Summer Wars One of 15 Films Submitted to Academy, Initial Theatre Dates

As you may have heard, FUNimation Entertainment, with the help of New York City-based distribution company GKIDS, has submitted the animated sci-fi action film SUMMER WARS for consideration in the category of Animated Feature Film by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

The submission of the Mamoru Hosoda film features the English-language track starring Michael Sinterniklaas and Brina Palencia and ADR directed by Mike McFarland. It is this English dub that will be seen in theatres across the U.S. starting with its New York City debut at the IFC Center on November 20.

Other initial dates include:

Dec 3-8 Chicago,IL- Siskel Film Center
Dec 10-16 Los Angeles, CA – AMC Covina 30
Dec 24-30 San Francisco, CA- Landmark Bridge Theater
Dec 29-Jan 4 New York, NY- IFC Center
Jan 5-12 Boston, MA- Museum of Fine Arts
Jan 7-13 Denver, CO- Starz Film Center
Jan 7-13 Santa Fe, NM- CCA Cinematheque
Jan 14-20 Los Angeles, CA- Laemmle Sunset
Jan 21-27 Philadelphia, PA- Landmark Ritz at the Bourse
Jan 23-Feb 3 Honolulu, HI- Academy of Arts,
Jan 28-Feb 3 Seattle, WA- Landmark Varsity

For tickets and showtimes, check with each individual theater. Additional dates will be released in the coming weeks.

Meanwhile, SUMMER WARS continues it's North American film festival run featuring the original Japanese-language/English subtitled film.


Produced by Madhouse and directed by Mamoru Hosoda. SUMMER WARS is the second full-length film that Hosoda has made as a freelance director. The first, THE GIRL WHO LEAPT THROUGH TIME, an animated movie in which the teenage heroine discovers that she can travel to the past, received rave reviews from critics and audiences worldwide.

SUMMER WARS reunites many who worked on that film, including scriptwriter Satoko Okudera and character designer Yoshiyuki Sadamoto.

The SUMMER WARS story begins with Kenji, a timid math prodigy who seems better suited for virtual worlds than his more intimidating high school. When class cutie Natsuki asks Kenji to accompany her on a family trip to celebrate her great-grandmother's 90th birthday, he instantly agrees, not realizing she intends to present him to her family as her fiance - a ruse that forces Kenji, who hides behind an avatar online, to role-play in the real world as well.

The plot thickens after Kenji solves a math riddle that inadvertently brings a worldwide social networking site to its knees and throws the real world into confusion. Suddenly, this large family in rural Japan must work together to stave off a world crisis.

SUMMER WARS has screened at film festivals worldwide, including the Sitges International Film Festival of Catalonia, the Berlin International Film Festival, the Sydney Film Festival, Locarno Film Festival, the Hawaii International Film Festival, and the New York International Children's Festival and was nominated for an award at the prestigious Annecy International Animation Film Festival. Hosoda's previous offering, THE GIRL WHO LEAPT THROUGH TIME, won the Special Distinction for Feature Films in 2007.

SUMMER WARS also won the prize for Best Animated Film at the 33rd Japanese Academy Awards earlier this year and made an impressive $18.3 million at the Japanese box office.

FUNimation Entertainment will release the film on DVD and Blu-ray in February 2011.

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