Canadian Theatrical News: Ultraman Double Feature [Updated 2/24/2017]


Tsuburaya’s Ultra series stands alongside Toei’s Kamen Rider and Super Sentai franchises as one of Japan’s most enduring superhero properties. So much so, that 50 years after its debut, new TV and web series, films, toys, manga, and games continue to be released. For the first time ever, two of those Ultra movies are hitting the North American big screen.

There’s been multiple attempts to bring the franchise to western audiences, be it through English dubs of Japanese series, or new productions built from the ground up. You might remember some of these, like the short-lived 4Kids Entertainment borderline parody dub of Ultraman Tiga that ran on FOX in 2002, but most of them dwell in complete obscurity, such as the fate bestowed on Ultraman: The Ultimate Hero, Ultraman: Towards the Future, and the animated Hanna-Barbera co-pro Ultraman: The Adventure Begins. Heck, the first attempt, a 1967 dub of the original series, Ultra-Q, by Toronto’s Film House (now known as Deluxe Toronto), was never officially released in any capacity. Continue reading

Canadian Theatrical News: One Piece Film: Gold


Merry Christmas!

The early 2017 anime-related theatrical insanity carries on with the latest One Piece feature film. Toei Animation and Funimation are bringing the thirteenth theatrical movie, One Piece Film: Gold, to cinemas in Canada over the period of January 11-16th. The screenings will be presented with English audio. Speaking of audio, if you hit the end of the post, you’ll get to hear some clips from an abandoned Canadian One Piece production. Continue reading

Canadian Theatrical News: Studio Ghibli’s Ocean Waves

The latest addition to our potential January anime insanity has just been announced. GKIDS will be releasing Tomomi Mochizuki and Studio Ghibli’s 1993 film, Ocean Waves, in select theatres in the coming weeks. This is the first time the film is getting an official release in North America, outside of festival showcases. How come? Well, if you read the plot synopsis and watch the trailer below it’ll become pretty clear this isn’t a film Ghibli’s previous distributor, Disney, would find particularly marketable. The same thing happened to Only Yesterday, which GKIDS just put out earlier this year. However, unlike Takahata’s film, Ocean Waves won’t be dubbed into English. It seems even GKIDS is a bit shaky on this one. Continue reading

Canadian Theatrical News: Girls Und Panzer Der Film takes aim at late January


After two false starts, it looks like Sentai Filmworks and Eleven Arts have finally solidified a theatrical date for Girls Und Panzer Der Film in Canada. Cineplex is now taking ticket preorders for a screening on January 26, 2017. Most locations will run the movie at 7:30PM local. Continue reading

Beyblade Burst premieres return on Teletoon, Amazon Prime eyes Canadian launch + Major Theatrical Update


So far, Beyblade Burst has had a bumpy ride in Canada. It premiered to little pre-release promotion on September 10th and then immediate confusion as the second episode premiered the next day (even the official social media handler thought it would be a re-run). Then, after four weekends and eight episodes, debuts abruptly ended on October 2nd as the show began a repeat run on both Teletoon and Disney XD Canada. We’ll never know what happened, but some solid guesses would be that airing two episodes a week of a show that (as of October 2nd) had only run twenty-six episodes in Japan probably makes things difficult for the English production team. Or, maybe Sunrights and Hasbro wanted to make sure we didn’t get too far ahead of their pending US run.

Either way, that all looks to be in the past as Teletoon’s schedule is listing a return to premieres with episode nine, “Wyvron in the Way,” set for November 26th at 3PM. Neither TV Passport nor Teletoon’s schedule list a premiere for Sunday; with a repeat of episode seven expected to run. I guess that’s the end of double premieres. Unless Teletoon pulls some holiday pre-emptions, Canada should still be ahead of the US by three episodes after Disney XD’s premiere event.
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Canadian Theatrical News: No Yo-Kai, but maybe Girls und Panzer?


Here’s a small update on the movies you can (or cannot) see on the big screen in Canada:

Remember how I said an Eleven Arts representative told me Yo-Kai Watch: The Movie would come to Canadian theatres despite the deleted Cineplex listing? Well, that same representative got back to me last week and said that’s no longer the case. The movie isn’t planned to have screenings in Canada. Sorry to anyone anticipating it! Continue reading

Canadian Animation News: Rainmaker no more and the “new” Nelvana


2016 has been a big year for Rainmaker. The Vancouver-based animation studio launched the direct-to-video revival Open Season: Scared Silly and the theatrical adaptation of Ratchet & Clank this spring, continued work on the Bob The Builder and Barbie franchises, and continues prep for the upcoming ReBoot: The Guardian Code TV series. 2017 is set up to be a landmark year; not only as more of those projects come to fruition, but because Rainmaker itself will undergo a transformation. That transformation sees the addition of two new partners, an executive reshuffling and a new name: WOW! Unlimited Media. Continue reading