TEASER: GKIDS Acquires NorAm Rights to ‘Youngsters of the Sea’

‘Youngsters of the Sea’ ©2019 Daisuke Igarashi, Shogakukan/”Youngsters of the Sea” Committee.

NEW YORK — GKIDS has acquired the North American distribution rights for the animated characteristic Youngsters of the Sea and has introduced plans to launch the movie theatrically in each Japanese and English-language variations. The movie is the most recent characteristic from Japan’s STUDIO4°C (identified for Tekkonkinkreet, MFKZ, Thoughts Sport, Animatrix, Batman: Gotham Knight, amongst others), and is directed by Ayumu Watanabe, with a rating by award-winning composer and longtime Studio Ghibli collaborator Joe Hisaishi (Spirited Away, Howl’s Shifting Fortress, My Neighbor Totoro). Youngsters of The Sea is tailored from the manga of the identical identify by creator Daisuke Igarashi, which received the Excellence Prize on the Japan Media Arts Competition. The all-rights deal was negotiated by Eric Beckman for GKIDS and Ayumi Inoguchi for STUDIO4°C.

“We now have been super-excited about Youngsters of the Sea because the first six-minute clip blew us away over a 12 months in the past. I’m thrilled to be working as soon as extra with the incomparable STUDIO4°C and might’t wait to deliver this movie to North American audiences,” mentioned GKIDS founder and CEO Eric Beckman. “The movie is nothing in need of spectacular.”

“We now have succeeded in expressing a celebration of life by way of the best high quality of superbly detailed Japanese conventional hand-drawn animation,” mentioned STUDIO4°C CEO and producer Eiko Tanaka. “This coupled with a superbly detailed musical rating from Joe Hisaishi, some of the appreciated musicians worldwide, we hope will deliver audiences even nearer to the movie. After greater than 5 years because the begin of pre-production, it’s my pleasure that this very particular movie will lastly be launched. With the assistance of our trusted North American companions at GKIDS, I sincerely hope that the movie will drastically resonate with North American audiences.”

On February 27, TOHO launched the Japanese teaser trailer and key visible, and introduced a June 7 Japanese theatrical premiere date. A North American theatrical launch will happen in 2019.

Watch the teaser and take a look at the official synopsis and poster under:

When Ruka was youthful, she noticed a ghost within the water on the aquarium the place her dad works. Now she feels drawn towards the aquarium and the 2 mysterious boys she meets there, Umi and Sora. They had been raised by dugongs and listen to the identical unusual calls from the ocean as she does. Ruka’s dad and the opposite adults who work on the aquarium are solely distantly conscious of what the kids are experiencing as they get caught up within the thriller of the worldwide disappearance of the oceans’ fish.

Supply: GKIDS

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