Laika’s acclaimed animated film Kubo and the Two Strings is being released in China today by Infotainment China Media, a leading movie acquisition company. This is the first time a Laika film will be presented to the massive Chinese audience and marks a remarkable achievement in the evolution of the 10-year-old Portland-Oregon based animation studio
Director Makoto Shinkai’s widely acclaimed animated film Your Name. has been nominated for top awards by the International Animated Film Society, ASIFA-Hollywood. Your Name., from Toho Co. is being distributed in North America by Funimation Films. It picked up a nomination for Best Animated Feature – Independent and as well as a nomination for best direction of an animated feature.
The Japanese film Your Name has made the official Oscar consideration list in the Best Animated Feature category. The film will be vying for one of five nomination spots in its category that will be voted on for the 89th annual Academy Awards. Funimation Films acquired North American distributions rights to Your Name earlier this year from Toho Co. in Japan
Animation, visual effects and design company Blur Studio has hired Eric Maurer, character effects supervisor and Oded Raz, asset supervisor. Maurer and Raz will bolster Blur's leadership team, increase the studio's capacity for larger projects, and foster the development of new technology as the company gears up for the next round of feature work by Blur co-founder and Deadpool director Tim Miller.
Funimation Films is screening the Japanese kaiju film Shin Godzilla in 534 theaters across the U.S. and Canada during its limited theatrical engagement October 11-18. Shin Godzilla is the 29th film produced by Toho in the iconic science fiction monster franchise and is co-directed by Hideaki Anno (creator of Evangelion) and Shinji Higuchi (director of Toho's 2015 Attack on Titan live action movies).
Screenvision Media has formed an alliance with 4K Media to distribute the highly anticipated Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions movie to more than 500 theatres across the United States and Canada. The feature film will be released on January 20th and run as a limited-time theatrical engagement.
Sentai Filmworks has acquired distribution rights to the Japanese anime film, Girls und Panzer der Film, for North America, United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, and other territories. Sentai Filmworks says it will release additional information on Girls und Panzer der Film shortly, including distribution, release date, and streaming offerings.
Deluxe Entertainment's Method Studios has hired supervising art director and head of art department Olivier Pron, commercials VFX supervisor and creative director Jesse Bradstreet, commercials VFX supervisor James Rogers, animation supervisors Daryl Sawchuk and Tim Ranck, and VFX supervisor Gong Myung Lee. They will be based in Los Angeles and New York.
Funimation Films has announced the October release of Shin Godzilla from Toho Company. The movie will screen in more than 440 theaters across the U.S. and Canada October 11-18.
Kubo and the Two Strings is an epic action-adventure set in a fantastical Japan from acclaimed stop-animation studio Laika. The end credits sequence is always special in a Laika film and this one, which offers a glimpse of all the work that went into the making of the film, is no exception.