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'Children Of The Sea' Gets English Trailer, Fathom Events Screenings

The extremely fruitful relationship between boutique animation distributor GKIDS Films and Fathom Events is set to continue well into 2020. The next film the two companies will collaborate to bring to cinema-goers in the US and Canada is Children Of The Sea, the new anime film from Studio 4°C.

Previously announced by GKIDS, and screened at last year's Animation Is Film festival and in selection at Annecy, the film is adapted from a manga by Daisuke Igarashi. It's directed by Ayumu Watanabe (Space Brothers)  and features an original score by frequent Miyazaki collaborator Joe Hisaishi.

The movie will screen as a Fathom Event for two nights only on April 20 (subtitled) and April 22 (English dubbed). The film will be accompanied by an interview with director Ayumu Watanabe and CGI director Kenichiro Akimoto.  A limited theatrical release from GKIDS will follow starting April 24. The film will also screen in Canada at Cineplex locations on April 22 and 23.

The official US trailer for the film has been released, showcasing its unique look. It's beautifully animated- as expected from 4C-  but the characters have a very distinctive style, with a lovely sketchy style- presumably based on the manga's art. It's a bold choice, particularly for a family film.

The synopsis for the film has also been released:

When Ruka was younger, she saw a ghost in the water at the aquarium where her dad works. Now she feels drawn toward the aquarium and the two mysterious boys she meets there, Umi and Sora. They were raised by dugongs and hear the same strange calls from the sea as she does. Ruka’s dad and the other adults who work at the aquarium are only distantly aware of what the children are experiencing as they get caught up in the mystery of the worldwide disappearance of the oceans’ fish.

Check out the trailer, below. Tickets will be on sale starting March 12 online or at participating venues.