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Hello! As our talented artists and animators continue our tradition of splendidly beautiful hand-drawn animation and hand-painted backgrounds, we are carefully exploring new and innovative ways to tell our stories. It’s a tricky and careful balance and we think The Imaginary deserves it… and that you, our audience, will love the results. These new challenges – and a few pandemic-hurdles – have resulted in the studio postponing our release in Japan. We remain hard at work, making great progress. Please keep an eye on this page for updates and please follow our international Twitter feed. Thanks for your support as we create our superb new film, The Imaginary !

Studio Ponoc is thrilled to announce its newest film, The Imaginary. English press release here.

The teaser trailer for The Imaginary is revealed!

The teaser trailer for The Imaginary is ready for you to see now! With the delicate touch of Studio Ponoc’s hand-drawn animation, you can see the opening to imagination at the beginning of the film, foreshadowing the magnificent story to come. Also revealed is the expression on the face of the “invisible” protagonist of The Imaginary, Rudger, who at first glance appears to be an ordinary boy.

We hope you will enjoy this first peek at The Imaginary!

The first poster for Studio Ponoc’s newest project, the animated feature film The Imaginary arriving in Japan in Summer 2022, is here!

Studio Ponoc is proud to announce its newest project, the animated feature film The Imaginary, to be released in theaters in Japan in the summer of 2022.

It has been five years since Studio Ponoc’s first animated feature film, Mary and The Witch's Flower, was released around the world, becoming a hit and beloved classic for fans of beautiful storytelling. Now, in The Imaginary, Studio Ponoc presents the story of Rudger.

Born from a young girl’s imagination, Rudger is a boy no one can see who lives in a world where imaginations can live and be eaten by others. The Imaginary is an extraordinarily touching and beautiful hand-drawn fantasy film in which Rudger and his new friends in “The Imaginaries Town” embark on an adventure no one can see at the risk of the futures and fates of those they love.

In the first poster for The Imaginary, Rudger and his friends who live in the “The Imaginaries Town” gather around a fantastic giant tree! Please look forward to the adventures these unique characters show us.

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