Animation and Kaiju fans living in the Los Angeles area will have a chance to catch a big-screen viewing of Negadon: The Monster From Mars on Friday, June 29, at the Egyptian Theater in Hollywood. The America Cinematheque will screen the 26-minute, CG-animated short along with the Los Angeles premieres of the Japanese fantasy flick The Great Yokai War and the new Gamera feature, Gamera the Brave.
Directed by computer animator Jun Awazu, Negadon pays homage to such Japanese monster franchises as Godzilla, Mothra and Gamera. The award-winning film brings 3D animation to the genre known as Kaiju, which typically employs men brawling in rubber monster suits. Awazu previously lent his graphics and visual effects talents to the films Kamen Rider 555 and the Godzilla, Mothra and King Ghidorah: Giant Monsters All-Out Attack, also known as Godzilla GMK.
In the year 2025, extreme overpopulation has led to the Mars Terraforming Project, a plan to make the red planet a habitable world. Awakened by the process, space monster Negadon crash lands in Tokyo destroying all in its path. Earth’s only hope is Miroku, a prototype robot piloted by its inventor. The film will be presented in Japanese with English subtitles.
Negadon will kick off the triple feature at 7:30 p.m. on Friday. More monsters will attack the Egyptian on Saturday as the Cinematheque presents an ultra-rare screening of the 1956 Toho classic Godzilla: King of the Monsters at 6 p.m., followed by a double feature of Godzilla 2000 and Godzilla GMK, starting at 8:30 p.m.