The World of Yo-kai Watch Grows as 'Yo-kai Watch: The Movie Event' Comes to Movie Theaters
Fathom Events, ELEVEN ARTS and LEVEL-5 Bring the First English-Language Dubbed YO-KAI WATCH Film to the Big Screen on Saturday, October 15
DENVER – September 20, 2016 – “Watch out!” as Yo-kai invade U.S. movie theaters when Fathom Events, ELEVEN ARTS and LEVEL-5 present “YO-KAI WATCH: THE MOVIE EVENT” on Saturday, October 15, 2016 at 11:00 a.m. local time. This first English-language dubbed theatrical presentation brings back the voice actors from the beloved Disney XD TV series, reprising their acclaimed roles as Nate, Jibanyan, Whisper and more; plus, the film introduces new characters, including an all-new Yo-kai named Hovernyan, a floating blue cat who is Nathaniel's heroic companion. This exclusive event also features a never-before-seen sneak peek of the new episode of YO-KAI WATCH. Fans who attend “YO-KAI WATCH: THE MOVIE EVENT” will receive an exclusive YO-MOTION YO-KAI WATCH Hovernyan Medal on a first come, first served basis. The medals can be used with the upcoming Yo-Motion Yo-kai Watch, unlock special content in the LEVEL-5 apps YO-KAI WATCH LAND, YO-KAI WATCH Wibble Wobble and unlock special features and bonuses in the Nintendo 3DS games. Following the movie theater event, fans can continue to participate in Yo-Kai Watch Day activities by going to their nearest GameStop.
Tickets for “YO-KAI WATCH: THE MOVIE EVENT” can be purchased online by visiting www.FathomEvents.com or at participating theater box offices. Fans throughout the U.S will be able to enjoy the event in nearly 300 select movie theaters through Fathom's Digital Broadcast Network. For a complete list of theater locations, visit the Fathom Events website (theaters and participants are subject to change).
The film, which features the voice talent of the hit Disney XD show, follows Nate Adams and his Yo-kai friends, Whisper and Jibanyan, as they're transported to the past to help Nate's grandfather, Nathaniel, battle evil Yo-kai and invent the Yo-kai Watch. Created and developed by LEVEL-5, YO-KAI WATCH is a fantasy role-playing game and Anime series which depicts a world where “Yo-kai” (supernatural beings only seen by using a special device, the Yo-kai Watch, responsible for everyone's daily annoyances) co-exist with humans and affect their day-to-day lives.
YO-KAI WATCH's popularity soared as the TV anime based on the game began broadcasting across six TV Tokyo-affiliated networks in 2014. The original game was released in North America by Nintendo in November of 2015. The property debuted in the U.S. in 2015 and includes a TV series on Disney XD, a series of games for the Nintendo 3DS, a Hasbro toy line and apps available for iOS and Android systems. In its initial release in Japan, YO-KAI WATCH: THE MOVIE was so popular that it set a box office record for advance ticket sales and was the highest-grossing Japanese film in 2015.
“Fathom Events is proud to, once again, present the very best animated entertainment from Japan in U.S. movie theaters,” said Fathom Events CEO John Rubey. “We are pleased to continue our relationship with ELEVEN ARTS and to partner for the first time with LEVEL-5 to bring fans this all-time favorite.”
About Fathom Events
Fathom Events is recognized as the leading domestic distributor of event cinema, and ranks as one of the largest overall distributors of content to movie theaters. Owned by AMC Entertainment Inc. (NYSE: AMC), Cinemark Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: CNK) and Regal Entertainment Group (NYSE: RGC) (known collectively as AC JV, LLC), Fathom Events offers a variety of one-of-a-kind entertainment events that include live, high-definition performances of the Metropolitan Opera, dance and theatre productions such as the Bolshoi Ballet and National Theatre Live's Hamlet, sporting events like FS1 Presents USA v Mexico, concerts with Roger Waters and One Direction, the TCM Presents classic film series and faith-based events such as The Drop Box and Four Blood Moons. Fathom Events takes audiences behind the scenes and offers unique extras including audience Q&As, backstage footage and interviews with cast and crew, creating the ultimate VIP experience. Fathom Events' live digital broadcast network (“DBN”) is the largest cinema broadcast network in North America, bringing live and pre-recorded events to 887 locations and 1,354 screens in 181 Designated Market Areas® (including all of the top 50). For more information, visit www.fathomevents.com.
About ELEVEN ARTS
ELEVEN ARTS is a Los Angeles based film production/distribution company known for distributing high quality Japanese films, live-action and animation, to North American audiences. ELEVEN ARTS's major live-action titles include: Japan Academy Awards winner Memories of Tomorrow (starring Ken Watanabe) and Oscar nominated director Yoji Yamada's samurai film Love and Honor.
ELEVEN ARTS' anime titles include: DIGIMON ADVENTURE tri, CHAPTER 1: REUNION, the Evangelion franchise, Fullmetal Alchemist: The Sacred Star of Milos, the Puella Magi Madoka Magica franchise, Blue Exorcist: The Movie, Expelled from Paradise, The Last: Naruto the Movie, Boruto: Naruto the Movie, and The Anthem of the Heart.
LEVEL-5 Inc. plans, creates, and markets video game software and produces mega-hit IPs targeting kids around the world. The company specializes in cross-media strategies and oversees corresponding counterparts (anime, toys, manga, etc.) for its titles.
The company's flagship PROFESSOR LAYTON™ series has shipped over 15.5 million units worldwide, The Ni no Kuni™ series, featuring animations created the Academy Award-winning Studio Ghibli, has sold over 1.5 million titles worldwide and received numerous prominent game awards.
LEVEL-5's cross-media titles include INAZUMA ELEVEN™, Little Battlers eXperience, and most recently YO-KAI WATCH™, which has sold over 13 million copies of its games worldwide. All forms of YO-KAI WATCH™ merchandise, including toys and games, are universally popular among people of all ages.
To learn more, please visit http://www.level5.co.jp/abby