Watch the first scene of Belle from Mamoru Hosoda, a Beauty and the Beast anime

From the animated film by Mamoru Hosoda Beautiful Premiered at the Cannes Film Festival in July 2021 – just a day before its opening in Japan – it has become one of the most anticipated animated film releases of the year. Over the past decade, Hosoda has built a reputation as one of Japan’s most famous and recognizable animated screenwriters and directors, for his captivating and visually lush films. The Girl Who Leaped In Time, Summer Wars, Wolf Children, The boy and the beast, and Mirai. Beautiful, the latest film from Hosoda’s Studio Chizu, is a futuristic riff on the classic Beauty and the Beast story. Distribution company GKIDS has now uploaded the English dubbed version of the film’s opening scene.

Beautiful takes place in the near future where apparently everyone on Earth has the option of connecting to a virtual reality called U, which automatically generates an avatar for them based on their biometric information. U is presented as a perfect sensory replica of reality, and the mysterious creators of the online space invite users to start over and live their lives in U. The opening scene introduces the concept and the setting – and features Belle. , a singer who has become U’s star escape bug, for the innovative and personal songs she sings. After this opening scene, it immediately becomes clear that Belle is much more than her online persona, but the opening sequence itself is just a celebration of color and energy as Belle turns into herself. produced for its worshiping crowds.

Beautiful arrives in US theaters on January 14, with IMAX previews starting January 12. The full English trailer for the film is below.

Floyd N. Morlan