Still reeling from its latest run in with King Kong, New York City got word today that another giant, CG-animated monster is heading its way. Anime publisher Central Park Media announced the May 9th North American theatrical premiere of Negadon: The Monster From Mars. The film will be part of a special triple feature with the animated movies Kakurenbo: Hide & Seek and Cat Soup, which will enjoy a limited run at The ImaginAsian from May 12 to 18. Show times will be posted at www.theimaginasian.com in the near future.
Written, directed and animated by Jun Awazu, Negadon: The Monster From Mars pays homage to 1950s and ’60s. Japanese monster movies such as Godzilla, Mothra and Gamera. The 26-minute film is the first fully animated entry in the genre known as ‘Kaiju,’ which has traditionally featured actors battling in rubber monster suits. Awazu spent nearly three years making the film and even invented special rendering algorithms to reproduce the nostalgic film look. The pic was released in Japan in October of 2005 and won the Outstanding Production Award at the 2006 Digital Contents Grand Prix and was named a Jury Recommended Work at the 2006 Japan Media Arts Festival.
The first film from the studio Yamatoworks, Kakurenbo: Hide & Seek is a 25-minute computer-generated horror film that tells the story of a taboo game of hide & seek between children and monsters. The flick won the Outstanding Production Award at the 2005 Tokyo Anime Fair and Best Short Film at the 2005 Fantasia Film Festival. In Cat Soup, a kitten’s soul is stolen by Death, sending her and her brother on a bizarre journey to reclaim it in the surreal dreamscape of the Other Side. The 34-minute production won the Excellence Award at the 2001 Japan Media Arts Festival and Best Short Film at the 2001 Fantasia Film Festival.
The Negadon NYC premiere will begin with a reception at The ImaginAsian Theater at 7 p.m. on May 9. A formal welcome and screening will follow at 8 p.m. Those who are unable to catch it there can look for further limited-release screenings this spring, or pick it up on DVD this summer. To view a trailer and get more information on Negadon, visit www.negadonattacks.com.