BELLE will be available on all major digital platforms on May 3, 2022, as a Blu-ray™ + DVD Combo Pack on May 17, 2022, and a Target © Exclusive Steelbook Edition on May 17, 2022 from GKIDS with distribution by Shout! Plant. The Blu-ray + DVD and Steelbook editions also include a number of bonus features, including a conversation with director Mamoru Hosoda, The Making of BEAUTIFULThe music of BEAUTIFULFind Belle’s voice, Hosoda draws BEAUTIFULScene breakdowns, and more!
The digital versions of the film will be available in both the original Japanese and the English dub, and the Blu-ray + DVD combo pack and Steelbook editions will contain both the Japanese and English versions. BEAUTIFUL features a star-studded English voice cast including Chace Crawford, Manny Jacinto, Kylie McNeill and Hunter Schafer. Fans of this heartfelt fable in the digital age can pre-order copies now by visiting ShoutFactory.com and GKIDS.com/store.
On BELLE, the Japanese creative team worked in collaboration with a roster of international talent. Character designer Jin Kim, the artist behind several iconic Disney features, including Moana, Tangled and Frozen, designed the titular Belle. Cartoon Saloon Oscar® nominees Tomm Moore and Ross Stewart (Wolfwalkers, Song of the Sea, The Secret of Kells) also join the team, contributing illustrations to the film’s various virtual fantasy worlds. Hosoda continues his film collaborations with architects and is joined by up-and-coming British architect and designer Eric Wong, who designed the virtual world of “U”. Taisei Iwasaki (“Blood Blockade Battlefront.”, Studio Ghibli’s “Giant God Warrior Appears in Tokyo”) in addition to composing original songs and scores, has directed several composers, and produced all of the music for the film. Other composers include critically acclaimed Yuta Bandoh (“Yuri on Ice”) and BAFTA-nominated Ludvig Forrsell (“Death Stranding” by Kojima Productions). The film’s main theme “U” was performed by the Japanese Millennial Revolutionary Parade, led by songwriter Daiki Tsuneta. Suzu is a shy and ordinary high school girl who lives in a rural village. For years, she was only a shadow of herself. But when she enters “U”, a huge virtual world, she escapes into the online persona of Belle, a gorgeous and world-famous singer. One day, his concert is interrupted by a monstrous creature pursued by vigilantes. As their hunt intensifies, Suzu embarks on an emotional and epic quest to uncover the identity of this mysterious “beast” and uncover its true self in a world where you can be anyone.
BEAUTIFUL Blu-Ray™ + DVD combo pack bonus features
Behind the scenes of BEAUTIFUL*
Interview with director Mamoru Hosoda
The music of BEAUTIFUL
Hosoda Prints BEAUTIFUL
Breakdown of scenes
find the voice of Beautiful
Mamoru Hosoda at Animation is Film
Kylie McNeill performs “Gales of Song”*
*Only available on Blu-ray Disc
GKIDS is the producer and distributor of award-winning animated feature films for adult and family audiences. Since 2010, the company has garnered 12 Academy Award nominations for Best Animated Feature with Kels’ secret in 2010, A cat in Paris and Chico & Rita in 2012, Ernest and Celestine in 2014, The Story of Princess Kaguya and song of the sea in 2015, boy and the world and When Marnie Was Here in 2016, my zucchini life in 2017, The breadwinner in 2018, Mirai in 2019, and wolf walkers in 2021. GKIDS manages North American distribution of the acclaimed Studio Ghibli film library, one of the world’s most coveted animation collections with titles Taken away as if by magic, My Neighbor Totoro, Princess Mononoke and others; as well as the critically acclaimed television series, NEON GENESIS EVANGELION. Additionally, GKIDS is the founder and host of ANIMATION IS FILM, the annual Los Angeles-based film festival that embraces the highest aspirations of animation as a cinematic art form, and is an ardent defender of filmmakers who push the limits of the medium as far as possible. range of artistic expressions. www.gkids.com
About Shout! Plant
Yell! Factory, LLC is a leading multi-platform multimedia company dedicated to the distribution, development and production of film and television, and the preservation and revitalization of the best in pop culture entertainment. Founded by Richard Foos, Bob Emmer and Garson Foos in 2003, Shout! owns and manages a large portfolio of films, contemporary and classic television series, animation and documentaries. The company’s creative acquisition mandate has established it as a leading independent distributor, with partners and properties including GKIDS, sesame street, The Carol Burnett Show, The Johnny Carson Show, IFC Films, Stephen J. Cannell Productions, ITV Studios, Major League Baseball Productions and many more. Yell! Factory Kids focuses on live action and animated kids and family properties, and the company releases movies and TV shows in other genres under the Scream Factory and Shout Select imprints. Yell! develops, acquires and distributes new films through Shout! Studios, owns and operates libraries, including Mystery Science Theater 3000 (in partnership with creator Joel Hodgson) and the Roger Corman New Horizon Pictures Library, and operates popular streaming service Shout! Factory television. Yell! The factory is based in Los Angeles, California. To learn more about Shout! factory, visit shoutfactory.com.