In conjunction with the limited theatrical run and upcoming home video release of the anime family film Junkers Come Here, Bandai Ent. has launched junkerscomehere.com. The site will provide an in-depth look at the film with story background, character profiles, e-cards and music clips, as well as information on theatrical/festival screenings.
Based on Naoto Kine’s two-volume novel published in 1989, Junkers Come Here tells the story of a young girl whose parents are busy and are seldom home. Her most trusted companion is her dog, Junkers, who has the ability to speak and do human-like tasks. When things at home start to go wrong, the girl learns that she needs to grow up fast, but realizes that life has a pretty unique sense of humor.
The film, released theatrically in 1995, combines the talents of established anime director Junichi Sato (Sailor Moon) and the late renowned animator/director Kazuo Komatsubara (Miyazaki’s Nausicaa: The Valley of the Wind). With its North American premiere at this year’s American Cinematheque Anime Festival at the Egpytian Theater in Hollywood, the picture has received critical acclaim for its rich storytelling and lush animation.
Junkers Come Here will be available on DVD on August 19, 2003. Recommended for ages seven and older, it will retail for $29.98. Extras include interactive animated menus, Dolby Digital audio, English/Japanese language tracks, optional English subtitles, an art gallery, interviews, a trailer and a pilot film with English subtitles.