Eleven Arts and Scream! Factory will launch the new 3D CG animation feature, Poupelle of Chimney Town, on VOD Premium on May 3, following its theatrical release. The film will be available for digital download on May 17 and on the Blu-ray + DVD combo on May 31.
Directed by Yusuke Hirota and produced at STUDIO4ºC in Tokyo, Poupelle of Chimney Town brings to life a unique and inspiring story about friendship, courage, hope and perseverance to reach for the stars. The story is based on a popular Japanese picture book by author and creator Akihiro Nishino and boasts an excellent English-language voice cast featuring Tony Hale (Be the Ricardos, Veep), Antonio Raúl Corbo (Brooklyn nine-nine), Stephen Racine (The world of Nemo, king of the hill), Misty Lee (Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order, Ultimate Spider-Man), and Hasan Minhaj (The daily show, The morning show).
The film tells the story of young Lubicchi living among the thick smoke of the chimneys of his isolated town, longing to see the “stars” – to know the truth – that his father always told him about. One Halloween night, he meets Poupelle, a man made of trash, and together they look up at the sky as their adventure begins.
Available for the first time in North America, the collector’s item Poupelle of Chimney Town The Blu-ray + DVD combo pack contains the film’s presentation (with both versions – English audio and Japanese audio with English subtitles), insightful bonus content and an exclusive art booklet with a special message from the executive producer and creator Akihiro Nishino. The combo pack is now available for pre-order on ShoutFactory.com and will be available in stores and other retailers. Fans who order the Blu-ray + DVD combo pack of Shout! The factory will receive an exclusive poster while supplies last.
An official selection of the Annecy International Animation Film Festival and other festivals, Poupelle of Chimney Town was rewarded with several honors and nominations for film awards, including a Japanese Academy Film Award for Excellent Animation of the Year, a nomination for the Annecy Cristal Award for Best Feature Film, a nomination for ANNIE Award for Best Music – Feature Film and a nomination for Fantasia’s Satoshi Kon Award for Best Animated Feature Film.
Check out the trailer:
- The World of Chimney Town — A discussion with the director and creator, Hirota and Nishino
- What’s next for Chimney Town — An interview with the creator, Nishino
- Special Q&A about Creator Akihiro Nishino — Malibu Film Society Screening
Source: Shout! Plant
Debbie Diamond Sarto is associate editor at Animation World Network.