TOKYO – Stand by Me Doraemon, the latest in the hugely popular animated series, will be a 3D CG production directed by Takashi Yamazaki and 3D effects specialist and game creator Ryuichi Yagi, set for a summer 2014 release.
“I want the viewer to experience what it would be like if they could get their hands on Doraemon’s gadgets, what they could do. It’s like my own childhood dream, but with 3D you can do that,” Yamazaki told local media.
Yamazaki (Always: Sunset on Third Street, Space Battleship Yamato) and Yagi, have reportedly spent more than a year on developing the modeling for the CG characters. The production team also created the animation to match the voices, rather than the usual other way around.
Stand By Me Doraemon, which will be the 36th big-screen version, will honor what would have been the 80th birthday of Fujiko F. Fujio, creator of the original manga series, who wrote more than 1,300 Doraemon stories between 1969 and 1996.
In March, Doraemon overtook Godzilla as the biggest film series in Japan, clocking over 100 million admissions since 1980 for the animated adventures of the blue “cat-type robot” from the future. While the manga, the movies and the TV anime series are all popular across Asia, Doraemon has never had official English-language versions.