Releasing from January 2021 to March 2021, the 12 episode Shin-Ei Animation and Japan Green Hearts stop motion animated Pui Pui Molcar short series quickly rose to popularity in Japan, trending on Twitter and earning top ranking on Filmarks, Japan’s largest film/TV/anime/review website. Featured as a segment a part of TV Tokyo’s Kinder TV children’s variety program, the Tomoki Misato-directed Pui Pui Molcar focuses on the cute, innocent misadventures of guinea pig/car hybrids.
Anime studio Sunrise is collaborating with the stop motion franchise through their latest Gundam films Mobile Suit Gundam Hathaway’s Flash and Gundam Reconguista in G III: The Legacy of Space and the Tobidase! Narase! Pui Pui Molcar compilation film, all of which are screening in Japan.
The collaboration has produced three distinct pieces of artwork for each film. The Hathaway’s Flash version is a rework of the mecha key visual for the movie adding confetti and Molcars. The Gundam Reconguista in G version is a newly drawn illustration by the film’s animation director Chiemo Kurosaki, featuring Noredo Nug from G Reco and Choco from Pui Pui Molcar. Lastly the Pui Pui Molcar version is a reference to episode 10 of the series “I want to Be a Hero” featuring Abbey with RX-105 Xi Gundam and YG-111 Gundam G-Self decals.
First in a trilogy of anime films helmed by Shukou Murase, Mobile Suit Gundam Hathaway’s Flash or Hathaway is the official sequel to the 1988 Mobile Suit Gundam Char’s Counterattack movie. The project was announced in November 2018 to celebrate the Gundam 40th anniversary, adapting the Yoshiyuki Tomino-penned novel series of the same name. The novels were originally released from 1989 to 1990, as a follow-up to Tomino’s Char’s Counterattack: Beltorchika’s Children novel, published by Kadokawa’s Kadokawa Sneaker Bunko imprint.
Opening to Japanese theaters June 11 the Hathaway film has earned record box office sales with 2,017,561,400 yen in revenue and 993,196 tickets sold. The film is nearing the 1982 Mobile Suit Gundam III: Encounters in Space as the highest earning film in the Gundam franchise, sitting at 2.3 billion yen in box office revenue.
While the film is screening in Japan, streaming giant Netflix is exclusively releasing the Hathaway film internationally. The film is dubbed with eight language options and thirty subtitled language options, available to 190 countries worldwide.
Gundam Reconguista in G III: A Legacy from Space released Thursday, July 22 to Japanese theaters and is the third entry in director Yoshiyuki Tomino’s five part compilation film series. The film series was announced in November 2018 as a part of the Mobile Suit Gundam 40th Anniversary Project. The compilations were to include new scenes and newly recorded, updated dialogue.
Source: Gundam Info