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Shout!, Funimation Bring 'Big Fish & Begonia' to the Big Screen

Acclaimed Chinese feature film will be released in theaters April 6 in the U.S. and Canada.

'Big Fish & Begonia' will be released April 6 in theaters in the United States and Canada.

LOS ANGELES -- Shout! Studios has tapped Funimation Films as its U.S. theatrical partner to jointly launch artful animated feature Big Fish & Begonia across U.S. cinemas starting April 6.

The announcement was made by Melissa Boag, senior VP of family entertainment at Shout! Studios, and Gen Fukunaga, CEO and founder of Funimation.

Big Fish & Begonia is a beautiful epic fantasy adventure, bolstered by exquisite animation and enchanting narrative,” said Boag. “We’re incredibly excited about presenting this film to the big screen for animation enthusiasts and broad movie audiences. ”

Directed by Xuan Liang and Chun Zhang, the film entwines new storytelling, mythical legends and lyrical characters from beloved Chinese literary classics. Already a great box-office success overseas, Big Fish & Begonia is China's foremost animated feature film. Many animation enthusiasts, artists and critics alike have heralded the movie’s artistic achievement as the forefront of the burgeoning Chinese animation industry.

This highly-anticipated movie premiered in competition at Annecy International Animation Film Festival, BFI London Film Festival, and has been selected to screen at New York International Children’s Film Festival.

Movie will be presented in an English-language version, as well as in Mandarin with English subtitles. The film is rated PG-13 and has a run time of 105 minutes.

Source: Shout! Studios, Funimation

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Tom McLean has been writing for years about animation from a secret base in Los Angeles.