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‘Poupelle Of Chimney Town’ Coming to Premium VOD May 3

The film, based on the popular book by Akihiro Nishino, tells a tale of friendship, courage and hope; coming to digital May 17 and Blu-ray + DVD combo May 31.

Eleven Arts and Shout! Factory will release the new 3D CG animated feature, Poupelle Of Chimney Town, on Premium VOD May 3, following its theatrical release. The film comes to digital download on May 17 and on Blu-ray + DVD combo May 31.

Directed by Yusuke Hirota and produced at Tokyo’s STUDIO4ºC, Poupelle of Chimney Town brings to life a unique and inspiring tale about friendship, courage, hope, and perseverance to reach for the stars. The story is based on a popular Japanese picture book by author and creator Akihiro Nishino and boasts A stellar English-language voice cast featuring Tony Hale (Being the Ricardos, Veep), Antonio Raul Corbo (Brooklyn Nine-Nine), Stephen Root (Finding Nemo, King of the Hill), Misty Lee (Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order, Ultimate Spider-Man), and Hasan Minhaj (The Daily Show, The Morning Show).

The film tells the story of young Lubicchi living among the thick smoke from the chimneys of his isolated town, yearning to see the “stars” — to know the truth — his father always told him about. One Halloween night he meets Poupelle, a man made of garbage, and together they look to the sky as their adventure begins.

Available for the first time in North America, the collectible Poupelle of Chimney Town Blu-ray + DVD combo pack contains the movie presentation (featuring both versions – English audio and Japanese audio with English subtitles), insightful bonus content, and an exclusive art booklet with a special message from the executive producer and creator Akihiro Nishino. The combo pack is now available for pre-order now at and will be available in stores and other retailers. Fans who order the Blu-ray + DVD combo pack from Shout! Factory will receive an exclusive poster while supplies last.

An official selection of Annecy International Animation Film Festival and other festivals, Poupelle of Chimney Town has been recognized with several honors and movie awards nominations, including a Japan Academy Film Prize for Excellent Animation of the Year, a Cristal Award nomination from Annecy for Best Feature, an ANNIE awards nomination for Best Music – Feature, and a Satoshi Kon Award nomination from Fantasia for Best Animated Feature.

Check out the trailer:

Bonus Features:

  • The World of Chimney Town — A discussion with the director and creator, Hirota and Nishino
  • What's Next for Chimney Town — An Interview with creator, Nishino
  • Creator Akihiro Nishino Special Q&A — Malibu Film Society Screening

Source: Shout! Factory

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Debbie Diamond Sarto is news editor at Animation World Network.