If you’ve been hitting the fanboy websites lately, you’ve no doubt read drooling reviews of Negadon: The Monster from Mars, filmmaker Jun Awazu’s CG-animated tribute to Japanese monster movie franchises like Godzilla, Mothra and Gamera. Now you can see what all the fuss is about with a new North American trailer just released by distributor Central Park Media, which heavily promoted the fresh take on Japanese monster movies at last week’s New York Comic-Con.
During a Comic-Con panel, Central Park announced the launch of the official web site, www.NegadonAttacks.com, and a Negadon Kaiju Contest, which offers fans a chance to have their own original Japanese-style giant-monster artwork included on the Negadon DVD, due in stores this summer. Submissions are being accepted until March 25 at the website.
Relased in Japan in October of 2005, Negadon won the Outstanding Production Award at the 20th Digital Contents Grand Prix and was named a Jury Recommended Work at the 9th Japan Media Arts Festival. The film will next screen at the Anime Syracuse Film Festival in Syracuse’s Palace Theatre on March 25. More information on the event can be found at www.AnimeSyracuse.com.
Check out the Negadon trailer at www.NegadonAttacks.com. Also, pick up the April issue of Animation Magazine, in which Awazu talks about making this sci-fi/fantasy phenomenon.