Even without a Pixar release this year, 2014 has been a great for animation fans. We have been graced with the likes of The LEGO Movie, How to Train Your Dragon 2, The Tale of Princess Kaguya, Ernest & Celestine, and The Boxtrolls, just to name a few. GKIDS, one of the leading distributors of Japanese anime to North American audiences, is set to release three new gems on November 11, Patema Inverted, Welcome to the Space Show, and Nocturna. Learn more after the break.
Each one more widely different than the other, all three of these new releases look incredibly dazzling. Nominated for the Asia Pacific Screen Award for Best Animated Feature Film, Patema Inverted reminds me of the film Upside Down, but more creative and fun – watch the trailer. Welcome to the Space Show begins as a charming Ghibli-like tale set in a small Japanese town, but then goes completely off the rails into a wacky outer space adventure – watch the trailer. And then we have Nocturna, which looks like a really cute and has an old school, ’90s children’s adventure feel to it – watch the trailer.
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Here is official plot synopsis for Patema Inverted courtesy of Cinedigm:
Time of Eve director Yasuhiro Yoshiura returns with a perspective-twisting sci-fi adventure about two kids separated by opposite gravities. Patema lives in an underground world of tunnels, the long-abandoned ruins of a giant industrial complex. Though she is a princess, she is held back by the rules imposed by the elders of her clan. One day when she is exploring in a forbidden zone, she is startled by a strange bat-like creature and tumbles headlong into a void – and out into the wide open world above the surface, a place with reversed physics, where if she let go she would “fall up” into the sky and be lost forever.
Here is official plot synopsis for Welcome to the Space Show courtesy of Cinedigm:
With an intergalactic cast of thousands, Koji Masunari’s colorfully explosive feature revolves around five elementary school kids sent on an unexpected trip to space. While looking for their missing class pet, the children find and rescue a dog that turns out to be an alien, and he invites them to visit the moon as a reward for helping him. However, through a series of strange events, they become stranded and must make their way across the galaxy to get to his home world and then return to Earth.
Here is official plot synopsis for Nocturna courtesy of Cinedigm:
Visually stunning and wildly inventive, Nocturna explores the mystery of the night in a sweeping adventure full of Alice in Wonderland-like characters and moody, dream-inspired landscapes. Have you ever wondered why your hair looks funny in the morning? Or where the sounds outside your window come from at night? A young boy named Tim finds out after an unusual discovery on the rooftop of his orphanage, which plunges him into the secret world of Nocturna, inhabited by curious creatures who control the night.
Patema Inverted, Welcome to the Space Show, and Nocturna all include English dub voice over, English subtitles and extensive bonus features – not yet disclosed. All three release on Blu-ray, DVD, and Digital HD on November 11.
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