In a press release issued today, a partnership between Toei Animation and Eleven Arts was announced to bring the studio’s Digimon Adventure Tri film series to theaters in the United States this fall. The series is a sequel to the Digimon Adventure and Digimon Adventure 02 anime series previously localized for children’s television by Saban Entertainment, starring older versions of the original human cast.
Digimon Adventure followed the adventure of a group of children drawn into another world existing within the Earth’s digital networks, teaming up with companion creatures known as Digimon to defeat corrupted and evil Digimon to protect both worlds. The first chapter of Digimon Adventure Tri, entitled “Reunion”, introduces a mysterious new threat from the Digital World that will force the original cast to team up in the real world while also dealing with events in their normal everyday lives.
Digimon Adventure Tri will screen in U.S. theaters with the debut of a brand new English dub. While voice casting has yet to be announced, actor Jeff Nimoy recently affirmed on his blog that he is reprising his role as the Digimon Tentomon as well as the fact that the Digimon Adventure Tri dub is being produced at Studiopolis.
The first chapter will debut in English in a one-night event in over 300 cities through Fathom Events on September 15, 2016, followed by a “national theatrical release in major cities.”
The first two Digimon Adventure Tri films are currently streaming in Japanese with English subtitles in episodic format on Crunchyroll. The third installment is scheduled to debut in Japanese theaters on September 24th, with six films planned in total. The original Japanese teaser trailer and the full press release follows:
ELEVEN ARTS AND TOEI ANIMATION ANNOUNCE U.S. RELEASE OF FIRST ENGLISH LANGUAGE VERSION OF INTERNATIONALLY ACCLAIMED ANIME FILM “DIGIMON ADVENTUREtri. – CHAPTER 1: REUNION”
SPECIAL ONE-NIGHT FATHOM EVENTS SCREENING AND MULTI-CITY THEATRICAL RELEASE PLANNED NATIONWIDE.
Los Angeles – June 29, 2016 – Leading Los Angeles based Film Distribution Company ELEVEN ARTS and Toei Animation announced today that they will release the English language version of internationally acclaimed anime film Digimon Adventure tri. – Chapter 1: Reunion.
ELEVEN ARTS and Toei Animation plan a one-night Fathom Events screening in 300+ US movie theaters on September 15, 2016, followed by a traditional multi-city national theatrical release in major cities.
Digimon Adventure tri. (デジモンアドベンチャーtri) is a Japanese action-adventure anime film series produced by Toei Animation.
Digimon Adventure tri. – Chapter 1: Reunion is the first English language feature film in the wildly popular series, which has not yet been released to American audiences. This release marks the first DIGIMON English film to be released in the US since 2000 and has delighted audiences in its native Japan.
It’s been six years since the summer adventure when Tai (now in high school) and the rest of the DigiDestined crossed over to the Digital World and nearly three years since frenzied final battles between warring factions. With the gate to the Digital World closed, time continues to pass, until the adventure Digivolves once again.
“We are extremely proud to announce our first time partnership with Toei Animaton. We have been huge fans of Toei and the Digimon series for years, and are thrilled to participate in the release of this true hallmark of Japanese Anime. We cannot wait to share a theatrical experience that will be sure to satisfy audiences across North America,” said ELEVEN ARTS CEO, Ko Mori.
“We are excited to partner with ELEVEN ARTS to share this exciting title with audiences across the U.S.,” said Masayuki Endo, President of Toei Animation Inc. “American viewers have been eagerly awaiting the next chapter in the Digimon saga for nearly sixteen years, and we’re delighted to have produced this English language version for theaters, giving it the cinematic treatment our fans deserve.”
ABOUT ELEVEN ARTS
ELEVEN ARTS is a Los Angeles based film production/distribution company known for distributing high quality Japanese films, live-action and animation, to North American audiences. ELEVEN ARTS’s major live-action titles include: Japan Academy Awards winner Memories of Tomorrow (starring Ken Watanabe) and Oscar nominated director Yoji Yamada’s samurai film Love and Honor. ELEVEN ARTS’ anime titles include: the Evangelion franchise, Fullmetal Alchemist: The Sacred Star of Milos, the Puella Magi Madoka Magica franchise, Blue Exorcist: The Movie, Expelled from Paradise, The Last: Naruto the Movie, Boruto: Naruto the Movie, and The Anthem of the Heart.
For additional information, visit: www.elevenarts.net
ABOUT TOEI ANIMATION INC.
Based in Los Angeles, Toei Animation Inc. is responsible for the program licensing of Toei-produced series to North America, Latin America, South Africa, Australia and New Zealand. Toei’s Los Angeles office also handles all categories of consumer product licensing based on its film and television properties within these territories.
For more information, please visit www.toei-animation-usa.com
Fathom Events is recognized as the leading domestic distributor of event cinema, and ranks as one of the largest overall distributors of content to movie theaters. Owned by AMC Entertainment Inc. (NYSE: AMC), Cinemark Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: CNK) and Regal Entertainment Group (NYSE: RGC) (known collectively as AC JV, LLC), Fathom Events offers a variety of one-of-a-kind entertainment events and unique extras that take audiences behind the scenes for the ultimate VIP experience. Fathom Events’ live digital broadcast network (“DBN”) is the largest cinema broadcast network in North America.www.FathomEvents.com