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Shout! Factory, Toei Animation Form Multi-Picture Distribution Pact for ‘Digimon’

Multi-picture deal will reunite the characters and cast from the original cult classic series.

LOS ANGELES -- Shout! Factory and Toei Animation have announced a new multi-picture deal to bring Toei Animation’s highly popular action-adventure anime film series, Digimon Adventure tri. to the home entertainment marketplace.

This new multi-year alliance provides Shout! Factory with exclusive North American broadcast and home entertainment distribution rights to the first three feature-length movies (boasting English voice cast) from the Digimon Adventure tri. film series, including DVD, Blu-ray which will also include the original Japanese audio with English subtitles, and electronic sell-through digital rights. Shout! Factory plans a strategic rollout of the new films, beginning with the first movie, Digimon Adventure tri Reunion on home entertainment shelves this year. The announcement was made by Shout! Factory’s founders Richard Foos, Bob Emmer and Garson Foos; and Masayuki Endo, President of Toei Animation Inc.

“We’re incredibly excited about this opportunity with Toei Animation. Digimon continues to stand as an enduring global pop culture phenomenon. We look forward to bringing these highly entertaining and immersive movies to anime fans and families,” said Melissa Boag, Senior Vice President of Kids & Family Entertainment at Shout! Factory.

“Shout! Factory is an exceptional partner as we prepare to share the exciting new chapter of the Digimon saga with our fans across North America,” said Masayuki Endo, President of Toei Animation Inc. “Digimon Adventure tri Reunion not only reunites Digimon’s talented cast and beloved characters, it reconnects the series with a generation of viewers, and perhaps even their children, who can’t wait to follow the adventure into a new era.”

Produced by Toei Animation, Digimon Adventure tri Reunion is Digimon’s first feature-length film since 2000 and has already delighted audiences and loyal fans across Japan. This film reunites the characters and original cast from the classic television series.

Toei Animation has revamped this wildly popular anime movie for North American audiences by bringing onboard a stellar English voice cast. Joshua Seth, who voiced the main character Tai Kamiya in the original series, returns to the role for this feature film, alongside an exciting team of voice talent and DIGIMON luminaries, including Colleen O’Shaughnessey (Toy Story 3) as Sora Takenouchi, Mona Marshall (South Park) as Izzy Izumi, Philece Sampler (The Legend of Korra) as Mimi Tachikawa, Tom Fahn (Digimon: Digital Monsters) as Agumon, Kirk Thornton (Sonic Boom) as Garurumon, Jeff Nimoy (Digimon Data Squad) as Tentomon and Kabuterimon, Melodee Spevack (Digimon: Digital Monsters) as Birdramon, and Dave Mallow (Mighty Morphin Power Rangers) as Angemon.

Digimon Adventure tri. — Reunion picks up when the beloved Digimon Adventure 2002 series ended. It's been six years since that summer adventure when Tai (now in high school) and the rest of the “DigiDestined” crossed over to the Digital World, and nearly three years since the frenzied final battles between warring factions. With the gate to the Digital World closed, time continues to pass, until the adventure “digi-volves” once again.

Source: Shout! Factory