Shout! Factory and Eleven Arts have announced the May 3 premium-video-on-demand (PVOD) release of the acclaimed animated adventure film Poupelle of Chimney Town.
The film’s PVOD release follows a nationwide theatrical run. Poupelle will become available for purchase through retail digital channels May 17, followed by its debut on Blu-ray Disc (in a combo pack, with a DVD) on May 31.
Based on a popular Japanese picture book by celebrated author and creator Akihiro Nishino, the film was directed by Yusuke Hirota and produced at Tokyo’s famed STUDIO4ºC. 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. The English-language voice cast includes Tony Hale (Being the Ricardos), Antonio Raul Corbo, Stephen Root (Finding Nemo, “King of the Hill”), Misty Lee and Hasan Minhaj.
The Poupelle of Chimney Town Blu-ray + DVD combo pack will include two versions of the film — English audio and Japanese audio with English subtitles — a variety of bonus content, and an exclusive art booklet with a special message from executive producer and creator Akihiro Nishino.
An official selection of Annecy International Animation Film Festival and numerous other renowned festivals, Poupelle of Chimney Town has been recognized with several honors and movie awards nominations, including a Japan Academy Film Prize for Excellent Animation of the Year, a Cristal Award nomination from Annecy for Best Feature, an ANNIE awards nomination for Best Music — Feature, and a Satoshi Kon Award nomination from Fantasia for Best Animated Feature.