New 3D CG Anime Film from Pui Pui Molcar Franchise Coming This Year
The authoritative online portal for Shinei Animation‘s Pui Pui Molcar stop-motion anime series revealed on Tuesday that the franchise will release a brand-new 3D CG anime film courtesy of TOHO Next in the current year. This movie will be different from the previous stop-motion animation.
Film director Mankyū, known for his works in Sumikkogurashi – Good to be in the corner, Migi & Dali, The IDOLM@STER Shiny Colors, is at the helm of the film, with the original series’ director Tomoki Misato as the chief supervisor. Screenwriter Yuuko Kakihara, known for other anime series such as Chihayafuru season 2 and 3, Cells at Work!, and Buddy Daddies is responsible for drafting the script.
The stop-motion series, first aired in January 2021, is part of TV Tokyo‘s Kinder TV children’s variety program. The narrative revolves around guinea pigs that transform into cars (the word “Molcar” is derived from a combination of “car” and “morumotto,” the Japanese term for “guinea pig”, an alteration of the English word “marmot”). Netflix initiated streaming the series to an international audience outside of some Asian territories in March 2021. The aggregate film for the series, Tobidase! Narase! Pui Pui Molcar, launched in Japan in July 2021.
The series employs characters animated with stop-motion techniques and created with wool felt.
Renowned Tomoki Misato marked his initial directorial venture for an animated television series through this project. Authenticating contribution to the script, Misato co-ordinated with Hana Ono and Kei Sato on the storyboards. The animation team for the series comprised of Misato, Ikuko Iwatsuki, Kei Sato, and Makoto Takano. The artists involved were Misato, Ikuko Iwatsuki, Kei Sato, Harune Satō, and Michiko Kaihatsu. The musical background was composed by Shōta Kowashi.
The franchise has already inspired the creation of the Pui Pui Molcar Mogu Mogu Parking smartphone game that was released in July 2021.
Producing company Shinei Animation is famous for creating notable anime series such as Crayon Shin-chan and Doraemon, among other popular titles. Wit Studio collaborated with Misato to establish a stop-motion animation studio in December 2020.