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Mamoru Hosoda’s BELLE At Animation Is Film Fest 2021

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For the first time, outside Japan, Mamoru Hosoda’s newest film BELLE had a chance to capture western audiences’ hearts during the Animation is Film Festival 2021 in Hollywood!

In 1999, Mamoru Hosoda began his journey with Dejimon Adobenchā (Digimon Adventure) as his first anime directorial debut; since then, Hosoda has developed this craft and quickly became one of Japan’s most predominant figures in Japanese animation. In 2011, Hosoda founded his own animation studio, Studio Chizu.

Photo by AIF | John Salangsang

Hosoda developed his own unique and highly influential animation style, which can be seen and felt throughout his work. His works are heartfelt, beautifully animated films and convey a sympathetic aesthetic element, often relatable. In 2019, his adventure fantasy comedy film, MIRAI, was nominated for an Oscar for Best Animated Feature Film. His most recent film, BELLE, premiered at the 2021 Cannes Film Festival, receiving a 14-minute standing ovation.

Mamoru Hosoda at Animation is Film Festival 2021 in Hollywood, CA

In BELLE, Hosoda visually transforms the internet, as the popular virtual world known as ‘U’. In a plot where characters face personal turmoil, isolation, a sense of belongingness, and the need to pretend to be someone else, Hosoda effectively exploits the ability to remain anonymous online and how anonymity can have its benefits and disadvantages on its users.

We had the opportunity to briefly speak with Hosoda during the Animation is Film Festival 2021 regarding his newest work and his thoughts on MIRAI’s Oscar nomination:

*The video below may contain SPOILERS* After the screening, Hosoda addressed the audience members and answered fan questions:

The film pays homage to Beauty and The Beast (specifically Disney’s version) and is composed of tantalizing visual animation with extraordinary, captivating music tracks. In addition, Hosoda mentioned working with veteran Disney animator Jin Kim as Belle’s lead character designer earlier this year. (Below are some of Kim’s BELLE concept Sketches).

One of many scenes in which the ‘ Beauty and The Beast‘ elements can be seen
Jin Kim (김상진)

Kim has worked for Disney since 1995 and is credited in over 30 Disney titles including, Zootpia, Wreck-It Ralph, Frozen, and his most recent work Raya and the Last Dragon. Adding to Kim’s involvement, Studio Chizu also teamed up with Irish animation studio Cartoon Salon to produce the background art for the popular virtual world, ‘U’.

Get ready to dive into the beautiful world of U and watch BELLE this spring! Gkids is set to release BELLE in theaters on January 14th, 2022. For more information, visit GKids.com.

Zootopia’s ‘The Big Donut’ in Real life?

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That’s right! This past weekend, as you may have heard, Zootopia won ‘ANIMATED FEATURE FILM’ at the 2017 Oscars!

Via Oscar.Go.com

How did Disney celebrate? By making ‘The Big Donut’ come to life!

CR&A Custom, Inc, Disney & Randy’s Donuts all collaborated in making ‘The Big Donut’ a reality. The fantastic graphic was made and printed by CR&A Custom, Inc and was displayed at famous Randy’s Donuts in Inglewood, California near LAX.

‘The Big Donut’ came to life!

During this ‘event’ Disney also celebrated of the one-year anniversary of Zootopia & had a FACEBOOK LIVE Q&A with Nate Torrance (Clawhauser) and  Oscar®-winning director Rich Moore at Randy’s!

(Nate Torrence & Rich Moore) Watch the FULL Q&A on the OFFICIAL ZOOTOPIA FACEBOOK PAGE

Although we did not personally cover the Q&A session, we did decide to go down there and cover this fantastic anniversary. Naturally, I cosplayed none other than…

JUDY HOPPS! 

Huge Zootopia donut, LIVE Q&A; What else was there, you ask? How about:
The Big Donut’s Donut!

Here’s a close up: its like it popped out from the movie!

Yummy! Watch out event coverage video here

Via Nerdist.com

For those who don’t know, “The Big Donut” was actually inspired by Randy’s Donuts. Over the past decades, Randy’s Donuts has been known as a famous landmark & film location. its known to have been featured (On location/cameo) in various famous scenes from several successful Hollywood movies/TV Shows such as:

Californication, Iron Man 2, Mars Attacks!, Earth Girls Are Easy & Zootopia

© Disney – Zootopia Concept Art of The Big Donut

The ‘The Big Donut’ banner is, unfortunately, no longer up for display. We unsure if they will ever put it back up, however If you didn’t get a chance to see it, take a look here:

Check out our awesome video on this fantastic event!


Next time you’re in Cali or live nearby, hop on by Randy’s Donuts, you won’t be disappointed. …er squished by a huge donut.

Via Nerdist.com

Randy’s Donuts is located at:

805 W Manchester Blvd, Inglewood, CA 90301

 

 

 

SWORD ART ONLINE: Ordinal Scale – Hollywood Red Carpet Premiere

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Sword Art Online final had its first ever, feature film!

Sword Art Online the Movie: Ordinal Scale.  

Aniplex & Eleven Arts held a red carpet premiere in Hollywood, California at the famous Egyptian Theater!

Fans waiting outside theater. Some are holding freshly bought SAO merch

The exclusive event SOLD OUT within 48 hours after tickets were on sell. With anime’s popularity, its no wonder it sold out quickly! Hundreds of fans gathered for this exclusive one-day event, some came in cosplay.

Fans were also able to buy new SAO merch at the ‘SAO store’ Aniplex staff set up

The event was filled with special guests, such as:

Other surprise guests included:

After the screening, special guests had a Q&A session set up by Aniplex. You can read some of the questions that were asked here, Anime News Network.

Yui’s special appearance at the event

Me (Krystal Kitsune) at Red carpet premiere with Kirito & Asuna

For those who missed this fantastic event, you can still catch the movie in theaters THIS Thursday; March 9th 2017. Tickets on sale here. Catch some of the highlights of this event down below.

We’ll be posting an event video soon, so stay tuned!

Jem and the Holograms 30th Celebtraion

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Christy Marx probably wasn’t aware of what she was getting into when she created the hit TV show, Jem and the Holograms. Since its release in 1985 many people fell in love with Jerrica/Jem, including men. The show was so popular that it had its own doll line, at some point, the dolls were more popular than the Barbie doll itself. Of course, all this was 30 years ago. 30 years of Jem and the Holograms. The show ended in 1988, soon after the dolls were discontinued leaving the show with unreleased episodes and toys.

4005 THE HOLOGRAMS® ASST.

4067/4068 JEM® MATCHING MEDLEY™ FASHIONS

4067/4068 JEM® MATCHING MEDLEY™ FASHIONS

In 2015 Hasbro and IDW comics released the reboot the Jem series in comic book format.

Jem and the Holograms Issue #1 Cover by: Amy Memeberson

Hasbro also teamed up with universal to make the ‘anticipated live action version, Jem and the Holograms the movie. Fans would finally be able to relive the excitement and fun of ’80s cartoon show.

Well at least at Cinefamily they would. Christy Marx and Samantha Newark joined forces to celebrate the 30th anniversary of Jem and the Holograms with fans. Brought to by THE FRONT, the celebration included a Q&A with Christy Marx, Live performances, Art gallery and an autograph session with Christy Marx and Samantha Newark.

Christy Marx & Samantha Newark at CineFamily

Art Gallery

Samantha signing autographs

Samantha Newark was kind enough to autograph an extra autograph for us to giveaway here on the site to luck winner! Check out the Giveaway Page here to see the giveaway. Make sure you read the Rules and Conditions. Click here for more info/rules and good luck!


Watch the event here: