Earlier today, Gkids released their first English-dubbed trailer of Belle, which is the latest movie by Oscar® nominated director Mamoru Hosoda and Studio Chizu. The music-filled movie also has the songs sung in English. This is Hosoda’s ninth feature film.
The summary of the movie is: Suzu is a 17-year-old high school student living in a rural village with her father. For years, she has only been a shadow of herself. One day, she enters “U,” a virtual world of 5 billion members on the Internet. There, she is not Suzu anymore but Belle, a world-famous singer. She soon meets with a mysterious creature. Together, they embark on a journey of adventures, challenges and love, in their quest to become who they truly are.
See the trailer here:
Cast members include:
Kylie McNeill — Suzu/Belle
Paul Castro Jr. — Dragon
Chace Crawford — Justin
Jessica DiCicco — Hiro
Brandon Engman — Kamishin
Manny Jacinto — Shinobu
Hunter Schafer — Ruka
Cristina Vee Valenzuela — Peggie Sue
Belle has many groups and people involved with the creation of the film from all over the world. Veteran Disney character designer Jin Kim designed the main character within the “U” world. He is best known for working on movies such as Tangled, Moana, Big Hero 6, Zootopia, Frozen, Netflix’s Over the Moon, and Red Shoes and the Seven Dwarfs. Cartoon Saloon’s Oscar-nominated Wolfwalkers directors Tomm Moore and Ross Stewart “will bring their talents to the table along with Mamoru Hosoda to create a never-before-seen world”, according to Studio Chizu. Cartoon Saloon worked primarily on the background art for fantasy scenes in the internet world. Eric Wong, a London-based architect and designer, created the concept artwork for the world of U. Hosoda personally found and commissioned Eric to come up with this universal and international ‘internet space’ from both an architectural and design perspective.
As a fun little note, Hosoda’s daughter dubbed one of the girls in the Japanese version of Wolfwalkers.
In July 2021, Belle had a premiere event at the Cannes Film Festival. It was so loved, it received a 14-minutes straight of clapping standing ovation.
— Gregory Ellwood – The Playlist 🎬 (@TheGregoryE) July 15, 2021
Mamoru Hosada's 14-minute standing ovation for 'Belle' at the 2021 Cannes Film Festival puts him right between 'Capernaum'/'The Paperboy' and 'Bowling for Columbine' on the all-time list. #CannesFilmFestival pic.twitter.com/37rHfFFMby
— Erik Anderson (@awards_watch) July 15, 2021
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