“Appleseed”, a feature length update to the classic anime and manga of the same name, will open in select cities in the U.S. on January 14, 2005, via Geneon Entertainment. “Appleseed” features a groundbreaking animation style, “3D Live Anime,” utilizing motion capture animation techniques. If you haven’t seen the trailer yet, check this out!
Set in the year 2131, after most of the world has been devastated by war, “Appleseed” chronicles the battle between mankind and bioroids, a race of cybernetic pseudo-clones designed to aid humans in domestic capacities. But when ideologies flare and aggression rises to the surface, the thin veneer of peaceful coexistence is shattered.
“Long before its debut during the American Film Market in February, the buzz about ‘Appleseed’ has grown at a rapid rate,” said Yosuke Kobayashi, president/CEO, Geneon Entertainment. “The animation style is like none other, and anime gurus, curious fans and general audiences will be attracted to this amazing sci-fi adventure.”
“Appleseed” boasts a new form animation called “3D Live Anime” – a combination of groundbreaking three-dimensional computer animation, in conjunction with two-dimensional character animation recreates the best qualities of traditional cel-based anime. The creative team behind the innovative animation style includes director Aramaki and producer Fumihiko Sori, whose credits include CG animation work on “Titanic” and directing the international sleeper hit Ping Pong.
The “Appleseed” soundtrack features an eclectic mix of music from around the world, including new tracks created by Japanese artists Boom Boom Satellites, world-renowned DJ/producer Paul Oakenfold (Matrix Reloaded, Swordfish), Ryuichi Sakamoto (The Last Emperor) and Basement Jaxx, among others.