Los Angeles, California – June 2, 2021 – Studio Chizu drops the full international trailer for BELLE, the highly anticipated animated feature by Mamoru Hosoda.
BELLE will be released in Japan on July 16th by Toho.
BELLE is Hosoda’s ninth project and follows the 2018 Oscar-nominated “Mirai”, which world premiered at Cannes’ Director’s Fortnight and received the Annie Award for best animated feature. The new film promises everything that one can expect from Hosoda’s original vision: a touching coming of age story with a philosophical edge and exciting style, exploring dynamics he already tackled in films like “Summer Wars” (2009).
BELLE rounded up a top-notch crew if international talents, the first of its kind in the history of Japanese animation. Character designer Jin Kiim, who previously worked on several iconic Disney movies like “Frozen” and “Moana”, shaped the title character. British architect and designer Eric Wong gave life to Hosoda’s design, creating the never-before-seen world of “U”. Directors Tomm Moore and Ross Stewart from Cartoon Saloon, the Irish animation studio behind the Oscar-nominated films “Song of the Sea”, “The Secret of Kells” and “Wolfwalkers”, gave their contribution for fanstasy scenes set in the virtual world.
BELLE is produced by Hosoda’s long standing collaborator, Yuchirio Saito, president of Studio Chizu, the director’s animation banner.