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Old 05-21-2015, 02:51 PM   #1
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FUNimation Entertainment Acquires U.S. Rights To Mamoru Hosoda’s ‘The Boy and The Beast’

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FUNimation Entertainment has acquired all U.S. rights to Mamoru Hosoda’s animated tale “The Boy and the Beast” from Gaumont Intl.

Produced by Studio Chizu and Nippon TV, “Beast” is a coming-of-age tale about Kyuta, a lonely Japanese boy, and Kumatetsu, a lonesome beast inhabiting an imaginary world.

The movie will be released by FUNimation’s new launched theatrical events and distribution branch based in New York.

“We’re excited to bring ‘The Boy and the Beast’ to audiences across the United States,” said FUNimation CEO and founder Gen Fukunaga. “Mamoru Hosoda is a masterful director and has made Japanese animated film accessible to everyone.”

The toon is being talked about as a potential 216 Oscar contender.

“We are looking forward to working with Gaumont Intl. and plan to release ‘The Boy and the Beast’ to theaters beginning in late 2015,” said Mike DuBoise, FUNimation’s exec VP and COO. “We’re confident that critics and moviegoers will quickly agree that this is an Oscar-worthy film.”

Gaumont’s deputy head of sales Yohann Comte, who negotiated the deal, said Gaumont had received offers from other distributors but “chose to work with FUNimation because the company has been faithful to Hosoda’s work since the beginning, and they also have the ambition and commitment to screen the film to the widest possible audience.”

FUNimation has distributed two other Hosoda movies in the U.S. (on VOD and homevideo) including the critically-acclaimed and award-winning “Wolf Children” in 2013 and “Summer Wars” in 2010. Hosoda’s “Wolf Children” traveled to more than 90 countries.

FUNimation will release “The Boy and the Beast” in select theaters in late 2015 and nationwide in early 2016.

FUNimation’s first theatrical rollout will be “Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection F,” which is scheduled
to come out this summer in the U.S. and Canada.
http://variety.com/2015/film/news/fu...ve-1201497564/

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Old 05-21-2015, 02:53 PM   #2
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I know this has been discussed in some other threads, but I figured it deserved its own thread since it will more than likely eventually be getting a Blu-ray release through Funimation.

Super excited for this one. Wolf Children was Hosoda's best film yet, and I hope this film continues his streak!
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Old 05-21-2015, 08:33 PM   #3
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Let's just hope this doesn't become another Funimation debacle like Evangelion 3.33's eternally-delayed non-release (17 months and counting)...
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Let's just hope this doesn't become another Funimation debacle like Evangelion 3.33's eternally-delayed non-release (17 months and counting)...
To be fair it seems Hideaki Anno also has given up on the Rebuilds...
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Old 05-21-2015, 10:43 PM   #5
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I just noticed that Takagi Masakatsu is doing the score for this film! I absolutely loved the soundtrack to Wolf Children, which definitely was a huge contributor in my love for the film. Hope he will be a regular presence in Hosoda's films into the future.

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Let's just hope this doesn't become another Funimation debacle like Evangelion 3.33's eternally-delayed non-release (17 months and counting)...
LOL. I'm glad I never had to wait for that....

It seems like they want to submit The Boy and the Beast for the Oscars this year, so if it ends up being nominated, I can see Funimation releasing the BD by around next spring. Though considering that's around when the Japanese BD will likely be released, they'll probably have to wait until after that.

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To be fair it seems Hideaki Anno also has given up on the Rebuilds...
To be fair, Khara were recently hiring animators for the next film....lol. I didn't think the interval would end up being longer than that between 2.0 and 3.0, but honestly, I've given up on looking forward to it. I'll wait until we have something concrete.

Such a missed opportunity though--2015 would have been the perfect year, with it being the 20th anniversary and the year that the story takes place. They wouldn't
[Show spoiler]wait until 2029
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Old 05-22-2015, 01:09 AM   #6
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I am beyond excited for this movie! It'll certainly make its way into my collection with his other movies.
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Old 05-22-2015, 01:32 AM   #7
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Heck Yes! Easily my most anticipated movie of the year (sorry Star Wars). Thought I was going to have to wait another year and a half to see this like with Wolf Children. Glad it's getting the quicker push like The Wind Rises did. Though ultimately will probably have to wait till next year. The limited release this year will probably be just LA and NY.

I agree with celticmoon, the soundtrack to Wolf Children was amazing. One of the very few soundtracks I actually continuously play through the whole thing. Glad to hear Takagi Masakatsu is back.

I honestly love every one of Mamoru Hosoda's films. Love it that he is consistent in pushing films out every three years. If he continues to a larger filmography, he will easily be up there with Miyazaki for me.
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Not really too bothered about FUNi getting this movie. I'll get whatever version comes out first with engsubs
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Hell yeah. Love me some Hosoda.
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I'd love it if Funimation picked up the license for The Girl Who Leapt Through Time and released a box with all four of Hosoda's original films down the line. I'd pick that up in a heartbeat!
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Still no news about a Japanese release?
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Old 07-16-2015, 12:42 PM   #12
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Still no news about a Japanese release?
Didn't it just hit theatres over there? I wouldn't expect news about a BD release for yet a few months.
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I love Hosoda's films. Buying this when it releases for sure.
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Didn't it just hit theatres over there? I wouldn't expect news about a BD release for yet a few months.
I thought it had been out for a while. Nothing to see here, then
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Judging from the way Japanese BD releases usually go, I wouldn't expect the Japanese release until sometime next year... February or so at the earliest, if it follows Wolf Children.They just got a pretty nice BD boxset of The Girl Who Leapt Through Time/Summer Wars/Wolf Children in Japan, though.

In other news, The Boy and the Beast opened quite big in Japan, nearly doubling the opening box office gross and attendance of Wolf Children. Wolf Children was a huge hit in 2012, and it's impressive that Hosoda's audience just keeps growing. He's truly broken into the mainstream in a way that really hasn't been seen for an animation director since Miyazaki, I would say.
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Judging from the way Japanese BD releases usually go, I wouldn't expect the Japanese release until sometime next year... February or so at the earliest, if it follows Wolf Children.They just got a pretty nice BD boxset of The Girl Who Leapt Through Time/Summer Wars/Wolf Children in Japan, though.
Does the box set include english dub/subs? Is it still available?
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I freaking love Summer Wars and Wolf Children. Mamoru Hosoda has my vote as the next Miyazaki. This looks awesome and I'm glad we don't have to wait two years for it.
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Does the box set include english dub/subs? Is it still available?
Yeah, it's still available for purchase, but there's no English support.
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Yeah, it's still available for purchase, but there's no English support.
Back to waiting for someone to pick back up The Girl Who Leapt Through Time~ Wasn't there supposed to be a super awesome Korean edition coming soon.
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Back to waiting for someone to pick back up The Girl Who Leapt Through Time~ Wasn't there supposed to be a super awesome Korean edition coming soon.
There's supposed to be, but I can't find hardly any info on it.
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