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Florence Miailhe Designs the BIAF 2022 Poster and Trailer
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'When The Idea is The Most Important”: Interview with Maja Gehrig (Swiss Animation Portraits 2022)
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'Once There Was A Sea', ''Love, Dad', Anne Frank' in the Anifilm Winners 2022
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'Bob Spit', 'Bestia', 'Frankelda' In the 2022 Quirino Awards Winners
(Exclusive): Garrano Animation Short Trailer by David Doutel and Vasco Sá
(Exclusive): Garrano Animation Short Trailer by David Doutel and Vasco Sá
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Animation As Metaphorical Storytelling: Interview with Nils Hedinger (Swiss Animation Portraits 2022)
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'I Like Animation Projects That Go Deep Into the Subject': Interview with Saskia von Virág (Swiss Animation Portraits 2022)
The Audience Will Always Be Different: Interview with Michael Frei (Swiss Animation Portraits 2022)
The Audience Will Always Be Different: Interview with Michael Frei (Swiss Animation Portraits 2022)
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Animated Multiverse: Review of the Contemporary Swiss Animated Production
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Monoclub Chilemonos 2022: Three Weeks of Animation Activities
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'I Enjoy Getting Characters Back On the Stage: Interview with Marjolaine Perreten (Swiss Animation Portraits 2022)
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Exploring Different, Animated Worlds: Interview with Team Tumult (Swiss Animation Portraits 2022)
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Swiss Animation Focus at Annecy Festival: A Comprehensive Guide
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55 European Animation Features Per Year. Do We Watch Them and Are They Enough?
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Flow by Gints Zilbalodis: First Teaser
Deep Love by Mykyta Lyskov
Deep Love by Mykyta Lyskov
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Russian Animation Artists Against the War
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Guillermo Del Toro's Pinocchio: First Trailer
Zoon by Jonatan Schwenk: Interview
Zoon by Jonatan Schwenk: Interview

Forget Miyazaki! (if you can) Here comes the first 3D, CGI feature film from Japan, directed by Takashi Yamazaki.

Based on an children’s book, Friends: Naki on the monster island (Mononoke Shima No Naki) tells a story about the unconditional friendship between two monsters and a human child.

Takashi Yamazaki was responsible for Space Battleship Yamato, a successful sci-fi live-action film, based on a TV series with the same name. Now he fully moves to anime territory (kid-friendly, though).

The narrative of Friends brings Shrek in mind,  whereas its visual look references Monsters, Inc.

 

The film will be released in Japan in December 15, 2011. Read the synopsis and watch the trailer below.

 In a country strangely similar to Japan, there is an island floating on the middle of a lake. It is said that monsters have been living there from the ancient time so that people feared the island calling it "the Monster Island." But in reality, the monsters living there are sweet and are in fact living their lives fearing the humans.

One day, a human child named Kotake wanders off into the island. Surprisingly, Naki, a red ogre who is difficult to please and therefore unpopular among others, ends up taking care of him. Naki hates other ogres as well as humans, and has been living a lonely life, but starts living together with his only friend Gunjo, who is a blue ogre, and the human child Kotake. Through the life with Gunjo and Kotake, Naki gradually opens up his heart and gets to know the meaning of tenderness.

However, the merry living together doesn't last long. Since Kotake comes to miss his parents, Naki sends him back to his village. But when the villagers see Naki, they beat him off, and Naki is stripped away from Kotake. Naki gets depressed after losing Kotake. Seeing his discouraged friend, Gunjo makes up his mind to do a certain thing, which separates Gunjo and Naki forever.