GKIDS revealed during the Annecy Animation Festival on Sunday that they have obtained the rights for North America for Ghost Cat Anzu, a 2D-animated film by Shin-Ei Animation and France’s Miyu Productions. This captivating movie is an adaptation of Takashi Imashiro’s beloved manga, Bakeneko Anzu-chan. International sales will be expertly managed by CHARADES, a reputable company based in Paris.
The project is set to debut as an unfinished endeavor at Annecy, offering a glimpse into its ongoing development. The anticipated film is slated to hit theaters in 2024.
Yōko Kuno and Nobuhiro Yamashita are collaborating as directors, while Shinji Imaoka contributes as the scriptwriter for the upcoming 90-minute film. The project will creatively blend 2D digital animation with rotoscopy, incorporating various animation techniques.
Karin, an 11-year-old girl, finds herself deserted by her father and left in the care of her grandfather, a monk residing in a tranquil Japanese countryside village. Seeking assistance, her grandfather entrusts Anzu, a mischievous yet kind-hearted phantom feline, with the responsibility of looking after her. The clash of their vibrant personalities ignites a whirlwind of emotions, at least in the initial stages.
In 2007, Kodansha released the one-volume manga Bakeneko Anzu-chan. Shin-Ei Animation, established by Daikichirō Kusube in 1976, gained renown for its production of the immensely popular anime series Doraemon and Crayon Shin-chan. These long-standing shows consistently achieve top ratings in Japan’s weekly animated program rankings.
Source | Variety (Ben Croll)