Studio Chizu Reveals New Trailer for "Belle" and Announces International Roster
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Los Angeles, California - April 1, 2021 – Studio Chizu reveals a new 70-second trailer for "BELLE," which is scheduled to release this July in theaters in Japan. The new trailer features for the first time Belle's powerful yet vulnerable musical composition.
Having lost her mother at a young age, Suzu was unable to overcome this grave mental wound, rendering her unable to sing in the real world. Nevertheless, in "U" she unleashes the pent up emotions within herself as the virtual songstress Belle, creating hit after hit that tops the charts inside the virtual world. This song represents a key moment in Belle's character.
Belle's desires are carried through the lyrics, as she wishes to see what kind of world lies beyond the small melody she has composed.
BELLE (2021) - 70 Second Trailer [HQ]
Mamoru Hosoda collaborates with several international artists in his latest film!
Walt Disney Animation Studios' Jin Kim, known for projects such as "Frozen," "Tangled," "Big Hero 6," and "Moana," designed the virtual songstress Belle. Mamoru Hosoda and Jin have long respected each other's work but met for the first time when "MIRAI" was nominated for an Oscar in Los Angeles. There, they promised to one day work on something creatively together and finally realized that goal with "BELLE."
Likewise, the concept illustration of the massive online world of "U" was created by London-based up-and-coming architect/designer, Eric Wong. Hosoda personally found and commissioned Eric to come up with this universal and international "internet space" from both an architectural and design perspective. The results are absolutely stunning.
Finally, Studio Chizu has teamed up with Irish Animation Studio, Cartoon Saloon, known for works such as "Wolfwalkers," "Song of the Sea," and "The Secret of Kells" among others. Tomm Moore and Ross Stewart will bring their talents to the table along with Mamoru Hosoda to create a never-before-seen world in "BELLE."
We hope to chart a new "Map (Chizu in Japanese)" with this amazing pool of talent.
Our protagonist, Suzu, is a 17-year old high school girl, who lives in the countryside of Kochi Prefecture with her father, after losing her mother at a young age.
She loves singing with her mother more than anything else, but as a result of her mother's death was no longer able to sing.
It wasn't long before she and her father grew more and more distant from each other, and Suzu closed her heart to the rest of the world.
When Suzu felt that writing music was her only purpose left in life, she then discovers the massive online space known as “U,” where she takes on her persona, Belle.
We are no longer limited to a single world.
Suzu quickly realizes that when she is inside “U” as her avatar, Belle, she can sing quite naturally. As she continues to showcase her own music in the virtual world, she fast becomes the rising star of “U.”
Nonetheless, that surprise is short-lived. Suddenly, a mysterious dragon-shaped creature appears before her...
About the Director, Mamoru Hosoda
Born in 1967. From Toyama Prefecture. In 1991, he joined Toei Doga (Now Toei Animation) where he was an animator before becoming a director. In 1999, he directed his first film for theater release, Digimon: The Movie "Digimon Adventure: Children's War Game!" (2000). He thereafter turned freelance and directed The Girl Who Leapt Through Time (2006) and Summer Wars (2009), garnering attention both domestic and abroad.
In 2011, he co-established animation studio Studio Chizu with producer Yuichiro Saito. Hosoda went on to direct Wolf Children (2012) and The Boy and The Beast (2015) for which he also wrote the screenplay and the stories they were based on. His latest, Mirai (director, screenwriter, author of original story) was screened during the Directors' Fortnight of the 71st Cannes Film Festival, and in the U.S., it was nominated for Best Animated Feature Film at the 91st Academy Awards and Best Motion Picture-Animated at the 76th Golden Globes and won Best Animated Feature-Independent at the 46th Annie Awards.
About Studio Chizu
Studio Chizu is Director Mamoru Hosoda's headquarters that was established during the production of Wolf Children. Director Hosoda gave the studio its name, Chizu ("map" in Japanese). The main characters in Hosoda's films possess a vitality and life force for choosing and cultivating a future of one's own free will.
Director Hosoda's philosophy of movies is that "they should serve the public like a park where many people gather.” Studio Chizu is a place that embraces Director Hosoda's thoughts and philosophies on movies and his works. Studio Chizu is most known for its feature-length animated films, “The Girl Who Leapt Through Time,” “Summer Wars,” and “Wolf Children.”
BELLE (jp: “Ryū to Sobakasu no Hime”)
July 2021 (Domestic Release / Japan)
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To be released Summer of 2021 in TOHO theaters nationwide!
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