Studio Ponoc, the new animation studio founded by director Yoshiaki Nishimura (The Tale of The Princess Kaguya, When Marnie Was There) and featuring many artists from the venerable Studio Ghibli, made an immediate splash last year with its acclaimed debut film Mary and The Witch’s Flower. The studio returns with an ambitious anthology of three thrilling tales created by some of the greatest talents working in Japanese animation today.
In Kanini & Kanino, directed by Hiromasa Yonebayashi, two crab brothers embark on a grand underwater adventure to find their father, after an accident carries him far downstream. Depicted as tiny beings in a large and merciless natural world, the brothers must evade a freshwater predator if they are ever to reunite with their family again.
In Life Ain’t Gonna Lose, acclaimed animator Yoshiyuki Momose (key animator on Isao Takahata’s films at Studio Ghibli) makes his directorial debut with a very different kind of story. Shun is an 8-year-old boy living in Tokyo with a life-threatening allergy to eggs. While his mother works hard to protect him and lead an ordinary life, Shun has an unexpected encounter with an egg product, and he must begin a race against time to save himself.
Lastly, in Invisible (the directing debut of Akihiko Yamashita, a talented key animator on many of Studio Ghibli and Hayao Miyazaki’s best-known films) a man struggles with invisibility. As he finds his life beginning to quite literally float away, a momentous decision gives him the chance to reclaim his humanity.
Shown in the English dubbed version. Recommended for ages 7+