Netflix Reveals 1st Official English-Dubbed Trailer of The Imaginary

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Netflix has released a new official trailer for Studio Ponoc’s The Imaginary anime film, which will premiere on Netflix on July 5, 2024. It originally debuted in Japanese theaters on December 15, 2023 and is being screened at Annecy International Animation Film Festival. 

Yoshiyuki Momose is directing the anime film, having previously worked on the 2019 Ni no Kuni anime film and serving as character designer on the Ni no Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom video game. Yoshiaki Nishimura is credited as the film’s producer. 

Some of the English dub cast featured in the trailer include: 

  • • Louie Rudge-Buchanan as Rudger
  • • Evie Kiszel as Amanda
  • • Hayley Atwell as Lizzie
  • • Sky Katz as Emily
  • • Jeremy Swift as Mr. Bunting
  • • Kal Penn as Zinzan
  • • LeVar Burton as The Old Dog
  • • Jane Singer as Granny Downbeat
  • • Ruby Barnhill as Aurora
  • • Roger Craig Smith as Snowflake
  • • Courtenay Taylor as Cruncher-of-Bones
  • • Miles Nibbe as John

Meanwhile, the Japanese voice cast includes: 

  • • Kokoro Terada as Rudger
  • • Rio Suzuki as Amanda
  • • Sakura Ando as Lizzie
  • • Riisa Naka as Emily
  • • Takayuki Yamada as Zinzan
  • • Atsuko Takahata as Granny Downbeat 
  • • Issey Ogata as Mr. Bunting
  • • Akira Terao as The Old Dog
  • • Hana Sugisaki as Aurora

The Imaginary is based on A.F. Harrold and Emily Gravett‘s 2014 novel of the same name. It was originally set for release  in the summer of 2022, but was delayed around March 2022. The film is also being considered for an Oscar qualifying run later in the year. 

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© 2023 Ponoc

Netflix previously confirmed that it has entered into a multi-film partnership with Ponoc to bring its animated features exclusively to its service. 

Studio Ponoc describes the film’s synopsis as:

The main character of The Imaginary is 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.

Source: Netflix YouTube Channel

William Moo is a freelance writer who has previously written for OTAQUEST and MANGA.TOKYO. He enjoys watching lots of anime every season and reading from time to time. You can follow him on Twitter @thewriterSITB.
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