Philippine broadcaster ABS-CBN has announced on its “Kapamilya Asianovelas” Facebook page on Wednesday that the 3D animated movie Stand By Me Doraemon is set to have its television premiere this month.
The movie will premiere on the channel’s Kapamilya Kiddie Blockbluster block on Sunday, March 13, at 10:30am right after Matanglawin.
Stand By Me Doraemon is the 36th feature film of the popular series, as well as the first one to be produced in 3D computer-generated animation.
Takashi Yamazaki and Ryuuichi Yagi, who previously collaborated on Japan’s first feature-length 3D animated film Friends: Mononoke Shima no Naki, directed Stand by Me. Yamazaki also handled the movie’s screenplay.
The movie was released in Japanese theaters in August last year, which had earned commercial success as it ranked number 1 in the Japanese box office and became the fifth highest grossing Japanese film in 2014, which earned a total of ¥8.38 billion.
The movie also earned numerous animation awards, including 38th Japan Academy Prizefor Outstanding Animation and 2015 Tokyo Anime Award for Animation of the Year.
Local film distributor VIVA International Pictures and Multivision Pictures Entertainment had released the anime movie in local cinemas in June last year, which was screened in English dubbing.
Philippine broadcaster GMA Network, which is the main competitor of ABS-CBN, had previously announced that “new episodes” of Doraemon television series is set to premiere within this year.