THE IMAGINARY Trailer Gives Us a Look at Netflix’s Upcoming Studio Ponoc Sensation

Experience Studio Ponoc's next sensation, 'The Imaginary,' in theaters first on June 28 and on Netflix July 5
The Imaginary

From the creators at Studio Ponoc comes an enchanting new adaptation of A.F. Harrold’s award-winning novel, The Imaginary. This highly anticipated animated feature film promises to take audiences on an epic adventure with its official trailer now available for eager fans. Directed by renowned animator Yoshiyuki Momose, known for his work on Spirited Away, The Imaginary will debut exclusively in theaters on June 28, before making its global streaming debut on Netflix on July 5.

Imagination is Just the Beginning

In this heartwarming narrative, Amanda conjures Rudger to share in her thrilling make-believe adventures. However, when Rudger finds himself alone in the Town of Imaginaries—a place where forgotten Imaginaries find work—he faces a mysterious threat. As Rudger navigates this new world, the film explores themes of love, loss, and the healing power of imagination.

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The Imaginary, produced by Studio Ponoc, is set to debut exclusively in theaters on June 28, before making its global streaming debut on Netflix on July 5. Directed by renowned animator Yoshiyuki Momose, known for his work on Spirited Away, the film brings to life the enchanting story of young Amanda and her imaginary companion, Rudger.

Innovative Animation Techniques

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The Imaginary boasts groundbreaking hand-drawn animation, enhanced by pioneering techniques of light and shadow. This innovation brings a unique visual depth to the film, making it a standout in modern animation. The film is based on A.F. Harrold’s award-winning novel, illustrated by Emily Gravett, and promises to captivate audiences with its stunning visuals and compelling storytelling.

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The film is directed by Yoshiyuki Momose and produced by Yoshiaki Nishimura, a two-time Academy Award nominee known for The Tale of The Princess Kaguya and When Marnie Was There. The main theme song, “Nothing’s Impossible,” is performed by A Great Big World featuring Rachel Platten, adding a musical touch to this cinematic experience.

Studio Ponoc and Netflix Partnership

Netflix The Imaginary

This film marks the beginning of a multi-film partnership between Studio Ponoc and Netflix, aiming to bring high-quality, hand-drawn animated features to audiences worldwide. Studio Ponoc, founded in 2015 by former Studio Ghibli producer Yoshiaki Nishimura, is dedicated to creating globally appealing animation that inspires and enthralls viewers of all ages.

The announcement of The Imaginary follows a monumental year for Netflix’s animated features, including Guillermo del Toro’s Oscar-winning Pinocchio and the record-breaking debut of Leo, starring Adam Sandler. This collaboration continues Netflix’s commitment to supporting and growing high-quality animation as a vital storytelling medium.

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You can support animation by watching The Imaginary on June 28 in theaters and July 5 on Netflix,

About The Imaginary

Netflix The Imaginary

Release Date: June 28 in theaters and July 5 on Netflix,
Director: Yoshiyuki Momose (Modest HeroesTomorrow’s Leaves)Screenwriter/Producer:  Yoshiaki Nishimura, Two-time Academy Award nominee (The Tale of The Princess KaguyaWhen Marnie Was There)
Production: Studio Ponoc
Main Theme Song “Nothing’s Impossible” Performed by: A Great Big World featuring Rachel Platten
Cast: Louie Rudge-Buchanan (Rudger), Evie Kiszel (Amanda), Hayley Atwell (Lizzie), Sky Katz (Emily), Jeremy Swift (Mr Bunting), Kal Penn (Zinzan), LeVar Burton (The Old Dog), Jane Singer (Granny Downbeat), Ruby Barnhill (Aurora), Roger Craig Smith (Snowflake), Courtenay Taylor (Cruncher-of-Bones), Miles Nibbe (John)

Studio Ponoc’s The Imaginary portrays the depths of humanity and creativity through the eyes of young Amanda and her imaginary companion, Rudger, a boy no one can see imagined by Amanda to share her thrilling make-believe adventures. But when Rudger, suddenly alone, arrives at The Town of Imaginaries, where forgotten Imaginaries live and find work, he faces a mysterious threat. Directed by renowned animator Yoshiyuki Momose (Spirited Away), The Imaginary is an unforgettable adventure of love, loss, and the healing power of imagination.

Are you ready to embark on an extraordinary journey with Amanda and Rudger? Will you discover the magical world of Imaginaries? How excited are you to see the groundbreaking animation and stellar performances in The Imaginary? Mark your calendars for and prepare to be captivated by this enchanting new film and let us know your thoughts on social media!

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