Annecy International Animation Film Festival 2023
Constables, crooks, common people — everyone’s on the lookout for Nezumikozo Jirokichi, the infamous Rat, sharp-witted, fleet-footed folk hero of olden-day Edo (imagine Robin Hood in a yukata). Long celebrated in kabuki theatre, minyo folk songs, and woodblock prints, Jirokichi’s exploits intrigued filmmaker Sadao Yamanaka, a pioneer of Japanese cinema whose populist sympathies and penchant for blending genres laid the groundwork for jidaigeki (period films) in the 1930s. Only three of Yamanaka’s many movies have been preserved to this day, and his vision of Nezumikozo is sadly not among them — but here’s the next best thing! Working from Yamanaka’s script, a team of anime luminaries have reconstructed the tale, and paid homage to the roots and particularities of their national cinema at the same time. NEZUMIKOZO JIROKICHI is directed by the venerable Rintaro, whose career began alongside Osamu Tezuka on ASTRO BOY, and later included GALAXY EXPRESS 999 and METROPOLIS, and the character designs come care of Katsuhiro Otomo (AKIRA). Add to that the marvelous music composed by Toshiyuki Honda, and Mami Koyama’s expressive narration, and the result is a lively, witty, heartfelt celebration of the best in Japanese popular culture across the centuries! – Rupert Bottenberg
An uproariously bizarre creation from independent animation icon Bill Plympton, revisited with an entirely new, original, and otherworldly musical accompaniment care of PanaCello!
The popular animated series TOUPIE ET BINOU is finally coming to the big screen! With the voices of Marc Labrèche, Anne Dorval, Xavier Dolan, Stéphane Rousseau and Geneviève Schmidt.
Yugo Sako, Kouichi Sasaki, Ram Mohan
Perdue pendant 30 ans, l’adaptation aimée de l’épopée hindoue est enfin de retour au grand écran. Une convergence de mythes, de musique, de monstres et de héros!