Philippine theater chain SM Cinema has announced on Tuesday that they are screening Doraemon: Nobita’s New Dinosaur anime film.
The theater chain announced that Doraemon’s 40th theatrical anime film will be screened in cinemas starting Friday, February 19, in the following branches:
- SM Cinema Bacoor
- SM Cinema Baguio
- SM Cinema Baliwag
- SM Cinema Cabanatuan
- SM Cinema CDO Downtown
- SM Cinema Calamba
- SM Cinema Clark
- SM Cinema Iloilo
- SM Cinema Marilao
- SM Cinema Naga
- SM Cinema Olongapo Central
- SM Cinema Sta. Rosa
- SM Cinema Taytay
- SM Cinema Mindpro
- SM Cinema Bacolod
- SM Cinema Cauayan
Doraemon: Nobita’s New Dinosaur is the 40th animated theatrical film adaptation of the popular Doraemon comedy franchise, started as a long-running manga series created by Fujiko Fujio, which is the pen name of the mangaka pair Hiroshi Fujimoto and Motoo Abiko.
The upcoming anime film is the first theatrical film of the franchise released in the Reiwa era, which was initially scheduled to be released in Japanese cinemas in March 6, 2020 but was postponed to August 7 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The upcoming film commemorates the 50th anniversary of the original manga’s release, as well as lead character Nobita’s birthday.
Kazuaki Imai, who previously worked in the franchise’s 2018 anime film Doraemon the Movie: Nobita’s Treasure Island, directed the latest anime film adaptation, while Genki Kawamura also returned to handle the scripts.
Japanese pop-rock band Mr. Children sung the anime film’s theme songs “Birthday” and “Kimi to Kasaneta Monologue”. This will be the first time that the franchise will feature two theme songs, as well as the band writing two songs for a movie.
The popular franchise’s 2005 anime cast, including Megumi Ohara (as Nobita) and Wasabi Mizuta (as Doraemon) reprised their role in their latest film.