FUNimation Bringing Anime to Theaters

Navarre Corp.’s FUNimation Ent. today announced the development of FUNimation Films, a co-venture with theatrical distribution company The Bigger Picture. The latest step in FUNimation’s strategy to expand the U.S. anime audience, this new initiative will bring anime features and series premieres to movie theatres across the nation starting this month.

On March 17, select Landmark theatres will offer special screening’s of the Dragon Ball Z feature, The Return of Cooler, followed by the U.S. premiere of the Dragon Ball Z movie, Fusion Reborn, courtesy of FUNimation Films.

“Anime is a growing entertainment segment in the United States and we want to give anime fans a place they can go each month to see the top anime titles in the United States on the big screen,” explains FUNimation Ent. president Gen Fukunaga. “The Bigger Picture’s digital distribution network provides access to theatres throughout the country and is a great fit for FUNimation Films.”

The Bigger Picture, a subsidiary of Sabella Dern Ent., specializes in the digital distribution of films targeted to underserved audiences during “off-peak” hours. The company’s release program provides fans with an opportunity to enjoy new movies on the big screen on a regular basis.

In April and May, The Bigger Picture will join FUNimation in presenting such anime favorites as the ninja-horror-action series, Basilisk, and post-apocalyptic vampire action show, Trinity Blood, both productions of acclaimed animation studio GONZO.

FUNimation Films releases will be distributed to Landmark theatres in Atlanta, Austin, Chicago, Dallas, Minneapolis, Seattle, San Diego, San Francisco and Washington, D.C. More theatre chains and locations will be added each week. More information on screenings can be found at www.funimationfilms.com.