Shout! Factory Announces Release Date, Specs For ‘The Big Bad Fox And Other Tales’

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Shout! Factory has a new French import on the way.

The Big Bad Fox & Other Tales is set for release on Blu-ray/DVD combo pack on July 16.  The animated feature, from GKids, first premiered in France in 2017. It follows a a fox who cares for a family of baby chickens, a rabbit who plays stork and a duck who wants to be Santa Claus.

Co-directed by Benjamin Renner and Patrick Imbert, the 81-minute feature is an animated adaptation of Renner’s own famed graphic novel that throws back to the golden age of animation, presenting stylistic similarities to classic Looney Tunes shorts.  The slapstick presentations overlay deeper messages about family and the challenges of everyday life that will appeal to parents and older children.

A trailer for the feature is streaming online now here.

As an added bonus, Shout! Factory’s upcoming home release of The Big Bad Fox and Other Tales will also feature additional content, such as and interview with Rnner and Imbert, a “making of” featurette and Q&A session at the New York International Children’s Film Festival.

The feature’s upcoming domestic release will also feature English and French tracks.  The English-dubbed tracks feature the voices of British celebrities, such as Bill Bailey, Justin Edwards and Matthew Goode.

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‘Bird Boy: The Forgotten Children’ Will Easily Appeal To Its Target Audiences

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Home entertainment company Shout! Factory and GKids have been quite busy as of late, prepping a hanful of new home releases. From Japan to France and even to Spain, the two companies have been bringing some rather interesting independent releases from around the world. Their next release, Bird Boy: The Forgotten Children, is set to be released March 13 in stores and online. Originally released theatrically in Spain in 2015, it made its American debut this past December. It goes without saying that this Spanish import is definitely not for children, despite being released in part via GKids. It is also a production that will appeal to a very specific audience as is evidenced through its story. That story will be discussed shortly. The artwork will also appeal to a very specific audience, meaning it plays its own important part to the movie’s presentation that deserves discussion. That being the case, it will be discussed later. The bonus material rounds out the most notable of the movie’s elements. Each element is important in its own right to the whole of Bird Boy: The Forgotten Children. All things considered, they make this presentation one that is certain to appeal to its target audiences.

Shout! Factory and GKids’ forth coming animated feature Bird Boy: The Forgotten Children is an interesting new work that is certain to appeal to its very specific audience base. That is evident in part through the movie’s rather dark story, which centers on a group of young animals on an island that is working to get off of the island. The youths are trying to get off of the island because life on the island had gotten so bad ever since a massive explosion destroyed so much life on the island. Bird Boy, the movie’s title figure ends up playing directly into this dark, almost Tim Burton-esque story in a very big way in the story’s final act. How he plays into the story won’t be given away here for those who have not yet seen this movie. It definitely is a powerful role to say the very least. As director Alberto Vasquez notes in his bonus interview, it is a story that will resonate with older teenagers more so than any other audience group. This and other discussions will be discussed later as the bonus material is examined. Over the course of the youths’ journey, there are interactions with a heroin addicted mouse and his friends, a group of bullies, and police dogs hell-bent on killing Bird Boy among much more. Considering the interactions and characters that the kids meet, it goes without saying that this story is not one for younger audiences. There is even a very brief scene during Dinki’s flashback that shows what looks like her having sex with Bird Boy. Audiences even hear her saying to him as she is on top of him, “not like that” in a certain tone that clearly hints at what’s going on. Again, it’s one more example of why this story is not one for younger audiences, despite being released in part via GKids. That having been noted, the story’s overtly dark vibe makes it one that will appeal to a very fixed audience, even with the happy ending portrayed in the movie’s end credits. The story, with its foreboding vibes, is only one part of what makes this worth the watch among its target audiences. Its animation will appeal to said audiences just as much as the story.

The animation style exhibited in Bird Boy: The Forgotten Children is a style that will easily appeal to anime fans. This is important to note considering the fact that the movie is a Spanish, not Japanese, import. At the same time that it boasts that blatantly anime style look, the animation style used in the graphic novel on which this movie is based is just as obvious. Considering this, the combination of those two styles gives the movie a look that actually has its own identity. While the old adage states to never judge a book by its cover, that almost storybook style animation here in itself gives audiences a strong first impression with its light penciling and rich colors — colors that serve to enhance the bleak, post-apocalyptic feel of the world created in the story. It’s another nice change from the constant barrage of CG movies and TV shows that pollute theaters and airwaves today. Considering this, it becomes clear why the movie’s animation style is just as important to its presentation as its story. It still is not the last of the movie’s most important elements. The bonus material included in the movie is the last of its most important elements.

The bonus material featured in the forthcoming home release of Birdboy: The Forgotten Children includes interviews with co-directors Alberto Vazquez and Pedro Rivero as well as two bonus shorts, one of which — Birdboy — is extremely important in the bigger picture of the full-length presentation. The Birdboy short is so important because it sets the stage for the full-length feature. It does this by presenting the story of the tragic explosion that essentially destroyed so much life on the island. It is just as unsettling as the story at the center of the bigger movie. The interviews with Vazquez and Rivero are important features because of the background that they provide for the story. It is through Vazquez’s interview that audiences learn that Birdboy is based on a graphic novel that he himself created. He also explains the story’s relation to the adolescent experience today. Given, it seems like a bit of stretch even as he makes his case, but it is still an interesting explanation. Rivero admits in his interview that he is actually colorblind, but still has quite the interesting insight into the movie’s animation style. It’s just one of the interesting discussions that he offers in his interview. Between that, the rest of his insights and those offered by Vazquez alongside the bonus Birdboy short, the bonus material shows clearly its importance to the overall presentation of Bird Boy: The Forgotten Children. The bonus Decorado short stands alone as its own artsy bonus short and honestly could have been kept or left. Keeping all of this in mind, the bonus material included in the upcoming home release of Bird Boy: The Forgotten Children is proof yet again of the importance of bonus material in any movie or television show’s home release. It can add so much to or detract from either presentation. In the case of this movie, it adds plenty to the movie’s presentation. When it is set alongside the movie’s story and animation, the whole of the elements makes the movie in whole a presentation that again, will certainly appeal to its key audiences.

Bird Boy: The Forgotten Children is an interesting new offering from Shout! Factory and GKids. The roughly 76-minute (1 hour 16 minute) program is so interesting in that it is a work aimed at a very specific audience. Needless to say that target audience will openly accept the movie. That is due in part to the movie’s story. While rather bleak, it does have some amount of hope. That balance of bleak and bright makes it perfect for its target audience. Its animation style gives it its own identity, making it that much more appealing to its target audience. The bonus material included in the movie’s upcoming home release adds its own touch to the movie’s presentation, too. Each element is clearly important in its own right to the movie’s presentation, as has been noted here. All things considered, they make Bird Boy: The Forgotten Children a work that is certain to appeal to its target audiences. It will be available in stores and online March 13, 2018 and can be pre-ordered online now direct via Shout! Factory’s online store. More information on this and other titles from Shout! Factory is available online now at:

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‘The Girl Without Hands’ Will Appeal To Grown-Up Fans Of Art Films, The Brothers Grimm

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Cinderella. Hansel & Gretel. Sleeping Beauty. The Frog Prince. These are just some of the most well-known stories that were first made well-known by the famed Brothers Grimm. For ages, the brothers’ stories have both entertained and terrified audiences (depending on the story), of all ages.  Yet another of the duo’s tales — the lesser-known The Girl Without Hands — received a then new cinematic adaptation in 2016 via Les Films Pelleas. That adaptation will receive its first ever home release later this month via GKids and Shout! Factory. While GKids is one of the movie’s distributors, it goes without saying that this movie is not one meant for kids. That is thanks to its story, which is one of the main elements to discuss in examining the movie’s upcoming home release. It is related at least in part to the movie’s animation, which will be discussed a little bit later. The bonus material included in the movie’s home release is the last, but not least, important element to discuss in examining this presentation.  It adds its own interest and depth to the movie. Each element is important in its own way to this movie’s home presentation as will be pointed out here. All things considered, they make The Girl Without Hands a presentation that art film fans and brothers Grimm fans alike will appreciate.

Shout! Factory and GKids’ upcoming home release of Les Films Pelleas’ 2016 production of The Girl Without Hands is a presentation that art film fans and those of The Brothers Grimm will appreciate equally. That is due in part to the story at the center of this presentation. The story follows a young woman who is sold to the devil by her father, and eventually goes on a journey to escape the devil. Along the way, she meets the river spirit, who saves her life, and a prince, whom she ends up marrying and with whom she has a son. The story changes some of the elements of the original story in its translation from printed page to screen, but largely stays true to its source material. Purist fans of the Brothers Grimm stories will appreciate the fact that this adaptation did not stray too far from the original story. What’s more, the story’s pacing stays relatively stable from start to finish, too. This is important to note in the bigger picture of the story because the story is just shy of an hour and a half. Considering that this movie is based on a short story, that pacing is important to note because of how solidly it keeps the story moving. At no point will viewers ever find themselves fast forwarding thanks to the attention given to the pacing. On yet another level, it should be noted that while the movie will be distributed via GKids, this story is not one for kids. There is violence — the miller cutting off the girl’s hands, a baby deer being killed, etc. — as well as nudity — there are scenes in which the girl is shown totally nude top to bottom and other times when it’s partial — and even sex. Of course the sex isn’t shown. But it’s pretty obvious regardless. Keeping that in mind, while the story and its pacing are both critical to its presentation, it’s obvious that this movie is not meant for kids, despite being released via GKids. It is meant for adult audiences. Having noted this, the story is only one of the key elements to discuss in examining The Girl Without Hands. Its animation style is, believe it or not, important to its presentation, too.

The animation style used in this presentation is important to discuss because it isn’t just another cookie cutter digital cut and paste presentation. Each scene in the story was hand drawn. From the characters to the scenes themselves, everything was done by hand. Even more intriguing is the fashion in which each scene was animated. The animation is completely unlike anything that American audiences have seen in regards to hand drawn animation past or present. Even the characters themselves, who are drawn in a sort of blinking fashion, shows the advancement of each cel. This approach is discussed by director/writer Sebastien Laudenbach in the movie’s bonus making of featurette, too. His discussion explains in some depth to this topic, too, and is just one of the reasons why that bonus offering is important to the movie’s presentation. It will be discussed shortly. Getting back on the subject at hand, the animation used in this presentation creates full, rich scenes that look almost painted, not just drawn. This approach shows a real attention to such detail, and in tun to giving viewers a visual experience that they will not forget. While it might not be an approach that appeals to everyone — even being hand drawn — it still shows that there is a place for hand drawn animation in today’s overly digitized world. Keeping this in mind, it proves to be critical in its own right to this movie’s presentation, and is still not the last of the movie’s most important elements. Its bonus material rounds out its most important elements.

The bonus material that is included in the home release of The Girl Without Hands is important because of the depth that it adds to the movie. Audiences learn through Laudenbach’s interview that the approach taken to the animation was very deliberate. He explains that the brush strokes and making the characters basically flash gave them more identity and life. It’s an interesting thought, but makes at least some sense in the end. There is also discussion by Laudencbach about the movie’s life. He notes that the story of the movie’s creation goes all the way back to 2008. There were plenty of twists and turns along the way including issues with financial backing, getting rights to the story in certain formats and much more. Through it all the movie never died, leading to its eventual debut in its home nation in 2016, and now its forthcoming domestic home release. It’s an interesting story that adds a certain level of appreciation for the movie, even if one is not a fan of the story of The Girl Without Hands. Keeping this in mind, it becomes clear why the bonus making of featurette included with the movie is just as important to consider as the story and its animation. All three elements tie directly into one another, and in turn make this a presentation that again art film fans will appreciate just as much as fans of the Brothers Grimm’s often dark tales.

Shout! Factory and GKids’ forthcoming home release of The Girl Without Hands is a work that is certain to appeal to grown up fans of the art film world and those of the Brothers Grimm’s often dark tales. Set to be released in stores and online February 20, it definitely is not a movie for children, despite being released via GKids. That being noted, the movie’s adult viewers will appreciate the story, which stays largely true to its source material. The animation stands out starkly against both the cookie cuter digital animation that dominates the animation world today and every other animated movie past and present. The bonus interview with writer/director Sebastien Laudenbach offers its own interest because of the depth that it adds to not just the story but the animation, too. All three elements are clearly intertwined with one another, and through that connection, make the movie in whole a work that is certain to entertain its target art film fans and those of the Brothers Grimm. It can be pre-ordered online now via Shout! Factory’s online store. More information on this and other titles from Shout! Factory is available online now at:

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Shout! Factory, GKids Partner To Release Updated Take Of Classic Brothers Grimm Story

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Shout! Factory’s partnership with GKids is producing yet another home release for both companies this winter.

The Girl Without Hands is currently scheduled to be released Tuesday, Feb. 20 in stores and online.  The movie, based on the classic tale from the Brothers Grimm, will be available on DVD and Blu-ray/DVD combo pack.  It follows a young girl who is being chased by the devil yet is protected by the grace of God.

The story is not one that would be suitable for younger viewers, despite being released via GKids as it deal with the girl’s hands being cut off and being pursued by the devil, but rather for older audiences.  It does have a positive ending, though.

This take on the Grimms’ classic story debuted at the ACID section at the most recent Cannes film festival and was nominated for Best Animated Feature at the Cesar Awards, a French film honors festival.  It won the Jury Prize at the Annecy International Animation Festival, which is a French festival celebrating animated films.  It features the voice talents of Anais Demoustier (ThereseThe Snows of KilimanjaroSweet Evil) and Jeremie Elkaim (Declaration of WarHand in HandMarguerite & Julien).

Along with its main feature, The Girl Without Hands will also feature a handful of bonuses including an interview with director Sebastien Laudenbach and some of his own short films.  It also features a “making of” featurette and a trailer for the movie.

The Girl Without Hands will retail for MSRP of $22.97 on DVD/BD combo pack and $16.97 on DVD, but can be pre-ordered now at a reduced cost of $18.97 (DVD/BD) and $13.97 (DVD) via Shout! Factory’s online store.  More information on this and other titles from Shout! Factory is available online now at:

 

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Shout! Factory/GKids Partner To Release New Anime Flick This Month

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Shout! Factory and GKids have partnered to bring home yet another anime offering from Nippon TV and famed anime director Kenji Kamayana

Napping Princess will be released January 30 on Blu-ray in stores and online.  Nominated for Best Animated Feature — Independent in the 2018 Annie Awards, the movie is set in the year 2020, three days ahead of the Tokyo Olympics.  Lead character Kokone Morikawa (voiced by Mitsuki Takahata — Botanical BooksRageJossy’s in its original overseas release) has to save her father after he is kidnapped for stealing technology from a very powerful company.

Kokone is joined by her friend Morio (Shinnosuke Mitsushima — Blade of the ImmortalErasedDoctor X) in her perilous journey.  During her search for her father, Kokone and Morio realize that Kokone’s dream world, called Heartland, holds the key to the tech that her father stole.  This revelation eventually leads to an even bigger revelation about kokone’s family that is revealed by the story’s end.

The movie is complimented in its upcoming release with a handful of bonuses including an interview with Kamiyana, cast interviews, trailers and much more.  Pre-orders for the movie are available now here.

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Shout! Factory, GKids Partner For Indie Flick’s Home Release

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One of the most accalaimed independent animated films of 2017 will officially make its way home next month thanks to Shout! Factory and GKids.

My Entire High School Sinking Into The Sea will be released on Blu-ray/DVD combo pack Tuesday, Jan. 23 via Shout! Factory and GKids. Described by IndieWire as “John Huges for the Adult Swim generation,” this roughly 75-minute movie follows high school friends Dash (Jason Schwartzman — Moonrise Kingdom, Rushmore, The Darjeeling Limited) and Assaf (Reggie Watts — Pitch Perfect 2, Creative Control, Fort Tilden) as the pair try to survive after an earthquake causes their high school to fall into the ocean.

The pair is joined by popular know-it-all Mary (Lena Dunham — Girls, This Is 40, Tiny Furniture) and lunch lady Lorraine (Susan Sarandon — Rocky Horror Picture Show, Bull Durham, Thelma & Louise) along the way.

The group’s adventure presents a story about how high school forms our identities, even in the most unexpected situations. The story presents that story by mixing elements of the disaster genre with teen dramas and so many blackbuster cliches for a work that stands far and apart from its counterparts.

As an additional bonus for audiences, the movie also includes an audio commentary track from its writer/director (and acclaimed graphic novelist) Dash Shaw. There is also a group of short films and spotlight on the film’s animation style.

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From Up On Poppy Hill Stands Out Successfully Among The Anime Masses

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From Up On Poppy Hill is a surprisingly interesting work from Hayao Miyazaki.  This latest re-issue of the story from one of the masters of modern Japanese anime stands out among the masses as it strays from the typically standard fantasy tales to which viewers have become accustomed from the anime film genre.  It also boasts an equally surprisingly enjoyable soundtrack.  And thanks to the new Special Edition re-issue, fans of this modern anime classic will get even more out of the story than in any previous release.  When set next to the other factors that play into the movie’s success, they come together to make a movie that any anime fan will appreciate no less with each watch.

The most commonly held belied about the anime genre is that its stories are centered in fantastical worlds with stories of equal level fantasy.  From Up On Poppy Hill completely breaks that mold, opting instead for a more real world situation that is sure to keep even the least of anime fans engaged throughout the story’s toughly ninety-minute run time.  The story in question centers on two young high school teenagers living in Yokohama, Japan in 1963.  Both children had lost their fathers when they were much younger.  This leads to a long-held secret that shocks both youths.  And because of just how real the situation is, it will surprise viewers just as much.  The reality of the story makes it so much easier for viewers to suspend their disbelief in watching the story unfold.  Audiences will appreciate the included booklet with story notes written by both Hayao Miyazaki that is included with the upcoming Special Edition re-issue of the movie.  The booklet in question adds even more insight into the movie, and is highly recommended reading before watching the movie.  It’s just one of the bonus features included in the Special Edition re-issue that anime fans will find to be an especially worthwhile addition to the overall package.  It explains both the original story’s concept and its evolution into the story that viewers will have before them in the movie’s Special Edition.

The story behind From Up On Poppy Hill is a very touching and moving tale.  Despite the fact that its main characters are teens, even adults will appreciate the story of the two youths who were ironically enough brought together as a result of a war that tore apart so many families’ lives.  It makes for one of Miyazaki’s more interesting stories.  Just as interesting as the story is the story’s soundtrack.  The largely swing-jazz heavy soundtrack is quite surprising considering the music that backs most of the film maker’s other works.  It fits, though.  This story came right on the early edge of the 1960s.  So the jazz movement that marked the 1950s still had some life.  It adds one more extra touch to a story that already stands out among so many other anime features and helps to make the movie that much more worth the watch.

The music and the story together work quite well in keeping viewers engaged from start to end in From Up On Poppy Hill.  There is one more aspect of the movie’s upcoming re-issue that anime fans will appreciate in taking in this modern anime classic.  That aspect is the collective bonus features included in the movie’s Special Edition.  The Special Edition includes not only the movie on DVD and blu-ray, but also in both English and its original Japanese presentation.  There is also an interview with director Goro Miyazaki included in the set’s bonus features that will both entertain and enlighten viewers.  In the nearly twenty-minute interview, Miyazaki discusses the comparison of the Yokohama that was created in this movie versus the real one.  He laughs as he discusses how those that lived in the real Yokohama disputed so many of the designs intended for the movie.  It leaves him laughing.  And it will leave viewers laughing, too.  In one of the interview’s more moving moments, he becomes introspective in discussing what life must have been like for those that lived in the real Yokohama during the 1960s.  He discusses the importance of getting a feel and respect for what life back then was like.  It shows that while Miyazaki has a sense of humor, he also is human and has emotions.  That would explain why From Up On Poppy Hill is more than just another anime movie.  It’s a movie that although it’s anime, has heart and is worth at least one watch whether one is an anime fan or not.  It will be available September 3rd from GKids and Studio Ghibli and can be pre-ordered via Amazon at http://www.amazon.com/Poppy-Hill-Blu-ray-Combo-Pack/dp/B00CSYRHG6/ref=sr_1_2?s=movies-tv&ie=UTF8&qid=1377654658&sr=1-2&keywords=from+up+on+poppy+hill.  Audiences can find out about even more films from GKids online once they’ve pre-ordered From Up On Poppy Hill at http://www.facebook.com/GKidsfilms and http://www.gkids.tv/films.  To keep up with the latest sports and entertainment reviews and news, go online to http://www.facebook.com/philspicks and “Like” it.  Fans can always keep up with the latest sports and entertainment reviews and news in the Phil’s Picks blog at https://philspicks.wordpress.com.