Eleven Arts screened the film across the US and Canada in January.
On the day before her birthday, young Akane meets the mysterious alchemist Hippocrates who brings her through a basement and into a fantastical world full of magic and color. He reveals that this world is in danger, and as the “Green Goddess” it is her destiny and responsibility to save this world. The only problem? Akane just wants to go home.
International film festivals
The Wonderland film premiered in Japan in April 2019 and was featured in 2019’s Annecy International Animation Film Festival in June. It also screened at Fantasia Festival in Montreal, Canada in July 2019 and at Crunchyroll Expo. Crunchyroll Expo served as it’s US premiere in August 2019. The film also made its way to Spain’s Sitges International Fantastic Film Festival.
About The Wonderland
The Wonderland was based off of the 1988 children’s book Chikashitru Kara no Fushigi na Tabi (Strange Journey From The Basement) by Sachiko Kashiwaba. In adapting the book to film, Miho Maruo wrote the script while Russian artist Ilya Kuvshinov designed the characters and visuals.
Bonus features on the Blu-Ray will also include interviews with the Japanese voice cast and commentary with artist Ilya Kuvshinov.
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