Studio Ponoc’s Animated Anthology MODEST HEROES Comes to Blu-ray June 18 from GKIDS & Shout! Factory
From the Creators of MARY AND THE WITCH’S FLOWER
Source: Shout! Factory press release
Official Site: ponoc.jp/eiyu (Japan), fathomevents.com/events/modest-heroes, modestheroes (US)
Special Thanks to Shannon Meehan
GKIDS and Shout! Factory will issue MODEST HEROES: PONOC SHORT FILMS THEATRE (ちいさな英雄－カニとタマゴと透明人間－,
Chīsana Eiyū – Kani to Tamago to Tōmei Ningen -, 2018) on Blu-ray + DVD and digital download on June 18, 2019. The release, which features both Japanese and English audio tracks and comes complete with bonus features, is available for pre-order now on shoutfactory.com.
From Studio Ponoc (MARY AND THE WITCH’S FLOWER), the acclaimed new studio founded by twice-Academy Award-nominated producer Yoshiaki Nishimura (THE TALE OF THE PRINCESS KAGUYA, WHEN MARNIE WAS THERE), comes a thrilling collection of stories exploring ideas of heroism in their own unique way.
MODEST HEROES is an ambitious collection of three thrilling tales created by some of the greatest talent working in Japanese animation today. KANINI & KANINO (カニーニとカニーノ, Kanīni to Kanīno) is directed by Academy Award-nominee Hiromasa Yonebayashi (WHEN MARNIE WAS THERE, MARY AND THE WITCH’S FLOWER); LIFE AIN’T GONNA LOSE (サムライエッグ, Samurai Eggu), featuring the voice of Maggie Q (NIKITA, DESIGNATED SURVIVOR), is helmed by Yoshiyuki Momose, who was a key animator on Isao Takahata’s films at Studio Ghibli; and INVISIBLE (透明人間, Tōmei Ningen) director Akihiko Yamashita was a key animator on many of Hayao Miyazaki’s best-known films. Each is produced by Studio Ponoc’s Yoshiaki Nishimura.
Blu-ray + DVD Combo
Release Date: June 18, 2019
Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
Run Time: 54 Minutes
Language: Japanese, English
Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
· Modest Heroes of Studio Ponoc
· Film Completion Press Conference
· Interviews with Japanese Voice Cast
· Art Galleries
· Trailers and TV Spots
GKIDS is a producer and distributor of award-winning feature animation for both adult and family audiences. Since 2010, the company has scored an astounding nine Best Animated Feature Oscar nominations — including THE SECRET OF KELLS, A CAT IN PARIS, THE TALE OF THE PRINCESS KAGUYA and BOY AND THE WORLD. GKIDS also handles North American theatrical distribution for Oscar winner Hayao Miyazaki’s famed Studio Ghibli library of films, one of the world’s most coveted animation collections with titles SPIRITED AWAY, MY NEIGHBOR TOTORO, PRINCESS MONONOKE and others. GKIDS founder and CEO Eric Beckman is also co-founder of New York International Children’s Film Festival, an Oscar-qualifying event and North America’s largest film festival for children and teens.
About Shout! Factory
Shout! Factory, LLC is a diversified multi-platform media company devoted to producing, uncovering, preserving and revitalizing the very best of pop culture. Founders Richard Foos, Bob Emmer and Garson Foos have spent their entire careers sharing their music, television and film favorites with discerning consumers the world over. Shout! Factory’s entertainment offerings serve up feature films, classic and contemporary TV series, animation, live music and comedy specials. In addition, Shout! Factory maintains a vast entertainment distribution network which delivers culturally relevant programming, movie and audio content to all the leading digital service providers in North America and across multiple platforms. Shout! Factory owns and operates Shout! Studios, Scream Factory, Shout! Factory Kids, Shout! Factory Films, Mystery Science Theater 3000, Timeless Media Group and Shout! Factory TV. These riches are the result of a creative acquisition mandate that has established the company as a hotbed of cultural preservation and commercial reinvention. Shout! Factory is based in Los Angeles, California. For more on Shout! Factory, visit shoutfactory.com.
About Studio Ponoc
Studio Ponoc is an animation film studio based in Tokyo, Japan. Founded by Studio Ghibli producer Yoshiaki Nishimura in 2016 and staffed with veterans of Studio Ghibli and some of the finest talent in Japanese animation, Studio Ponoc creates beautiful hand-drawn, hand-painted animated films for families to enjoy together and for general audiences around the world. Producer Nishimura was nominated for two Academy Awards for Studio Ghibli’s THE TALE OF THE PRINCESS KAGUYA and WHEN MARNIE WAS THERE, and produced Studio Ponoc’s first film, MARY AND THE WITCH’S FLOWER, directed by Oscar-nominated director Hiromasa Yonebayashi (THE SECRET WORLD OF ARRIETTY, WHEN MARNIE WAS THERE) and released in 2017 to worldwide acclaim. The Studio’s newest project, Ponoc Short Films Theatre, begins with MODEST HEROES (2018), an anthology of three short films.