Odds & Ends: Pokémon Sun and Moon/March Movie Madness on Teletoon, Belladonna on TCM, Sunrises on 70 HMV locations

Teletoon is celebrating March break with a swarm of Pokémon, from the premiere of the latest season to the newest movie, with a sprinkling of older flicks for you to catch up on.

Kicking the week off, Teletoon has scheduled the original Pokémon film for March 13th at 4PM. The twelfth feature, Arceus and the Jewel of Life, airs at the same time on Tuesday. Wednesday has Genesect and the Legend Awakened. On Friday, Teletoon’s schedule has Lucario and the Mystery of the Mew. What’s on Thursday? The Canadian premiere of nineteenth movie, Volcanion and the Mechanical Marvel:


In this latest cinematic adventure, Ash meets the Mythical Pokémon Volcanion when it crashes down from the sky, creating a cloud of dust—and a mysterious force binds the two of them together! Volcanion despises humans and tries to get away, but it’s forced to drag Ash along as it continues its rescue mission. They arrive in a city of cogs and gears, where a corrupt minister has stolen the ultimate invention: the Artificial Pokémon Magearna, created 500 years ago. He plans to use its mysterious power to take control of this mechanical kingdom! Can Ash and Volcanion work together to rescue Magearna? One of the greatest battles in Pokémon history is about to unfold!

The film opened in Japan last July and had its English debut in Australia in November. In the US, its December 5th run became the first Pokémon film to premiere on Disney XD after the franchise ended its long time relationship with Cartoon Network.

That’s not all for Pokémon March madness on Teletoon, though. The channel has set to premiere Pokémon The Series: Sun and Moon on Saturday, March 18th at 12PM. This follows the show’s two-episode sneak preview on Disney XD in the US on December 5th. As of this writing, the channel has yet to solidify a proper broadcast schedule for it.

Even Télétoon in Quebec is joining in on the Pokémon fun. The French feed kicks things off a week earlier with the first film on March 6th, L’Ascension de Darkrai on the 7th, Arceus et le Joyau on the 8th, Hoopa et le Choc des Légendes on the 9th and Volcanion on the 10th.

Reminds me of when Teletoon hosted a Pokémon Go lure event over the summer.

If Pokémon isn’t your thing, catch Power Rangers: Ninja Steel, which premiered on Feb. 25th, at 12:30PM.

Update (3/2/2017): Turns out Teletoon actually premiered Volcanion on New Year’s Eve. They also ran the two-episode Sun and Moon preview that same day. My apologies.

belladonna_of_sadness_posterFrom the most commercial anime franchise of all to arthouse. This is the whiplash you can expect from Odds & Ends posts.

In case you missed the film’s limited theatrical run last year (click that link for trailer and description) and haven’t picked up the BD, Turner Classic Movies Canada has scheduled the hauntingly bizarre Belladonna of Sadness for a run on March 4th at 2:15AM. This mirrors the US TCM which had scheduled the film for the same time and date. Both feeds will follow the film up with the equally mystifying 1973 Franco-Czech animated feature Fantastic Planet at 4AM. You might think that’s a really weird time slot, but the content justifies it.

All times eastern.

Slick pompadour sporting Sunrise rooster in front of the chain's since closed flagship Toronto store.

Slick pompadour sporting Sunrise rooster in front of the chain’s since closed flagship Toronto store.

We’ve got an update on the last story from the first Odds & Ends post. While HMV will be shutting down its 102 store Canadian footprint by the end of April, the once beleaguered Sunrise Records chain has announced plans to open locations where over 70 HMVs once stood. The company will start launching locations in early April.

Does this mean the Canadian anime fan won’t have to shop online or dig through mom and pops to find physical anime? Right now, that’s still up in the air. While Sunrise sells home video releases, the company’s focus is largely on music, which means its DVD/BD selection is lacklustre compared to what HMV once stocked. Based on the press release boasting a 2000 title vinyl catalog and a planned 50% increase in CD availability, there doesn’t appear to be any change in priorities. Well, outside of “adding licensed figures, plush characters as well as an extensive selection of board games” in their pursuit of being on the “cutting edge of pop culture trends.” As it stands now, Sunrise does about 60% of its business in music, 15-20% through home video, with the rest being the ominous “other.” Yeah, more Funko Pops. Not too big of a surprise, though. Sunrise’s president Doug Putman comes from Everest Toys, a family business that handles distribution in Canada for a number of toy manufacturers … including Funko. Maybe that explains how a chain that only operated 9 stores in Ontario is going to expand to more than 79 nationwide by the summer.

Thanks goes to Greg and Jesse for the news tips.
Sunrise image stolen from James Hamilton’s Toronto Grand Prix Tourist blog.

    • soshifan1209
    • March 1st, 2017

    No matter what happens, at least we can still get our Funko fix!

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