to pen the new film's script. Mr. Children performed the theme songs "Birthday" and "Kimi to Kasaneta Monologue" for the film. The film is the franchise's first to feature two theme songs, and it is also the first work for which Mr. Children have written two songs.