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‘Poupelle of Chimney Town’ Now Available on VOD

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

Today, May 3, Eleven Arts and Shout! Factory releases the 3D CG animated feature, Poupelle of Chimney Town, on Premium VOD. 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.

Read Victoria Davis’ feature article, ‘Poupelle of Chimney Town’ Challenges Us to Look Up, Not Down, on AWN

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), 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

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.

Source: Shout! Factory

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