February 28, 2022

“Belle” Arrives on Blu-Ray and Digital Platforms

Critically-Acclaimed Animated Masterpiece from Academy Award®-Nominated Director Mamoru Hosoda Available on Digital Platforms May 3, 2022 and on Blu-Ray™ May 17 , 2022

“MIND BLOWING! A world unlike anything we have seen!” – Rafael Motomayor, The Observer

From the celebrated Academy Award®-nominated director Mamoru Hosoda and Studio Chizu, creators of Mirai, Wolf Children, and Summer Wars, comes BELLE, a fantastical, heartfelt story of growing up in the age of social media.  Lauded by critics around the globe following its premiere at the 74th Annual Cannes Film Festival and nominated for five Annie Awards including Best Independent Feature, this stunningly animated film is a breathtaking adaptation of a tale as old as time.

BELLE will be available on all major digital platforms on May 3, 2022, as a Blu-ray + DVD combo pack May 17, 2022, and a Target©-exclusive Steelbook edition May 17, 2022 from GKIDS with distribution by Shout! Factory.  The Blu-ray + DVD and Steelbook editions also include a number of bonus features, including a conversation with director Mamoru Hosoda, the featurettes The Making of BELLE, The Music of BELLE, Finding the Voice of Belle, Hosoda Draws BELLE, Scene Breakdowns, and more!

Digital versions of the film will be available both in the original Japanese and as an English dub, and the Blu-ray + DVD combo pack and Steelbook editions will contain both Japanese and English versions. BELLE boasts a star-studded English voice cast including Chace Crawford, Manny Jacinto, Kylie McNeill, and Hunter Schafer.  Fans of this heartfelt fable for a digital age can pre-order copies now by visiting GKIDS.com/store

On BELLE, the Japanese creative team worked in collaboration with a roster of international talents. Character designer Jin Kim, the artist behind several iconic Disney features including Moana, Tangled, and Frozen, designed the titular Belle. Cartoon Saloon’s Oscar®-nominated Tomm Moore and Ross Stewart (Wolfwalkers, Song of the Sea, The Secret of Kells) also join the team, contributing artwork for the various virtual fantasy worlds within the film. Hosoda continues his film collaborations with architects, and is joined by up-and-coming British architect and designer Eric Wong, who designed the virtual world of “U.” Taisei Iwasaki (“Blood Blockade Battlefront.,” Studio Ghibli’s “Giant God Warrior Appears in Tokyo) along with composing original songs and score, led multiple composers and produced the film’s music entirely. Other composers include the critically acclaimed Yuta Bandoh (“Yuri on Ice”) and BAFTA nominee Ludvig Forrsell (Kojima Productions’ “Death Stranding”). The film’s main theme “U” was performed by groundbreaking Japanese act millennium parade, led by the composer of the song Daiki Tsuneta.

Belle Blu-ray + DVD Combo Pack Bonus Features

  • The Making of BELLE*
  • A Conversation with Director Mamoru Hosoda
  • The Music of BELLE
  • Hosoda Draws BELLE
  • Finding the Voice of Belle
  • Scene Breakdowns
  • Mamoru Hosoda at Animation is Film
  • Design Gallery*
  • Kylie McNeill Performs “Gales of Song”*

*Only available on the Blu-ray disc

SYNOPSIS

Suzu is a shy, everyday high school student living in a rural village. For years, she has only been a shadow of herself. But when she enters “U”, a massive virtual world, she escapes into the online persona of Belle, a gorgeous and globally-beloved singer. One day, her concert is interrupted by a monstrous creature chased by vigilantes. As their hunt escalates, Suzu embarks on an emotional and epic quest to uncover the identity of this mysterious “beast” and to discover her true self in a world where you can be anyone.

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