Opening in very limited theatrical release today is the new anime feature Tamala 2010: A Punk Cat in Space. Described as a dark allegory, the adult-oriented film is presented in black and white to evoke shades of noir.
The story jumps around between various points in the distant past and distant future but most of the action takes place in the year 2010, when a carefree, one-year-old kitten tries to flee the confines of an oppressive society and seek out Cosmos, the planet where she was born. There are also intricate subplots concerning mind control and the resurrection of an ancient goddess.
Produced by Kinetique Inc. and distributed by American Cinematheque-Vitagraph, the film was written and directed by a group of artists known as toL, which also produced along with Seiichi Tsukada and Kuzuko Mio. Character design and animation were handled by toL and Kentaro Nemoto, with Michiro Tsutsumoto, Kenji Okada and Motoko Kashiwagi directing the 3D CG work.
The Los Angeles Times calls Tamala 2010 "a dazzling example of Japanese anime." It features English subtitles and is playing exclusively at the Nuart on Santa Monica Blvd. in West Los Angeles through Thursday.