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Disney is Bringing ‘Doraemon,’ the Iconic Anime Robot Cat, to American TV

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Disney is Bringing ‘Doraemon,’ the Iconic Anime Robot Cat, to American TV
Disney helped bring American animation to the world, and now it's bringing one of Asia's most iconic cartoons to America. The Mouse House will air 26 episodes of “Doraemon,” a manga-turned-anime from Japan about a robot-like cat from the future, on its cable channel Disney Xd this summer. Also read: America's ‘Frozen’ Obsession Continues, Leading to Disney Store Lotteries and Disneyland Craziness The original announcement about the deal came in the Japanese newspaper Nikkei, and has since been confirmed to the WSJ by Disney publicists in Japan. The series was launched as a manga in 1969 by Hiroshi Fujimoto and Motoo Abiko,
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First Trailer For CG/3D Animated Film Stand By Me Doraemon

For most children aged between 3-12 in Japan and other parts of Asia, there is no manga/anime character more enduringly beloved and recognizable than Doraemon, the futuristic robotic cat who travels back in time to aid the young boy Nobita Nobi overcome his many shortcomings.  Created by the mangaka duo, Fujiko Fujio in the 70s, the long running sci-fi comedy manga went on to spawn an anime series and multiple films released annually via Toho.This summer will mark the first CG/3D animated take on the popular franchise in Stand by Me Doraemon from the director duo, Takashi Yamazaki (Always: Sunset on Third Street, Space Battleship Yamato) and Ryuichi Yagi (Friends: Naki on Monster Island) with a script by Yamazaki. The story is based on the...

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Hayao Miyazaki Receives Japanese Cultural Merit Honor

Now this is a piece of news that brings a tear to an eye (and not ironically, sarcastically or in any bad way speaking) – the Japanese government announced anime director Hayao Miyazaki as one of this year’s 15 winners of the Person of Cultural Merit honor on Tuesday.

Hayao Miyazaki is best known for his animated films produced under Studio Ghibli, such as Princess Mononoke, Howl’s Moving Castle, and Ponyo. He is now deep in production of his latest work, an anime “with lots of airplanes” and a projected 2013 release date.

The Japanese government awards the cultural honor every November to people who contributed to Japanese culture for many years (something similar to an Award for lifetime achievement). The winners of The Order of Cultural Merit, highest order, are decorated by the Emperor himself in the Imperial Palace on November 3 — a national holiday called Cultural Day. This year’s
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Jean Reno is Adorable as Doraemon

Created by Fujiko F. Fujio in 1969, Doraemon is a Japanese manga and anime series that tell the story of a robotic cat called Doraemon that is sent back from the future to the present day to help a young boy named Nobita. The sender is in fact Nobita's great-great grandson who wants to help improve fortunes of the family.Since its creation, Doraemon has become a cultural phenomenon and an icon of Japanese culture. It became Japan's first official anime ambassador in 2008.In a series of Japanese car advertisements, Jean Reno (star of one of my all-time favorite films Leon The Professional) plays Doraemon. The latest ad is embedded below, while the rest could be viewed via Anime News Network. ...
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Doraemon: Nobita And The Island Of Miracles - Animal Adventure Trailer

Created by Fujiko F. Fujio in 1969, Doraemon is a Japanese manga and anime series that tell the story of a robotic cat called Doraemon that is sent back from the future to the present day to help a young boy named Nobita. The sender is in fact Nobita's great-great grandson who wants to help improve fortunes of the family. Since its creation, Doraemon has become a cultural phenomenon and an icon of Japanese culture. It became Japan's first official anime ambassador in 2008. I have always been particularly fond of Doraemon, as it was one of the first animes I ever had the joy of watching; and as a child, I often wished I had access to Doraemon's pocket with all those special gadgets. Doraemon:...
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CJ7

HONG KONG -- A comic trio formed by a poor workman, his son and his alien pet drive the story of CJ7, a hyperactive, wishful-thinking special effects fantasy suitable for family outings. It is the long-awaited brainchild of Stephen Chow, the comedian-writer-director who pioneered the unique Hong Kong genre of mo lei tau (nonsensical) comedy in the early 1990s.

Despite Chow's self-professed desire to salute E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial and oblique borrowings from Japanese anime Doraemon, the sci-fi classic Invasion of the Body Snatchers springs foremost to mind as Chow's one-of-a-kind magnetic screen persona seems to have been abducted by aliens, who replaced him with a pod spouting moral platitudes and CGI-enhanced emotions.

A joint effort by Chow's Star Overseas and Columbia Pictures Film Production Asia, "CJ7" has worldwide release ambitions; it bows stateside Friday. Even with Chow's trademark smart-ass Cantonese neologisms and Hong Kong's ineffable local color filtered out while proficiently rendered visual effects stand in for gags, Chow's strong Asian fan base is still flocking to the theaters. Convincing a North American audience more familiar with Jackie Chan and Jet Li and more likely to prefer Chow's more exotic and action-packed Shaolin Soccer and Kung Fu Hustle won't be so easy, though.

This is Chow's first directorial work shot entirely in China, but geographic and cultural character look fuzzy. He plays Ti, a construction laborer who pays through the nose to send his only son Dicky (Xu Jiao) to an elite school. Dicky's street urchin looks make him a target for bullying. Only his teacher, Miss Yuen (Kitty Zhang), shows some kindness.

Dicky wants his classmate's cyber toy CJ1, but the impoverished Chow finds him a scrap-yard substitute that he names CJ7. The florescent green blob morphs into a creature with a fluffy mane and a bouncy, squishy torso. Dicky dreams of impressing his classmates with alien high-tech gizmos but ends up thoroughly humiliated. However, when an accident happens, CJ7 reveals its hidden powers.

The first half-hour depicts father-son relations with a mischievous charm reminiscent of Chow's early films. Xu, a girl who impersonates the boy Dicky, is the one who holds the film together. A natural in front of the camera, she has a wealth of facial expressions even in solo scenes with a computer-generated figure. Zhang, who wears a cheongsam tight enough to moonlight in a hostess bar, never stirs as a love interest.

"CJ7" revels in a cartoon-like depiction of abject poverty with a priceless scene where cockroach swatting is an alternative to PlayStation. However, such social issues as education, employment and inequality of wealth are glossed over by slogan-like mottos of being poor but virtuous. The storybook ending is artificial and offers no antidote to Ti and Dicky's problems.

CJ7

Sony Pictures Classics

Columbia Pictures Film Production Asia/the Star Overseas/China Film Group

Credits:

Director: Stephen Chow

Screenwriters: Stephen Chow, Vincent Kok, Tsang Kan-cheong, Lam Fung, Sandy Shaw, Fung Chih-chiang

Producers: Stephen Chow, Chui Po-chu, Han Sanping

Director of photography: Poon Hang-sang

Production designer: Oliver Wong

Music: Raymond Wong

Co-producers Vincent Kok, Connie Wong

Costume designer: Dora Ng

Editor: Angie Lam

Cast:

Ti: Stephen Chow

Dicky: Xu Jiao

Miss Yuen: Kitty Zhang

Mr. Cao: Lee Shing-cheung

Building Site Foreman: Lam Tze-chung

Running time -- 88 minutes

MPAA rating: PG

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