Eleven Arts has announced that it is distributing the English version of Studio 4°C’s anime film of Akihiro Nishino’s Poupelle of Chimney Town (Entotsu-chō no Poupelle) picture book. The company is producing an English dub for the film that will debut in its screening at the Animation Is Film festival in Los Angeles on October 23, 2021. Director Yusuke Hirota and writer Akihiro Nishino will have a virtual Q&A after the screening of the film in the festival.
The English cast includes:
- Tony Hale is Poupelle
- Antonio Raul Corbo is Lubicchi
- Stephen Root is Bruno
- Misty Lee is Lola
- Hasan Minhaj is Scoop
- Tristan Allerick Chen is Antonio
- Greg Chun is Mr. Suu
- Ray Chase is Toshiaki
- Candace Kozack is Rebecca
- James Mathis is Dan
- Kari Wahlgren is Dorothy
- Aleks Le is Dennis Letter the 15th
- Mick Wingert is Patch
- Laura Post is Claire
- Fred Tatasciore is Toppo
Kyle Hebert is providing additional voices.
Jamie Simone is directing the dub.
Poupelle of Chimney Town is described as:
Poupelle of Chimney Town is the story of young Lubicchi living among the thick smoke from the chimneys of his isolated town, yearning to see the “stars” —to know the truth —his father always told him about. One Halloween night he meets Poupelle, a man made of garbage, and together they look to the sky as their adventure begins. Spectacularly beautiful, filled with inspiring performances and splendid music and sound effects, and produced at Tokyo’s famed Studio 4ºC, Poupelle of Chimney Town brings laughter, tears and joy.
The official website for GKIDS, Annecy, and Variety magazine’s Animation Is Film Festival has announced that the France-Luxembourg animated film of Jiro Taniguchi’s The Summit of the Gods (Kamigami no Itadaki) manga will open the festival in Los Angeles on October 22, 2021. The film’s North American premiere screening with an in-person Q&A by director Patrick Imbert will be followed by the U.S. premiere for the anime film of Shogo Sugitani’s Pompo: The Cinéphile (Eiga Daisuki Pompo-san) manga.
The festival is hosting the West Coast premiere of Mamoru Hosoda’s BELLE (Ryū to Sobakasu no Hime) anime film along with the world premiere of the English dub for Poupelle of Chimney Town on October 23, 2021. Hosoda will hold an in-person Q&A session with the screening of BELLE. The Deer King (U.S. premiere), Fortune Favors Lady Nikuko (Los Angeles premiere), and My Hero Academia The Movie: World Heroes’ Mission (North American premiere) will also screen on October 24, 2021.
The Animation Is Film Festival will take place at the TCL Chinese 6 Theatres in Los Angeles from October 22-24, 2021.
Montreal’s 25th Fantasia International Film Festival has announced that it will screen the following anime films, all of which will be North American premieres:
- Poupelle of Chimney Town
- Fortune Favors Lady Nikuko (Gyokō no Nikuko-chan)
- Pompo: The Cinéphile
Poupelle of Chimney Town, Fortune Favors Lady Nikuko, and Pompo: The Cinéphile have been nominated in the Feature Film Category of the festival’s Satoshi Kon Award for Achievement in Animation.
The virtual film festival will stream from August 5-25, 2021.
The Annecy International Animation Film Festival has announced the official selection of films that will compete at the 2021 event. Masashi Ando’s The Deer King (Shika no Ō), Kotaru Tamura’s Josee, The Tiger and the Fish, and Yusuke Hirota’s Poupelle of Chimney Town will compete in the Features category.
Science SARU and Masaaki Yuasa’s Japan Sinks: 2020 anime series is competing in the TV Films category. The anime had also been selected to compete in the TV Films category last year.
Established in 1960, Annecy is the world’s oldest and largest animation film festival. This year’s event will run from June 14-19, 2021 in the French town of the same name, and it will celebrate the event’s 60th anniversary.