Mamoru Hosoda’s Belle Movie Wins Particular Jury Prize at L.A.’s Animation Is Movie Fest
Mamoru Hosoda and Studio Chizu‘s new BELLE (Ryū to Sobakasu no Hime, actually “The Dragon and the Freckled Princess”) anime movie received the Particular Jury Prize at GKIDS, Annecy, and Selection journal’s Animation Is Movie competition.
The competition hosted the movie’s West Coast premiere together with the world premiere of the English dub for Poupelle of Chimney City on October 23. Hosoda held an in-person Q&A session with the screening of BELLE. The Deer King (U.S. premiere), Fortune Favors Girl Nikuko (Los Angeles premiere), and My Hero Academia THE MOVIE: World Heroes’ Mission (North American premiere) additionally screened on October 24.
The competition happened on the TCL Chinese language 6 Theatres in Los Angeles from October 22 to 24.
GKIDS will start screening the movie in English and in Japanese with English subtitles within the U.S. on January 14.
BELLE opened in Japan on July 16. The movie has IMAX screenings in 38 theaters all through Japan. This makes BELLE the primary of Hosoda’s movies to have IMAX screenings.
The movie has earned a cumulative complete of 6,397,159,950 yen (about US$56.44 million) as of October 10. The movie is Hosoda’s highest-grossing movie. MX4D screenings for the movie opened on October 22.
France’s Cannes Movie Pageant first screened the movie within the competition’s Cannes Premiere part on July 15. It marked the primary Official Choice on the competition for Hosoda. (The director’s earlier Mirai movie screened on the Administrators’ Fortnight, an unbiased part held in parallel to the competition, in 2018.) The movie had its North American premiere at New York Movie Pageant on September 25.
Hosoda (The Lady Who Leapt By way of Time, Summer time Wars, The Boy and The Beast, Mirai) directed and scripted the movie, and can be credited for the unique work. The movie marks Studio Chizu‘s tenth anniversary. Taisei Iwasaki (Blood Blockade Battlefront, Dragon Pilot: Hisone and Masotan, The Bare Director) is the movie’s music director and composer.
Supply: Cartoon Brew (Alex Dudok de Wit)