Shout! Factory & Eleven Arts Anime Studio Bring ‘A Silent Voice’ Home

The tender, captivating anime feature A Silent Voice will make its home entertainment debut in the U.S., as ELEVEN ARTS Anime Studio and Shout! Factory release both the English subtitled and dubbed versions on Blu-ray combo, DVD and digital on April 2. Directed by Naoko Yamada (Liz and the Blue Bird) from a screenplay by Reiko Yoshida, the film won the Japan Academy Prize for Animation of the Year, as well as Best Film and Best Screenplay at the Tokyo Anime Awards, and the Japanese Movie Critics Award for Best Animation.

Based on the critically acclaimed manga by Yoshitoki Oima, A Silent Voice is a gorgeous coming-of-age drama with a powerful message about bullying, depression and forgiveness. When a deaf elementary school girl named Shoko is forced to transfer to a new school after a boy named Shôya constant bullies her, Shôya suffers over the consequences of his guilt for years. Upon entering high school, Shôya finally decides he must find Shoko, to make amends for what he did in elementary school and to become her friend. Along the way, he meets new and old faces, and struggles with many complicated relationships and feelings.

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Daily News Bytes: LEGO Flash Speeds to Disc, Animafest Selections, Ava DuVernay Irons Out ‘A Wrinkle’ & More

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WIA Conversations: Nika Futterman
RSVP to reserve your spot at this informative, intimate conversation with the accomplished voice actress, hosted by Amy Ulrich for Women in Animation. Futterman got her first voice role in 1995, playing Olga on Hey Arnold, and has since voiced hundreds of character in TV, film and video games. The talk will take place at Nickelodeon Animation Studio in Burbank on March 22; doors at 6 p.m. Free for WIA members.

WATCH: The Early Animated Films
The Royal Ocean Film Society travels back in time for a global perspective on the art form’s evolution from the turn of the century to Disney’s Snow White.

ReedPOP Takes Comic Con to Africa for First Time
The Kyalami Grand Prix Circuit & International Convention Centre in South Africa will celebrate comics, sci-fi, fantasy, anime, animation, video games and more from September 14-16, 2018.

Animafest Zagreb Announces 2018 Selections
Festival organizers have revealed the films that will vie in the Grand Competition, Croatian Competition and Student Film Competition at this year’s event (June 4-9). Animafest received 1,800 submissions from 76 countries for the 2018 edition.

LISTEN: Playback Ep. 64 – Ava DuVernay / A Wrinkle in Time
The visionary filmmaker discusses the “feminization of fantasy” in her adaptation of A Wrinkle in Time, which goes into its opening weekend with a $ 1.3M Thursday night take. The film is the first $ 100M production to be directed by a woman of color, and promises to be a female-lead answer to the resounding success of Black Panther.

WATCH: “Time Loop” Clip | LEGO DC Super Heroes: The Flash
The Flash’s world spins out of control when his arch-nemesis Reverse-Flash puts the Scarlet Speedster into a vicious time loop in the latest Warner Bros. Animation / DC Ent. / The LEGO Group home video adventure. Directed by Ethan Spaulding, the flick features the voices of James Arnold Taylor, Kate Micucci, Kevin Michael Richardson, Dwight Schultz, Troy Baker, Nolan North, Grey Griffin, Eric Bauza, Tom Kenny, Phil LaMarr, Khary Payton, Vanessa Marshall, Dee Bradley Baker, Jason Spisak and Audrey Wasilewski. On disc March 13, available on digital now.

Nika Futterman

Nika Futterman

LEGO DC Super Heroes: The Flash

LEGO DC Super Heroes: The Flash

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Daily News Bytes: ‘A Silent Voice’ Tix on Sale, ‘Breadwinner’ Wins Strong Reviews, & More

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TICKETS: ‘A Silent Voice’ in US Theaters Oct. 20
ELEVEN ARTS Anime Studio’s presentation of the moving anime feature from Naoko Yamada is confirmed for 51 cinemas across the country — from San Diego to New York City and a goodly variety of cities in between.

‘The Breadwinner’ Toronto Review: Vibrant Animated Movie May Force Oscar Attention
Debuting at TIFF, the Cartoon Saloon feature set in war-torn Afghanistan is getting rave reviews that could bring helmer Nora Twomey (who co-directed The Secret of Kells) into the Best Animated Feature race again, despite the questionable shift in Academy voting rules.

Facebook to Spend $ 1 Billion on Original Content for “Watch” Through 2018
Tubefilter sifts the news and rumors about Facebook’s aggressive push into original video content production and promulgation. Watch launched across the US last week.

Where YouTube Meets Japanese Animation
Video sharing sites which blend role-play, film and gaming elements are giving Chinese millennials a customizable online escape from the tedium of everyday life.

In the Golden Age of TV, the Existential-Animation Is King
Sam Thielman dissects the importance of Netflix’s BoJack Horseman (season four available now) and Adult Swim’s Rick and Morty season 3 in today’s television landscape.

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Henry Selick to Direct ‘A Tale Dark & Grimm’

Henry Selick

Henry Selick

Stop-motion master Henry Selick is moving to the world of live-action. The Oscar-nominated director of classics such as Coraline and A Nightmare Before Christmas has signed on to direct FilmNation’s adaptation of Adam Gidwitz’s children’s novel A Tale Dark & Grimm. The book centers on two children who escape their own dark fairy tales story only to find themselves trapped in eight other twisted Grimm-like tales.

The script is written by John W. Mann and Jon Gunn, the duo behind DreamWorks’ upcoming B.O.O.: Bureau of Otherworldly Operations. Marissa McMahon, Aaron Ryder and Karen Lunder are listed as producers.

Last year, Selick was working on a stop-motion feature for Disney called The Shadow King, which was later abandoned by the studio. The movie was last reported to have been revived by producer Josh Penn and German/UK outfit K5 International.

A Tale Dark & Grimm

A Tale Dark & Grimm

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